Lady Lions split on the road at Bethel
Game 1
8 Innings
Game 2
Bethel University

Lady Lions split on the road at Bethel

Wed, Apr. 20, 2016 - [Softball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

MCKENZIE, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion softball team picked up a split Wednesday on the road at Bethel as they fell 6-5 in the opening game, but followed it up with a 10-9 victory in the nightcap.

Despite the loss in the opening game, McKenzie Prince (12-9) pitched solid in the circle, striking out 10 batters and allowing just eight hits. Caitlyn Carter and Allie Carpenter led the Lady Lions at the plate, as they both went 2-for-4 in the opening game to combine for four of FHU's nine hits in the game.

The Lady Lions (24-17, 15-9 AMC) would get on the board first in the opening game, as Caitlyn Carter crossed the plate after reaching on a single to third base and scoring off a single to center field by Allie Carpenter.

However, Bethel (30-16, 10-8 SSAC) would not be phased by the early run by the Lady Lions, as they came right back in the bottom half of the first inning to score three runs of their own. Summer Winters would cross the plate first for the Wildcats, as Amanda Brandenburg doubled to deep center field to even things up at one apiece.

Alex Turner would give the Wildcats their first lead of the game with a two-run shot to left field to score herself and Brandenburg to extend Bethel's lead to two at the 3-1 mark.

The Wildcats would add another run in the bottom of the second inning to extend their lead to three, as Iesha Kizer homered over the right field fence to give Bethel some cushion at the 4-1 mark.

The Lady Lions would get one run back in the top half of the third inning, as Carter would score again off a double to deep center field by Allie Carpenter to keep FHU within striking distance, trailing 4-2.

A one-run fourth inning for Bethel would extend their lead to three at the 5-2 mark and put pressure on the Lady Lions to make a late comeback. 

However, the Lady Lions would be up to the challenge as they exploded with four hits and three runs in the top of the sixth inning to even things up at five apiece to give FHU a chance late in the game.

However, despite the Lady Lions keeping the Wildcats in check in the seventh inning, Bethel would finally break through in the bottom of the eighth inning with a run to hand FHU the 6-5 loss in the opening game.

FHU would fight back in the second game of the series as they jumped out to an early lead and held on to stop the late heroics of the Wildcats. Mallory Spurlock (13-7) picked up the win after working seven full innings and striking out seven batters.

Caitlyn Carter led the Lady Lions at the plate once again as she went 2-for-4 in the nightcap and contributed three RBI's in the win.

The Lady Lions jumped out to an early 6-3 lead after pushing one across in the second inning and scoring five in the third inning. Another run in the fifth and three more in the seventh inning to put the Lady Lions up 10-4 would all but seal it for FHU.

However, the Wildcats would not go down without a fight, as they put together a four-hit, five-run inning in the bottom half of the seventh inning to close the gap to one run at the 10-9 mark. Hannah Clifton led the charge for Bethel with a two-run homerun in the inning to contribute to the late rally.

Spurlock, however, was able to keep her composure following the scoring flurry as the Lady Lions held on for the 10-9 victory.

With the split, the Lady Lions move to 25-17 on the season and remain 15-9 in league play.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions will not get much of a break following the split as they host Blue Mountain (Miss.) College tomorrow for a double-header scheduled for 5:00 PM at Morgan Stadium.