The Spring Hill College baseball team lost both ends of a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) doubleheader to the 10th-ranked Brewton-Parker College Barons by the scores of 11-4 and 4-0 at historic Stan Galle Field on Thursday afternoon.
Spring Hill fell behind 5-0 after two innings as Badger starter Ryan Stevens (1-1) allowed eight hits with no walks and a strikeout in just two innings of work. Mike Venturelli (6-1) picked up the complete-game victory for BPC despite allowing 12 hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
The second game saw Wesley Parrish (3-8) of Spring Hill lose a pitcher's duel to Kory Brooker (7-2) of the Barons as both pitchers went the distance. Parrish allowed seven hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts, but surrendered three solo homeruns to BPC batters. Brooker earned the one-hit shutout with two walks and 11 strikeouts.
On offense, second baseman Brian Sims had three hits for Spring Hill including the lone Badger hit in the nightcap with a single behind 3rd base in the 1st inning. Centerfielder Taylor Eads collected two hits with an RBI in the first game while catcher Roy Moulder added two hits with two RBI and third baseman Garrett Webb punched out two singles.
The Barons were paced at the plate by first baseman Mike Parker who was 5-for-7 on the day with two homeruns, two doubles and five runs driven-in. Right fielder Brett Steadman had four hits with a double and an RBI. Designated hitter Jacobs Bogaards added two hits and two RBI including a solo homer out of right field in the second game.
Despite the losses, the Badgers maintained a ½ game lead over Bethel University for the final spot available in the 2014 SSAC Tournament as the Wildcats also lost at home to William Carey University in a 12-7 score. Bethel and William Carey will play a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon. Bethel holds the tie-breaker over SHC after taking 2-of-3 games from the Badgers earlier in the season.
Spring Hill (28-26, 14-15 SSAC) will wrap up the 2014 regular season on Saturday with a single game versus Brewton-Parker (29-9, 18-7 SSAC) at Stan Galle Field on Friday at 1 p.m. Before the game, the Badgers will honor their four senior players with the annual Senior Day ceremonies.