COLUMBUS, Ga. — Spring Hill College’s Cinderella run through the NAIA softball playoffs continued in a big way on Saturday.
The 10th-seeded Badgers (47-15) scored seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a resounding 9-1 five-inning victory over second-seeded Lubbock Christian Universty on the second day of the NAIA’s 33rd National Softball Championships.
Former St. Joseph’s Academy standout Caroline Sagrera (37-9) allowed just three hits and five walks to go along with five strikeouts. Spring Hill, of Mobile, Ala., is now 2-0 while playing in its first NAIA national tourney in a decade. The Badgers face Arkansas’ Williams Baptist, the No. 7 seed, at 7 p.m. Monday.
Mariha Partman finished 2-for-2, including a three-run home run in the bottom of a three-run fourth inning to lead the Spring Hill offense.
Raleigh Downs was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Downs’ single in the bottom of the SHC’s four-run fifth scored two runs, including former Catholic-New Iberia player Taylor Lahasky.
Katelyn Hinson also was 2-for-2 for the Badgers. Ex-Teurlings Catholic player Shea Blanhard had a hit and an RBI, former Dutchtown player Jade Bourgeois (single, one run scored) and two ex-Hahnville High players, Taylor Webre (RBI) and Elise deBruler (single, one run scored), also contributed to the Spring Hill win.