MOBILE, Ala. – The 3rd-ranked Spring Hill College softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader with the William Woods University Owls by the scores of 1-0 and 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Murray Field giving head coach Alison Sellers-Cook her 200th career victory in the first game.
The NAIA's leading strikeout artist and Badger starter Caroline Sagrera (16-2) shut down the Owls (16-11) for eight innings in the opening game and allowed just two hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts. In the 8th inning, WWU put runners at 3rd and 1st bases with one out, but Sagrera got herself out the jam with consecutive strikeouts.
The Owls saw the NAIA's second leading strikeouts artist MacKenzie Bowden hold the Badgers scoreless until the bottom of the 8th inning when SHC put runners at the corners with one out. A failed squeeze play resulted in a swinging strike and centerfielder Taylor Webre caught in a rundown between 3rd base and home plate when Owl catcher Macy Wierschem uncorked a wild throw that sailed into left field as Webre scampered home.
Bowden fell to 9-5 on the year with the hard-luck loss while allowing six hits, including four to the infield, with no walks and nine strikeouts.
Sagrera also went the distance in the nightcap and was perfect through the first five innings of play until allowing a walk and single down the right field line in the 6th frame as the only Owl base runners of the game. She finished the contest with eight strikeouts along with just the one hit and one walk.
Becca Schemmer (4-6) allowed three hits with two walks, two hit batters and four strikeouts in the loss. A Spring Hill single, hit-by-pitch, walk, and another hit-by-pitch put the first run on the board against Schemmer in the 2nd inning while Badger shortstop Shea Blanchard crushed her third homerun of the year out of centerfield to lead off the 5th inning.
Blanchard had two hits for SHC in the twin bill while left fielder Jenna Charnock was 3-for-4 in the opener. Catcher Sam Leach added two singles in the second game.
Spring Hill (20-5, 5-1 SSAC West) begins a conference road swing on Friday with a doubleheader at the Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons (18-14, 5-5 SSAC East) in Mount Vernon, Ga., beginning at 2 p.m.