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Senior Brooks Bobinger had 3 hits, 2 runs, a double play, 4 put outs and 6 assists
Senior Brooks Bobinger had 3 hits, 2 runs, a double play, 4 put outs and 6 assists
Baseball - Sat, Mar. 29, 2014

The Spring Hill College baseball team swept a home conference doubleheader away from the 8th-ranked Belhaven University Blazers in 4-1 and 3-0 outcomes at historic Stan Galle Field on Saturday afternoon.

In the opening game, Badger starter Jack Howard (5-2) went the distance and allowed just four hits with two walks while striking out three Blazers after allowing runners to reach 3rd base in the first three innings of play. Belhaven finally burned Howard in the 3rd inning by scoring the game's first run off a sacrifice fly to right by first baseman Tyler Akins, but the 6-foot-4 right-hander then settled in and sat down 12 of the next 14 Blazers he faced.

Spring Hill tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning when shortstop Brooks Bobinger opened the frame with a single to right-centerfield, was moved to 2nd base off an infield bunt single by second baseman Brian Sims, took 3rd base via a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Garrett Webb and came home off a sacrifice fly to right by right fielder Taylor Eads.

Eads broke the game open when a two-run blast out of left field in the 5th inning for his ninth homerun of the year while designated hitter Ryan Stevens returned to starting lineup for the first time since opening day due to an injury with a solo homerun over the scoreboard in left-centerfield in the 6th inning.

Rayko Bellmas (5-2) took the complete-game loss for Belhaven and allowed nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

The second game saw the Badgers take a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning when Eads stroked a two-out single up the middle and was brought home with a double to the wall in left-center by centerfielder Mykol Sostarich. Badger hitters made it a 3-0 game in the 3rd inning when Eads brought Sims in from 3rd base with a single to right field and Webb scampered home as the Belhaven infield turned a shortstop-to-2nd-base-to-first double play.

Meanwhile, Paul Sullivan (3-1) got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 1st inning with a 1st-to-home force out and a nice diving scoop by Sostarich in shallow center. The sophomore then sat down nine consecutive Blazers. In the 5th frame, he again escaped a base-loaded situation with a two-out tapper back to the mound.

Sullivan finished the day with six innings of work that included just four hits, four walks and two strikeouts. He relinquished the mound to Johnathan Billings for the next two innings and then Keller Douglas picked up his sixth save of the year in the 9th inning facing four batters and surrendering only a walk. With the save, the Badgers tied the team's single season saves record for a staff with their ninth save by three different pitchers.

Douglas is now just one save shy of the Badgers' single season saves record of seven by Joe Stutz in 1989. Douglas already holds the SHC career saves record with 12 stops. The Badger staff handed the Blazers their first shutout of the year with the victory.

At the plate, Eads led the way for SHC with a 4-for-5 day with four RBI while Sostarich had three hits and an RBI. Sims and Webb each tallied a single in both halves of the twin bill and Bobinger had three hits and scored twice on the afternoon.

Belhaven's centerfielder Regan Rutledge, right fielder Emilio DeSilva and third baseman Gabe Wilson each had a pair of hits for the Blazers with Rutledge ripping a double down the right field line in the 5th inning of the first game.

Spring Hill (22-15, 11-6 SSAC) will conclude this three-game series with the Blazers (26-11, 10-7 SSAC) in a 2 p.m. game on Sunday at historic Stan Galle Field.