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Taylor Eads now has 8 home runs in 2014
Taylor Eads now has 8 home runs in 2014
Baseball - Sat, Mar. 15, 2014

WESTWEGO, La. – The Spring Hill College baseball team split a conference doubleheader with the Loyola University (La.) Wolf Pack at Segnette Field on Saturday afternoon by dropping the first game 2-1 in the final at-bat but then rebounding to win the nightcap 9-3 and take the three-game series in a two-games-to-one decision.

After falling behind 1-0 off a wild pitch early in the game, the Badgers responded in the 6th inning with a two-out RBI single up the middle by Cyrus Beermann that brought in senior Mykol Sostarich from 3rd base to knot the game at 1-1.

Loyola (16-13, 6-6 SSAC) loaded the bases in the 7th inning off a leadoff double, a sacrifice bunt and two intentional walks. Right fielder Karson Cullins then poked a game-winning single into right off SHC reliever Keller Douglas.

Starting pitcher Paul Sullivan lasted 3.1 innings for the Badgers with five hits, two walks and no strikeouts while Johnathan Billings (0-1) pitched three full innings with two hits, four walks and no strikeouts.

The Badgers scored two runs off three hits in the 1st inning of the second game only to see the Wolf Pack bounce back in the bottom of the frame with a run off three hits.

Loyola later tied the game with a runner scoring from 3rd base off a second-to-first double play ball, but Spring Hill took a 4-2 lead in the 7th inning with two unearned runs off a Wolf Pack  infield error.

Two consecutive Badger infield errors loaded the bases with two out for Loyola in the 8th inning, but a lazy fly ball to Sostarich in left field ended the Wolf Pack threat.

Garrett Webb smashed a single back up the middle for two more Badger runs in the 9th inning then first baseman Taylor Eads crushed his eighth home run of the year to left for three SHC runs that put the Badgers up 9-2.

Starter Jack Howard (4-1) earned the win in seven innings with five hits, four walks and six strikeouts while Brady Hitt notched his second save of the year with two innings of work, two hits, two walks and no strikeouts.

On offense, Eads finished the day with three hits and four RBI whiles senior second baseman Brian Sims had three hits with three runs scored. Webb collected three hits and four RBI in the second game. Beermann, Sostarich, catcher Roy Moulder and third baseman Blake Tuscano each had a pair of hits on the day.

Spring Hill (18-11, 9-6 SSAC) will next host Tuskegee University (6-11) in a non-conference game at historic Stan Galle Field on Tuesday at 3 p.m.