Lions hold on for 12-11 victory over Bethel
"Darcy Moore went 2-for-4 on the night with a double and four RBI"
Bethel University

Lions hold on for 12-11 victory over Bethel

Tue, Feb. 21, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team overcame some nasty weather Tuesday, as they held on for a 12-11 victory over in-state foe Bethel University at Carnes Field.

Freshman Jacob Sawyers (1-0) picked up his first win of his college career, as he worked three innings and allowed just two hits while striking out two in the process. Darcy Moore led the Lions at the plate, as he went 2-for-4 on the night, which included a double and four RBI. Chase Young also found success at the plate, as he went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the win.

The Lions (8-4) started the game hot, as they would push two runs across in the first inning and follow it up with four more runs in the second inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

FHU would receive some help from Bethel pitcher John Michael Spoon in the first inning, as Griffin Siebert crossed the plate off a wild pitch to put the Lions up 1-0. Chase Young would score later in the inning from third off a balk by Spoon to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.

The Lions would push four more runs across in the second inning, as Bryce Lester, Griffin Siebert, Chase Young and Parks Flowers would all cross the plate to give FHU a commanding 6-0 lead.

Bethel (6-5); however, would fight back in the top part of the third inning, as Clayton Parker opened the inning with a solo homerun to pull the Wildcats within five at the 6-1 mark. Christian Padin would also cross the plate for the Wildcats off a sacrifice fly by Colin Roberts to close the gap to four runs at the 6-2 mark. The Wildcats; however, would not be done in the third inning, as three more runs crossed the plate to pull Bethel within one run.

The Lions would increase their lead in the bottom half of the fourth inning, as Griffin Siebert crossed the plate after being hit by a pitch and scoring off a wild throw by Bethel catcher Randy Guevarez to put the Lions up 7-5. The Lions would threaten later in the inning with bases loaded; however, the Wildcats would get out of the inning without any further damage.

The Lions would put together some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, as five runners would cross the plate, which would prove to be just enough to secure the victory. The Wildcats would also find their bats late in the game, as they would also push five runners across in the bottom of the ninth, but it would not be enough, as the Lions were able to secure the 12-11 victory.

With the win, the Lions move to 8-4 on the season. Bethel University falls to 6-5 on the season with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions open their conference schedule at home Friday and Saturday, as they host Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University. Friday's single nine-inning game is slated for 5:00 PM while Saturday's double-header will begin at 12:00 PM at Carnes Field.