Badger Athletics - Spring Hill College News
Senior second baseman Brian Sims
Senior second baseman Brian Sims
Baseball - Tue, Apr. 1, 2014

The Spring Hill College baseball team earned a 9-7 non-conference win over crosstown rivals the 25th-ranked University of Mobile Rams at Mike Jacobs Field on Tuesday night.

Spring Hill took a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st inning when catcher Roy Moulder lifted a two-out, bases-loaded fly ball to right field that was lost in the sun by Tayler Hardy of the Rams (24-13) and fell in for a two-RBI base hit.

Hunter Nowak (5-2) gave up a leadoff triple to Hardy in the bottom of the 1st inning that was followed by a pop-out to 2nd base, a walk, a two-run triple by third baseman Neil Hudson and a run-scoring single up the middle by designated hitter Phillip McDuffie as the Rams rebounded to take a 3-2 lead.

Jacob Hyde (3-3) of UMobile allowed a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right field by Badger right fielder Taylor Eads as SHC tied the game at 3-3 in the 2nd inning. Designated hitter Ryan Stevens then made it a 6-3 Badger advantage with a three-run homerun out of left field with two outs.

The early scoring parade continued in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Hudson put a sacrifice fly into left-centerfield to make it a 6-4 contest. Neither team crossed the plate in the 3rd inning, but SHC put three runs across in the 4th frame with a two-RBI high-hopping single over 3rd base by first baseman Kyle Freeman that was followed by a sacrifice fly to right by third baseman Rick LaForce.

A leadoff homer to left-center by Hudson in the 5th inning made it a 9-5 score and the Rams put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs in the bottom of the 6th inning when Hardy put an RBI-single into centerfield. Left fielder Garrett Webb then ended the inning with the baseball oddity of an unassisted double play by an outfielder when he caught a line drive and raced to 2nd base to force out Hardy who had already passed 3rd base on the attempted hit and run.

Spring Hill loaded the sacks with no outs in the 7th inning, but Rams centerfielder Austin Curtis moved to the mound and recorded two fly ball outs to prevent any Badger runs from coming home.

Mobile opened the bottom of the 8th inning with a booted ball by the Badger infield, a single through the right side and a sacrifice bunt to runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out against SHC reliever Cyrus Beermann. The Rams used a groundout to shortstop to plate a run and cut it to a 9-7 Badger advantage, but a pop-out to 1st base ended the threat.

In the 9th inning, Keller Douglas struck out two Rams, got a fly ball out to right-center field for his seventh save of the year, tying the SHC record for saves in a season.

None of the Badger hitters enjoyed a multiple hit night, but Spring Hill benefitted from nine walks and four hit-batters by UMobile pitching. For the Rams, Hudson was just a double shy of the cycle with three RBI and Curtis also tallied three hits.

Nowak went five innings with seven hits allowed and four walks with no strikeouts.  Hyde lasted just two innings and surrendered five hits with four walks and a strikeout.

The Badgers (23-16, 11-7 SSAC) will next travel to Montgomery for a three-game conference series at the Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Warhawks (21-15, 10-8 SSAC) beginning with a 6 p.m. single game on Friday and followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday at the AUM Baseball Complex.