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Sophomore Garrett Webb had two hits and an RBI in Game 1 on Tuesday
Sophomore Garrett Webb had two hits and an RBI in Game 1 on Tuesday
Baseball - Tue, Mar. 25, 2014

THOMASVILLE, Ga. – The Spring Hill College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader at the Thomas University Night Hawks winning the first game 7-0 and dropping the second contest in a heart-breaking 5-4 decision on Tuesday afternoon.

Spring Hill jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on the Night Hawks (18-15) in the 1st inning of the opening game when right fielder Taylor Eads drove in centerfielder Mykol Sostarich all the way from 1st base with a one-out double to deep center. The Badgers added a second run in the 3rd inning when catcher Nick Quinn drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs.

In the 4th inning, designated hitter Roy Moulder lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to plate second baseman Brian Sims and first baseman Kyle Freeman picked up an RBI when his grounder to the left side brought in Sostarich. Third baseman Garrett Webb then slapped a double down the right field line to score Freeman as the Badger bulge grew to 5-0.

SHC added a run in the 5th inning when shortstop Brooks Bobinger scrambled home off an infield error by the Night Hawks. Moulder tacked on a final Badger run in the 7th inning with a single to left that scored pinch hitter Andrew Solliday from 2nd base.

Badger starter Hunter Nowak (4-2) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 2nd inning with a shallow fly ball to right field and a strikeout. From there, he cruised to a complete-game shutout with just three hits allowed, three walks and eight strikeouts.

Jordan Sopotnick (1-1) lasted 3.1 innings for Thomas and gave up four hits with seven walks and a strikeout.

In the second game, Spring Hill struck first again with a bases-loaded walk by first baseman Cyrus Beermann that brought in Sostarich.

Starter Jesse Hanson of the Badgers faced a bases-loaded with one-out situation in the 2nd inning and gave up a pair of runs with a hit batter and a sacrifice fly before staunching the bleeding with a pop out to 2nd base. Hanson allowed a single and a triple to open the 3rd inning before being relieved by Christian Bahlinger (1-1) who uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch to make it a 4-1 Night Hawk advantage.

The Badgers answered back with two runs in the 4th inning off a Bobinger single to center that scored Beermann from 2nd base and a Sims single that brought around Bobinger who had moved to 2nd base on a stolen base.

Spring Hill put the tying run in scoring position in the 5th and 6th innings, but failed to find the timely hit until the top of the 7th inning when Moulder drove in right fielder Andy Robbins with a base hit to right-center with one out to knot the game at 4-4.

Bahlinger set down the first two Night Hawks in the bottom of the 7th then walked designated hitter Andrew Crane who was replaced at 1st base by pinch runner Tyler Palmer. Palmer promptly stole 2nd base and later scored the game-winner off a wild pitch by Bahlinger.

Despite the blown save opportunity, John Gainey (4-3) picked up the win in one inning of relief for Thomas with two hits, a walk and no strikeouts while Bahlinger took the relief loss in 4.2 innings allowing just two hits, a walk and three strikeouts.

Sostarich had three hits for Spring Hill on the day as Eads, Moulder and Bobinger each had a pair of hits with Moulder bringing in three RBI. Crane had four hits to pace the Night Hawk offense.

Spring Hill (20-15, 9-6 SSAC) will host the 8th-ranked Belhaven University Blazers (26-7, 10-5 SSAC) from Jackson, Miss., in a three-game conference series this weekend beginning with a Friday night single game at 6 o'clock followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday at historic Stan Galle Field.