The Spring Hill College baseball lost a 4-3 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) verdict to the 17th-ranked Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) Hornets on Friday evening at historic Stan Galle Field.
The Hornets (36-15, 16-8 SSAC) rallied to score four runs off three hits and four walks to overcome a 3-0 Badger lead in the 8th inning. Pinch hitter Troy Herterick tied the game with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left field that was immediately followed by right fielder and leadoff hitter Darius Reese's two-out RBI-double to right-center that proved to be the game-winner.
Earlier, Spring Hill had built its advantage with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left by second baseman Brian Sims in the 2nd inning that brought in courtesy runner Blake Toscano and an infield error by the Hornets of a grounder by left fielder Mykol Sostarich in the 6th inning that scored third baseman Garrett Webb from 2nd base. Centerfielder Taylor Eads then capped the Badger scoring in the 6th frame with an RBI-single through the left side to score Sims.
SHC starter Jack Howard went seven innings in the no decision with seven hits, four walks and four strikeouts while Keller Douglas (4-1) took the loss in relief with two innings of work, four hits, three walks and a strikeout.
Relief pitcher Reese Patten (1-0) was the winner for SPSU in just one inning of work while Blake Barrow nailed down his fourth save of the year in two innings with three hits, no walks and a strikeout.
Spring Hill catcher Roy Moulder was 3-for-5 with two doubles on the night while Webb, Sostarich, Eads and first baseman Kyle Freeman all slapped two hits around the park. Southern Poly third baseman Chad Livingston had two hits with a double and an RBI while second baseman Tyler Garner and centerfielder Chris Dykes also enjoyed two-hit efforts.
Spring Hill (26-22, 14-11 SSAC) and Southern Poly will close out this series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Stan Galle Field.