BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. – The 11th-ranked Spring Hill College softball team swept a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) doubleheader away from the Blue Mountain College Lady Toppers on Saturday afternoon by the scores of 2-0 and 8-6.
SHC starter Caroline Sagrera (27-5) earned both victories pitching six perfect innings to open the first game, but two infield errors by the Badgers put the tying runs at 2nd and 3rd until a strikeout and two grounders closed the game.
Despite 11 total hits, the Badgers finally scored in the 7th inning when catcher Sam Leach drove in the first Badger run of the day with a single that brought in left fielder Jenna Charnock who led off the frame with a triple. Third baseman Lea Kittrell later added the second SHC run of the frame off a BMC throwing error.
Sagrera struck out 10 batters in the opener as right fielder Taylor Lahasky was 2-for-4 at the plate and centerfielder Taylor Webre added a double.
Spring Hill rode the arm of Sagrera to a 7-0 lead through the first four innings of the nightcap before bringing in sophomore Sarah Bollote who surrendered a three-run home run and a run-scoring single as Blue Mountain (21-20, 9-15 SSAC West) cut the score to 7-4. Sagrera was brought back into the game to stop the bleeding, but two walks forced in runs 5 and 6 before she could escape the frame.
Leach and Lahasky answered with back-to-back doubles in the next half inning to build the cushion back out to the final 8-6 margin.
Sagrea had five strikeouts with three walks and allowed just two hits in the second game while Bolotte allowed four hits with three walks and a strikeout. Webre punched out a 2-for-2 performance with a three-run home run while designated player Mary Beth Glass was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer.
Spring Hill (32-9, 17-5 SSAC West) will next host the 6th-ranked William Carey University Lady Crusaders on Friday in a conference doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Murray Field.