Lions sweep twin-bill with Williams Baptist in Wednesday series
"Brandon Guske allowed just four hits while striking out five in the opening game"
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Lions sweep twin-bill with Williams Baptist in Wednesday series

Wed, Apr. 5, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team got back on track in conference play Wednesday, as they picked up a pair of wins over Williams Baptist College with a 13-1 victory in the opening game followed by an 11-9 win in the nightcap.

Brandon Guske (5-6) shut the Eagles down in the opening game to pick up the win after working six solid innings and allowing just four hits while striking out five. Collin Davis worked the final inning of the game and allowed just one hit while striking out one to secure the win.

The Lions (22-16, 9-11 AMC) pounded out 17 hits in the game, led by Quinn Frost who went 4-for-4 in the opening game with a double and a RBI. Chase Young also came up big for the Lions, as he went 2-for-5 with a homerun and two RBI.

FHU had an impressive nine players contribute to the RBI total, led by Bryce Lester, Chase Young and Cody McSwain who each drove in two runs to account for nearly 50 percent of the scoring for the Lions.

The Lions ran away early in the opening game, as they plated nine runs in the first two innings to take a commanding lead over the Eagles (12-23, 4-17 AMC). Chase Young got the scoring drive started in the top of the first inning with a two-run homerun over the center field fence to put the Lions up 2-0 in the early going.

A pair of doubles by Quinn Frost and Houston Looser in the top of the second inning would continue the scoring frenzy for the Lions, as FHU hit through the order to plate seven runs and create some separation.

Williams Baptist would get one run back in the bottom of the third inning, but would muster just two hits the remainder of the game to aid the Lions in pulling away for good.

FHU, on the other hand, had no trouble at the plate in the subsequent innings, as they plated two more runs in the top of the fourth inning along with one run each in the fifth and seventh innings to bring home the 13-1 victory.

The Lions continued to roll in the nightcap, as they picked up an 11-9 victory, courtesy of solid pitching by T.J. Webb  (4-0) who picked up the win after working five innings and allowing just eight hits while striking out seven. Jacob Sawyers, Riley Echols and Beau Caviness combined for four innings of relief and allowed just five hits and three runs to secure the win for FHU.

The Lions jumped out in front in the top of the third inning, as Griffin Siebert crossed the plate following a double to deep right field by Chase Young to put the Lions up 1-0 in the early going.

The Lions; however, did a majority of their damage in the top of the fourth inning, as a pair of two-run homeruns by Wes Brooks and Houston Looser along with a solo homerun by Griffin Siebert would plate five runs and extend FHU's ead at the 6-0 mark.

Williams Baptist; however, would not go down without a fight, as they closed the gap to one run following a hitting frenzy in the fourth and fifth innings. Cam Smith got the comeback started in the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo homerun to center field to pull the Eagles within five runs.

The Eagles would add four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Morgan Hawley plated another run for WBC following an RBI single from Jose Rojas to pull the Eagles within four. Nick Scott would pull the Eagles even closer with a three-run homerun over the left field fence to close the gap to one run at the 6-5 mark.

The Lions would make things slightly more comfortable in the top of the sixth inning, as Looser and Lester both crossed the plate to give FHU a three-run cushion at the 8-5 mark.

FHU would add three more insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning and they would prove valuable, as the Eagles closed things out strong with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull within two runs. However, Caviness would get out of the inning without any further damage, as the Lions secured the 11-9 victory for the sweep.

With the win, the Lions move to 22-16 on the season and 9-11 in conference play. The Eagles fall to 12-23 on the season and 4-17 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions are back in action Tuesday, April 11th, as they host Blue Mountain (Miss.) College for a double header slated for 4:00 PM.