Lions drop two in Friday series with Spartans
Game 1
12 Innings
Game 2
(RV)Missouri Baptist University

Lions drop two in Friday series with Spartans

Fri, Mar. 31, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team dropped a pair of games Friday to Missouri Baptist University, as the Spartans handed the Lions a 7-5 loss in the opening game followed by a 5-3 loss in the nightcap.

The opening game took 12 innings to be decided, but in the end it was Missouri Baptist who put up just enough runs to take home the victory. Riley Echols (4-3) suffered the loss after working 6 and 2/3 innings and allowing just seven hits while striking out seven. Beau Caviness worked a solid 4 and 2/3 innings of relief and allowed just five hits while striking out nine in the loss.

Despite the loss, the Lions (20-15, 7-10 AMC) received solid contribution from leadoff hitter Bryce Lester, who went 3-for-4 on the day while Chase Young followed close behind and went 2-for-4 on the day with two RBI in the loss.

The Spartans (22-10, 14-5 AMC) would strike first in the opening game and jump out to an early 4-0 lead, courtesy of a grand slam by Chad Ramsey in the top of the third inning to give Missouri Baptist an edge.

The Lions; however, would battle back and push two across in the fourth and fifth innings to even things up at four apiece and put the Lions back in the game.

Both teams would cross the plate in the seventh inning to keep things knotted up at five apiece to force extra baseball, which would prove to be five more innings before things were decided.

However, Ramsey would strike again for the Spartans in the top of the 12th inning, as he connected on a two-run home run over the right field fence to put MBU up 7-5, which would prove to be just enough to secure the victory.

Missouri Baptist would continue to roll in the nightcap, despite Brandon Guske striking out the first four batters he faced and FHU jumping out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, courtesy of a pair of doubles by Aden Campbell and Collin McPherson.

However, Missouri Baptist would battle back in the top of the second inning with three runs of their own followed by two more runs in the fourth inning to put the Spartans up 5-3, which would be all they needed to sweep the Friday series.

With the double header loss, the Lions fall to 20-15 on the season and 7-10 in conference play. Missouri Baptist improves to 22-10 on the season and 14-5 in AMC play with the win.

UP NEXT: The Lions conclude their series with Missouri Baptist Saturday with a single 9-inning game scheduled for 12:00 PM at Carnes Field.