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Senior Raleigh Downs had a walk-off single to win Game 1 over Faulkner
Senior Raleigh Downs had a walk-off single to win Game 1 over Faulkner
Softball - Sat, Apr. 5, 2014

The 7th-ranked Spring Hill College softball team swept a conference doubleheader away from the Faulkner University Lady Eagles after winning the opening game 2-1 and dominating the nightcap in a 6-0 decision on Saturday afternoon at Murray Field.

In the opening contest, the Badgers scored first in the 2nd inning when right fielder Taylor Lahasky ripped a double into right-centerfield that brought around designated player Lena Land all the way from 1st base.

The Lady Eagles (12-15, 4-8 SSAC) tied the game in the 5th inning with an RBI-single to center by left fielder Keri Hyde only to see the Badgers pull out the victory in the bottom of the 7th frame when shortstop Shea Blanchard drew a one-out walk, moved to 2nd base on a sacrifice bunt and was brought home by a walk-off single up the middle by senior second baseman Raleigh Downs.

SHC starter Caroline Sagrera (19-3) picked up her 20th complete-game of the year while scattering five hits with a walk and striking out 13 Eagles. Chelsey Dunnaway (3-9) took the loss with six hits allowed, three walks and a strikeout.

In the second game, Sagrera was perfect through four innings and struck out 14 more Faulkner batters with just two hits and two walks surrendered as the Badgers took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Lahasky picked up a sacrifice fly to right that was followed by a two-run blast out of straightaway center by centerfielder Taylor Webre.

Spring Hill salted the game away in the 6th inning when freshman pinch hitter Mary Beth Glass tagged her second homerun of the year in the form of a three-run rocket out of left-center.

Mattie Dotson fell to 7-3 on the year for the Eagles in five innings with eight hits, a walk and no strikeouts.

For the Badger offense, six players recorded two-hit days as Blanchard picked up a double to the corner of deep left field in the nightcap. Faulkner had seven total hits with no players enjoying a multi-hit afternoon.

Spring Hill (23-6, 8-2 SSAC West) remains at home this Tuesday for a conference doubleheader against the University of Mobile Lady Rams (14-12, 6-2 SSAC West) at Murray Field beginning at 1 p.m.