Badger Athletics - Spring Hill College News
Sophomore Wesley Parrish of Fairhope, Ala.
Sophomore Wesley Parrish of Fairhope, Ala.
Baseball - Sun, Mar. 30, 2014

The Spring Hill College baseball team lost a conference home game 5-3 to the 8th-ranked Belhaven University Blazers at historic Stan Galle Field on Sunday afternoon, but claimed a 2-1 victory in the weekend series following their doubleheader sweep of the Blazers on Saturday.

Spring Hill starter Wesley Parrish (2-6) motored through the first three innings facing just 10 batters, but stumbled in the 4th frame where he allowed three runs off three hits, two wild pitches, a walk and a hit-batter. The Blazers added a fourth run in the 5th inning when second baseman Paul Pickerrel lifted a two-out, RBI-triple into right-centerfield off Parrish.

Badger reliever Brady Hitt finished the final 4.1 innings and gave up just two hits with no walks and a strikeout, but surrendered a run in the 7th inning off a wild pitch with two outs. Parrish allowed six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in his 4.2 innings of work.

Spring Hill took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when second baseman Brian Sims drew a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to force in first baseman Kyle Freeman from 3rd base. Later, the Badgers cut into a 4-1 5th-inning lead by the Blazers (27-11, 11-7 SSAC) with a run-scoring single up the middle by right fielder Taylor Eads.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Badgers made it a 5-3 game when centerfielder Andy Robbins dropped a two-out single down the right field line to score shortstop Brooks Bobinger from 2nd base and put the tying runs at the corners in Sims and Robbins. Blazer stopper Tyler Akins picked up his 11th save of the year, however, with a game-ending strikeout.

Seven Belhaven pitchers combined for the win with David Hill (3-0) getting the official decision in one inning of work with one hit, no walks and a strikeout.

Sims had two hits with an RBI for SHC while Eads added two more hits with a run driven in. Belhaven's Pickerrell led the Blazer charge with two hits including the run-scoring triple and catcher Hunter Sutton also collected two hits with an RBI.

Spring Hill (22-16, 11-7 SSAC) will now began a two-week road swing beginning at the University of Mobile (25-10) for a non-conference game at Mike Jacobs Field on Tuesday at 5 p.m.