Lions still alive in AMC Tourney despite 8-7 loss to Woods
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Lions still alive in AMC Tourney despite 8-7 loss to Woods

Fri, May 5, 2017 - [Baseball]

HENDERSON, Tenn - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team came up just short Friday afternoon in the AMC Conference Tournament, as they surrendered a 7-3 lead to William Woods University and suffered an 8-7 loss.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 31-22 on the season and move to the loser's bracket to face Central Baptist College for a 10:00 AM match-up Saturday at Carnes Field. With the win, William Woods remains unbeaten in AMC Conference Tournament play entering the weekend.

Game Flow Courtesy of William Woods Athletics

After a scoreless top of the first inning, the Owls started the scoring in the top of the second inning. On the first pitch of the inning, Tyler Cunningham hit a homerun to right field putting the Owls ahead 1-0. The Owls lead did not last long as Collin McPherson tripled and Wes Brooks hit a two-run homerun to left field putting the Lions on top 2-1.
Freed-Hardeman grew its lead in the bottom of the third inning. With a runner on third base, Chase Young hit a sacrifice fly to deep right-center growing its lead to 3-1.
William Woods came back to tie the game in the top of the fifth inning. Jansen Smith walked to start the inning off. After a fly out, Neal Aherin tripled to right-center, scoring Smith, cutting the Lions lead down to one, 3-2. Neal Aherin came into score when Josh Nicol struck out and the catcher had to throw him out at first.
The game did not stay tied long as the Lions came back and took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Houston Looser put Freed-Hardeman ahead, 4-3, after hitting a solo home run to center field. Freed-Hardeman grew the lead to 5-3, in the sixth inning when Collin McPherson hit a sacrifice fly to left field. The lead grew to 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Looser hit a sacrifice fly and Bryce Lester followed with a solo home run to right field.
WWU's offense came to life starting in the top of the eighth inning. With runners on first and second, Ryan Phillips singled down the left field line, scoring one, putting the Owls down, 7-4. The Owls offense continued to add runs as Jansen Smith drew a bases loaded walk to score another putting the Owls down, 7-5. WWU still had the bases loaded but the next two hitters were retired ending the threat.
The Owls bats continued to stay hot in the top of the ninth inning. Matt Priest, who was pitch hitting, singled to center field and Tyler Bracht reached on a walk putting two runners on bring the top of the order up. On his first pitch of his at-bat Nolan Aherin drove a ball over the right field fence for a three-run homerun putting the Owls ahead, 8-7. The Owls took the one run lead, 8-7, to the bottom of the ninth.
After Dalton Christian pitched a scoreless eighth inning, Christian came back out for the ninth. Christian hit Wes Brooks with a pitch putting one on. He was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a walk put two runners on base, Parks Flowers, who was running for Brooks, was thrown out trying to steal third. Christian than struck out Houston Looser to end the inning. The Owls came away with an 8-7 victory.