The 2nd-ranked Spring Hill College softball team used two dominating pitching performances and two timely hits to sweep a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) doubleheader away from the Bethel University Lady Wildcats by the scores of 3-0 and 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Murray Field.
In the opening game, Badger All-America pitcher Caroline Sagrera (10-1) struck out 12 Wildcat batters and allowed just three hits with a walk for her fifth shutout of the year. Spring Hill took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning when shortstop Shea Blanchard ripped a triple into right field to plate centerfielder Taylor Webre from 1st base. Blanchard later scampered home off an infield grounder to the right side by left fielder Jenna Charnock. Catcher Sam Leach added an insurance run in the 5th frame with an RBI-single to right.
Ericca McCormic fell to 1-4 on the season for the Wildcats (4-12, 1-5 SSAC West) with six hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
The second game saw sophomore Sarah Bolotte (4-2) take to the circle and earn her second shutout of 2014 with a one-hitter that included just one walk, a hit batter and three strikeouts. The big hit came from second baseman Raleigh Downs in the 6th inning when she scored Charnock from 2nd base with a double to deep centerfield.
Kathryn Kreuziger (1-3) took the loss for Bethel with just three hits allowed, no walks and a strikeout.
At the plate on the day, Leach tallied three hits with an RBI while Blanchard had two hits with a run-driven-in.
Spring Hill (14-3, 4-0 SSAC West) will next travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play in the William Carey University Invitational this weekend beginning on Friday with Alcorn State University (2-8) at 5:30 p.m. and Mississippi Valley State University (2-17) at 7:30 p.m. at Joseph and Nancy Fail Field.