Lions take two from Harris Stowe; move to 28-18
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Harris-Stowe State University

Lions take two from Harris Stowe; move to 28-18

Thu, Apr. 20, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team picked up a pair of wins Thursday over Harris-Stowe State University, as they cruised to a 9-2 victory in the opening game and followed it up with a 9-8 nail biter win in the nightcap. 

Riley Echols (6-2) picked up the win in the opener after working six solid innings and allowing just five hits while striking out six. Jared Humphry finished things out for the Lions and worked one inning of relief and allowed just three hits and struck out one.

The Lions (28-18, 13-12 AMC) pounded out 15 hits in the game, led by Aden Campbell who went 3-for-3 on the day with a homerun and two RBI while Griffin Siebert contributed a homerun of his own and went 2-for-3. Wes Brooks also had a solid start in the DH spot and went 2-for-3 on the day with a double and two RBI in the win.

The Lions needed just three solid innings to do a majority of their damage, as they started the game hot with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Griffin Siebert got the scoring drive started with a two-run homerun to put FHU up 2-0. Three more runs would cross the plate later in the inning as Chase Young, Aden Campbell and Collin McPherson all scored to put the Lions up 5-0.

The Lions struck again in the bottom of the third inning, as Aden Campbell crossed the plate after reaching base on a single to right field and scoring off a fielder's choice ground out by Darcy Moore. McPherson also crossed the plate later in the inning following a double down the left field line by Brooks to put FHU up 7-1.

FHU added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Aden Campbell connected on a two-run blast over the left field fence to put the Lions up 9-1, which would be all the cushion they needed to pick up the 9-2 win.

The Lions continued to roll in the nightcap, as they were able to pick up the 9-8 win, but were required to overcome a six-run deficit to get the job done. FHU continued to have plenty of pop at the plate, as they pounded out 15 hits, led by Chase Young who went 3-for-5 with two homeruns and four RBI. Collin McPherson also contributed at the plate, as he went 1-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI in the win.

Harris Stowe (28-18, 13-11 AMC) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after pushing two across in the top of the second inning and four more in the top of the third, courtesy of a grand slam by Leobardo Saldivar to give the Hornets all the momentum.

However, the Lions would not let the deficit get the best of them, as they pushed four runs of their own across in the bottom of the third inning following back-to-back two-run homeruns by Young and McPherson to close the gap to two runs at the 6-4 mark.

Both teams would put runs on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, as the Hornets pushed one across while the Lions pounded out two hits and two runs to make it 7-6 midway through the game.

The Lions; however, would not trail for long, as Young answered the call for a second time in the game with another two-run slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to give FHU their first lead of the game at the 8-7 mark.

Harris Stowe would break through in the top of the ninth with one run of their own to even things up at eight apiece and take things down to the wire. However, the Lions would regroup in the bottom half of the inning to push one across, courtesy of a wild pitch by HSSU reliever Tyler Boles to take the second game of the series with a final score of 9-8.

With the Thursday sweep, the Lions improve to 28-18 on the season and 13-12 in conference play. The Hornets fall to 28-18 on the season and 13-11 in AMC play with the double header loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions conclude their series with Harris Stowe Friday with a single 9-inning game tentatively scheduled for 12:00 PM depending on weather conditions in the Henderson area. The Lions will also honor the senior members of the team for Senior Day prior to the start of the game on Friday. The Senior Day presentation will tentatively begin at 11:30 AM.