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Caroline Sagrera threw her thrid career no-hitter on Tuesday.
Caroline Sagrera threw her thrid career no-hitter on Tuesday.
Softball - Tue, Apr. 8, 2014

The 10th-ranked Spring Hill College softball team saw sophomore right-hander Caroline Sagrera (20-4) throw a no hitter in the first game of a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) doubleheader and won 7-0, but then lost a 3-2 heartbreaker in 11 innings in the nightcap on Tuesday afternoon at Murray Field.

In the first game, Sagrera struck out eight Lady Rams and walked just two en route to earning her second no-hitter of 2014 and the third of her career. Mobile's Alyssa Kornegay (10-8) took the loss in 5.1 innings with eight hits allowed, five walks and two strikeouts.

The Badgers and Rams were scoreless after 5½ innings, but Spring Hill erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the 6th inning when they strung together eight hits and two walks.

The Lady Rams (15-13, 7-3 SSAC West) bounced back to win the second game in 11 innings behind the complete-game effort of Mackensie Williams (5-5) who gave up 12 hits with five walks and five strikeouts, but left Badgers in scoring position in seven innings.

Sagrera took the complete-game loss while scattering six hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts.

After eight scoreless innings, Lady Ram shortstop Jordan Coleman ended the drought with a solo homerun to straightway center to lead off the 9th inning, but the Badgers responded with a game-tying single to right-center by their own shortstop Shea Blanchard. SHC then put runners at the corners with two outs when catcher Sam Leach ripped a liner to the right side that Mobile second baseman Jessica Rogers climbed the ladder to pull out of the air and send the game to the 10th inning.

SHC had a runner at 3rd base with one out and runners at 2nd and 3rd bases with two outs in the 10th inning, but failed to score. In the 11th frame, Mobile loaded the bases with one out for Rogers who delivered a two-RBI single up the middle to stake the Lady Rams to a 3-1 lead. Blanchard put a run across the plate for Spring Hill in the bottom of the inning with a single through the middle of the infield and third baseman Lea Kittrell moved her to 3rd base with a one-out double to left-center, but a strikeout and a line drive snatched out of the air by Lady Ram third baseman Anna Blake Barnett would end the game.

For the Badgers of offense, Blanchard had four hits and three RBI on the day while left fielder Jenna Charnock also added four safeties. Kittrell had three hits and an RBI as second baseman Raleigh Downs contributed three hits and three RBI. Designated played Mary Beth Glass had two hits with a run-driven-in and right fielder Taylor Lahasky punched out two hits for the Badger cause.

Coleman had two hits and scored twice for Mobile in the second game.

Spring Hill (24-7, 9-3 SSAC West) remains at home this Friday for a conference doubleheader against the Southern Wesleyan University Lady Warriors (16-15, 6-8 SSAC East) at Murray Field beginning at 2 p.m.