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Sat, Apr. 11, 2009 - [Baseball]
BATESVILLE, Ark. - After taking a one-run win to open the series, the Freed-Hardeman Lions in turn dropped a pair of one-run games on Saturday as Lyon (Ark.) College swept a double-header, 5-4 and 6-5 in nine innings.
 
The Scots (29-17, 8-7) did the bulk of their damage over the course of two innings - a five-run first in game one and a four-run third in game two, accounting for nine of the 11 runs they scored on the day.
 
FHU struggled in the day's first inning. After getting set down in order, the Lions surrendered five runs on only one hit while making two errors. The Scots, in fact, had scored three runs off of Carlos Pertuz (5-2) before getting that first hit. Pertuz walked the leadoff hitter and hit the next batter before the first of two errors in the inning loaded the bases. Pertuz then walked in a run with two more scoring on the next batter after second baseman Daniel Peck couldn't come up with a ground ball. Lyon's Gary Richards rapped a single to drive in the last two runs of the inning. 
 
It would also turn out to be the last runs of the game for the Scots, as Pertuz only allowed three hits the rest of the way. But Lyon's Craig Page was on his game early, retiring the first 14 Lion batters of the day before allowing Noslen Labrada to reach base on a wild throw made by Page himself. Angel Nicolas then broke up the no-hitter with a single to center that brought in Labrada.
 
Willy Hernandez singled in a run in the sixth to cut the Lyon lead down to 5-2, while Pertuz did his part by keeping the Scots off the board.
 
FHU had a chance to tie the game in the seventh. Labrada and Nicolas hit back-to-back singles; Lyon catcher Brian Kallsnick threw wild to third on a double-steal attempt, allowing Labrada to come in to score. Garrett Ammons followed with a deep fly ball to centerfield that brought in Nicolas to make the score 5-4, but Page got out of the inning by retiring Greg Allen for the game's final out.
 
In game two, the Lions took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Daniel Peck. But the Scots had their second big inning of the day in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs on four hits off of FHU starter Alan Barnett including back-to-back doubles by Zac Wallace and Kallsnick.
 
Freed-Hardeman promptly got two back in the top of the fourth on a two-run homerun by Brian Bullard (6), his second two-run blast of the series. Barnett overcame the rough inning to shut down Lyon over the next three innings as FHU entered the seventh down 4-3.
 
After Labrada struck out to open the inning, Derek Bush singled and Daniel Peck doubled to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. Johanny Ramirez delivered with FHU's third straight hit of the inning, a single to right that scored both Bush and Peck to give the Lions a 5-4 lead before Nick Salahub got out of the inning.
 
The Scots, however, tied the game up in the bottom of the inning on Sam Neal's RBI double off of Lion reliever Javy Gomez to send it to extra innings.
 
Both teams went in order in the eighth, and the Lions' first two hitters in the ninth were retired before Bush singled and stole second. Peck followed with a walk, but Ramirez flied out to right-center to end the threat.
 
After Gomez struck out Landan Cloud to start the ninth, Josiah Hass reached on a bunt single and D'Amico followed with a double to move the winning run to third. Neal was intentionally walked to load the bases for Evan Segler, the TranSouth's top hitter who FHU had kept quiet for the entire series. Segler, however, came through with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Hass from third to end the game.
 
The Lions fall to 24-13 on the season and 10-6 in conference play, remaining in third place behind Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) by one game in the win column and three in the loss column. Freed-Hardeman returns to action on Monday with a pair of games at Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) at 1:00 PM.