The bottom of the lineup came through in a big way for the Auburn Montgomery softball team against 15th-ranked Spring Hill.
Having dropped an 8-2 decision in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader, the seventh-ranked Warhawks needed a win in the nightcap to remain a half-game ahead of the Badgers in the Southern States Athletic Conference West Division.
With the game tied at two entering the seventh, No. 7 hitter Lauren Shaw led off with a double to right-center. Ainsley Faulk then executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move pinch-runner Katie Cornelius over to second, and Jennifer Jenkins lifted a game-winning sacrifice fly to left field to clinch the crucial victory.
The Warhawks conclude the regular season at 39-8 (17-7 SSAC). Spring Hill is 38-10 (16-7 SSAC) with two games left to play before the SSAC tournament.
Playing in a steady rain, AUM pitchers struggled with their command in Game 1, throwing five wild pitches and issuing eight walks.