Lions Baseball wins series at CBC with Saturday sweep
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Lions Baseball wins series at CBC with Saturday sweep

Sat, Apr. 15, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

CONWAY, Ark. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team took back the series with Central Baptist College Saturday, as they picked up a 9-5 win in the opening game and followed it up with a 12-6 victory in the nightcap.

Riley Echols (5-2) picked up the win in the opener after working 5 and 1/3 innings and allowing just eight hits while striking out four. Beau Caviness provided 1 and 2/3 innings of relief and struck out four batters of his own to close things out for the victory.

Bryce Lester led Freed-Hardeman (26-17, 11-12 AMC) at the plate, as he went 3-for-4 and contributed three RBI in the opener. Darcy Moore was also solid at the plate, as he went 1-for-2 with a homerun, three RBI and a walk to keep the Lions from losing momentum down the stretch.

Central Baptist (22-22, 9-13 AMC) jumped out to an early lead in the opener, as they pushed one run across in each of the first four innings. FHU, on the other hand, struggled to gain momentum in the early going, as CBC starting pitcher Ben Madison held FHU to just one hit through the first three innings.

However, the Lions would fight back with one run in the top of the fourth inning and three more runs in the top of the fifth inning to keep things tight at four apiece. From there, Echols and Caviness shut things down, as the Mustangs combined for just two hits in the final two innings to keep the door open for FHU.

The Lions only got better as the game went on, as they pushed two more runs across in the top of the sixth inning and three more in the top of the seventh to take home the 9-5 victory.

The Lions continued to roll in the nightcap, as they used solid hitting at the plate along with impressive pitching on the mound to pick up the 12-6 win. Landon Sewell (3-1) picked up the win in the final game of the series, as he worked three innings and allowed just four hits while striking out four. T.J. Webb and Jacob Sawyers also put in work on the mound, as they combined for four innings of relief.

Chase Young had an outstanding day at the plate for the Lions in the nightcap, as he went 3-for-4 on the day with a home run, two doubles and six RBI to be the difference maker in the game.

Freed-Hardeman got things started early in the top of the first inning, as Chase Young pounded out a three-run blast over the right field fence to give the Lions an early 3-0 lead. An RBI single to deep center field by Alex Whitwell later in the inning scored two more runs for the Lions, as Cam Palmeter and Darcy Moore both crossed the plate to give FHU the 5-0 lead.

The Lions continued to pile it on to finish out the game, as they pushed three more runs across in the top of the fourth inning followed by two more in the top of the sixth to give FHU a 10-4 lead. Both teams added two runs in the final three innings to keep FHU in front for the 12-6 victory.

With the Saturday sweep, the Lions improve to 26-17 on the season and 11-12 in conference play. The Mustangs fall to 22-22 on the season and 9-13 in AMC play with the double header loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions are back in action at home Monday, April 17th, as they play host to NCAA neighbor Lane College. First pitch is set for 5:00 PM at Carnes Field.