SOFTBALL GAMEDAY: Lady Lions vs. Park

SOFTBALL GAMEDAY: Lady Lions vs. Park

Thu, May 5, 2016 - [Softball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

CONWAY, Ark. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion softball team continues conference tournament play today in the Final Four as they take on Park University in a 12:00 PM match-up in Conway, Ark.

SERIES SLATE

Thursday, May 5- Lady Lions vs. Park University- Single game at 12:00 PM

COVERAGE

 LIVE STATS / BRACKET

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER

RHP Mallory Spurlock / Record- 14-7 / Innings Pitched- 148.0 / Strikeouts- 111 / ERA- 2.89

PROBABLE LINEUP

Catcher: #11 / Savannah McGraw / Freshman / Lancaster, Ohio
1st Base: #00 / Malorie Prince / Freshman / Smyrna, Tenn.
2nd Base: #7 / Jordan Burton / Freshman / Lebanon, Tenn.
3rd Base: #12 / Kristen Hunsicker / Freshman / Smyrna, Tenn.
Shortstop: #1 / Caitlyn Carter / Sophomore / Columbia, Tenn.
Left Field: #20 / Katie Sholl / Senior / Purcellville, Va.
Center Field: #22 / Allie Carpenter / Senior / Decaturville, Tenn.
Right Field: #23 / Savannah Decker / Freshman / Smyrna, Tenn.
Des. Player: #25 / MattiAnne Sparks / Freshman / Huntsville, Ala.

SETTING THE STAGE

FHU (27-18, 15-9 AMC) enters today's match-up coming off two wins over Central Baptist College last weekend. In their most recent win on Sunday, the Lady Lions pulled out a tie-breaking 6-4 win to advance to the Final Four.

FHU needed a solid start out of Sophomore Mallory Spurlock in the tie-breaker and she delivered, as she picked up the win after working five full innings and allowing just four hits while striking out six. Makenzie Prince picked up the save, as she finished out the game for the Lady Lions, working two innings and allowing just one hit while striking out four.

Caitlyn Carter continued her stellar season at the plate, as she went 3-for 4 on the day to lead the Lady Lions with her bat. Allie Carpenter also impressed at the plate as she went 1-for-2 on the day with a double and three RBI's to account for three of FHU's six runs in the game.

FHU set the tone early with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Morgan Warren would cross the plate first for the Lady Lions after reaching on a single to left field and scoring off a single to right field from Kristen Hunsicker. The Lady Lions would add three more runs in the inning, as Allie Carpenter doubled to deep center field to score Hunsicker, Katie Sholl and Caitlyn Carter to give FHU a comfortable 4-0 lead.

However, Central Baptist would have something to say about the comfortable lead, as they put together a three-run fifth inning to close the gap to one run at the 4-3 mark. The Mustangs pounded out three hits in the inning and relied on three errors by the Lady Lions to cut the deficit.

The Lady Lions would add two insurance runs in the sixth inning as they capitalized on three errors made by the Mustangs to increase their lead at the 6-3 mark. Savannah Decker and Morgan would both cross the plate for FHU in the inning following a pair of wild throws by Mustang catcher Raquel Westerman.

Central Baptist would add one run in the top of the seventh inning as Joella Bayles hit a homerun over the right field fence, but it would not be enough as Makenzie Prince shut the Mustangs down to finish the game with a 6-4 victory.

LAST TIME THEY MET

The last time FHU faced Park University was earlier this season on March 11, where they picked up a split on the road in Parkville, Mo. Makenzie Prince picked up the loss in the opening game as she gave up 10 hits, three walks and five earned runs while striking out just one. However, Prince did lead the Lady Lions at the plate as she went 2-for-3 on the day while Jenna Graham followed close behind with two RBI's in the loss.

However, the Lady Lions would rebound in the second game as two runs would be all they needed to hold on for a 2-1 victory over the Pirates to split the series. Mallory Spurlock worked seven innings in the win while allowing just four hits and striking out three. Makenzie Prince led the Lady Lions at the plate as she went 2-for-3 on the day and contributed two RBI's in the contest.

The Lady Lions would strike first in the top of the first inning as Allie Carpenter reached base on a single and would later score as Makenzie Prince would connect on a single to left field to drive her in. 

FHU would push one more run across in the sixth inning as Caitlyn Carter would open the inning with a bunt to safely reach first base. Jenna Graham would advance Carter to second on a sacrifice bunt of her own to put runners in scoring position. Carter would score later in the inning off another RBI single by Makenzie Prince, this time to left field.

The insurance run in the top of the sixth inning proved to be important as Park would get on the board in the bottom half of the sixth inning to close the gap. Katie Carr would get the drive started for the Pirates after reaching on a walk and would score the only run of the game for Park later in the inning after Mallory Land sent a deep shot to left-center field for a double to tighten things up 2-1.

However, Spurlock would shut the Pirates down in the bottom half of the seventh inning to pick up the 2-1 victory in the nightcap for a Friday split in their conference opener.

The Lady Lions will look to repeat their victory today as they face a tough Park University team in the Final Four. First pitch is set for 12:00 PM.