Lions come up short in 4-3 loss at Cumberland
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Lions come up short in 4-3 loss at Cumberland

Wed, Feb. 15, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

LEBANON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team came up just short Wednesday afternoon, as four runs would be just enough for Cumberland University to pick up the 4-3 win over the Lions in Lebanon, Tenn.

Despite the loss, the Lions received solid contribution from Griffin Siebert, who led the Lions at the plate, ending the day going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk to keep the Lions in the game down the stretch. Aden Campbell also found success at the plate for the Lions, as he went 2-for-3 on the afternoon while Collin McPherson and Darcy Moore each pounded out doubles.

Cumberland (3-5) would open the game with authority in the top of the first inning, as Austin Krajnak belted out a two-run homerun to score Jordan Hunt and give the Phoenix the momentum early.

The Lions (3-4) would threaten in the top part of the third inning, as Collin McPherson opened the inning with a double to left field. However, McPherson would be stranded, as Cumberland struck out the next three batters to keep a 2-0 advantage.

Cumberland would add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Rayden Sierra and Janson Neff would both cross the plate, courtesy of a two-out rally by the Phoenix. Sierra would reach base off a single to left field and advance to third off a double to deep left field by Neff. Bo Saunders would take care of things from there with an two RBI single to right field to put the Phoenix up 4-0.

Freed-Hardeman would get one run back in the top of the sixth inning, courtesy of a solo homerun by Chase Young to close the gap to three at the 4-1 mark. The Lions would threaten to gain more, as Houston Looser connected on a double down the left field line. However, Looser would be stranded, as Brad Smith was able to get out of the inning without any further damage.

The Lions continued to rally late in the game, as Cumberland pitcher Justin Flores issued three straight walks in the top of the seventh inning to to load the bases. Griffin Siebert would take it from there in the next at bat and pound out a two RBI single to right field to score Collin McPherson and Bryce Lester and close the gap to one run at the 4-3 mark. 

FHU would threaten in the top half of the eighth inning, as Cumberland relief pitcher Mitch Langer issued two straight walks to Looser and Darcy Moore to put runners on first and second with one out. However, Curtis Hoppe would replace Langer and strike out Wes Brooks and Collin McPherson to strand both FHU runners and get the Phoenix out of the jam.

The Lions kept Cumberland from putting any more runs on the board to close the game, as Beau Caviness retired the Phoenix in the top half of the eighth inning. However, the Lions would be unable to put any runs across in ninth inning, as Cumberland held on for the 4-3 win.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 3-4 on the season. Cumberland University improves to 3-5 on the season with the win.

UP NEXT: The Lions are back in action this weekend, as they host Central Methodist College and Roosevelt College Friday and Saturday at Carnes Field. The weekend begins Friday with a 3:00 PM match-up between FHU and Central Methodist followed by a 5:00 PM match-up between the Lions and Roosevelt College. The Lions continue the weekend home-stand with an 11:30 AM match-up on Saturday with Central Methodist College followed by a 4:30 PM game against Roosevelt College.