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Caroline Sagrera allowed just three base-runners in Game 1
Caroline Sagrera allowed just three base-runners in Game 1
Softball - Tue, Mar. 18, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The 3rd-ranked Spring Hill College softball team split a conference doubleheader with the Faulkner University Lady Eagles on Tuesday afternoon as SHC starter Caroline Sagrera threw her second career no-hitter in a 4-0 opening game victory before the Badgers fell 2-0 in the nightcap.

Sagrera (14-2) allowed just three walks to the Lady Eagles (11-10, 3-3 SSAC) and struck out 11 batters to pick up her 14th win and run her NAIA-leading strikeout total to 166 on the year.

The Badgers struck first in the top of the 1st inning when first baseman Elise deBruler ripped a two-out double to left-center to drive in left fielder Jenna Charnock and second baseman Raleigh Downs. The visitors then added two more insurance runs in the 5th inning when the Eagles walked in a run and SHC 3rd baseman Lea Kittrell punched a single to right to score Downs from 3rd base.

Chelsey Dunnaway took the loss for Faulkner in 4.2 innings with two hits, seven walks and four strikeouts.

The second game saw the Badgers pound out 10 hits, but leave nine runners on base as Spring Hill failed to come up with the crucial two-out hits when needed.  Faulkner took an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning off an RBI-double to left-centerfield by catcher Tori Hollis and made it 2-0 in the second frame when shortstop Tia Rogers dropped a single into shallow right field to bring in a run from 2nd base.

Sarah Bolotte (4-3) took the loss in two innings with three hits, a walk and strikeout. Sagrera finished the final four innings for the Badgers with no hits, no walks and five strikeouts.

Mattie Dotson earned the Eagle win with 10 hits allowed, a walk and five strikeouts.

At the plate on the day, Spring Hill was led by deBruler with three hits and three RBI while Kittrell collected three hits and one run driven-in. Charnock, designated player Lena Land and shortstop Shea Blanchard each had two hits in the twin bill.

In news away from diamond, Spring Hill fell one position to No. 3 in the first regular season NAIA coaches' poll of 2014 released on Tuesday afternoon. The preseason poll had the Badgers at No. 2. SHC tallied 519 total votes in the current poll - down from 572 in the preseason poll released on January 21.

Spring Hill (18-5, 5-1 SSAC West) returns home for a non-conference doubleheader versus the William Woods University Owls (15-8) on Saturday at noon on Murray Field.