Lions split twin-bill at William Woods
"Riley Echols pitched a shutout in the opening game Friday while striking out an impressive 13"
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William Woods University

Lions split twin-bill at William Woods

Fri, Mar. 3, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

FULTON, Mo. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team split a pair of games on the road Friday afternoon at William Woods University, as they picked up a 7-0 win in the opening game and suffered a 4-3 loss in the nightcap. 

Riley Echols (2-1) pitched a gem in the opening game and picked up the win for the Lions after working a complete game and striking out 13 while pitching a shutout.

Ethan Mayberry led the Lions at the plate, as he contributed four RBI's in the win, courtesy of a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning. Chase Young also found success at the plate, as he went 2-for-3 on the day with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

The Lions (12-6, 4-1 AMC) got things started first in the game, as two runs crossed the plate in the top of the third inning, as Griffin Siebert opened the inning with a double down the left field line and later scored in the next at bat off a double by Young. Young would also cross the plate in the inning, courtesy of a single by Campbell to shallow centerfield to give FHU the 2-0 lead.

The Lions would break the game open in the top of the fifth inning, as five runs crossed the plate. Campbell crossed the plate first in the inning after reaching on a single to left field and scoring off an RBI single from Darcy Moore. Ethan Mayberry would take over from there, as he belted out a grand slam to put FHU up 7-0 late in the game, which would be all the Lions needed to secure the win.

Despite gaining momentum in the opening game of the day, the Lions could not capatalize on a victory in the nightcap, as a two-run second inning and two-run third inning by William Woods (6-13, 2-3 AMC) proved that four runs would be just enough to secure the win. 

The Lions rallied in the top of the seventh, as three runs crossed the plate, but struggled to put any more offense together for the remainder of the day, as they fell 4-3.

Despite the loss, Brandon Guske (3-1) was solid on the mound, as he worked eight strong innings and struck out six. The Lions also received solid contribution at the plate from Ethan Mayberry, who went 2-for-3 on the day while Jacob Sawyers went 2-for-4 with two doubles in the loss.

With the split, the Lions move to 12-6 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. William Woods moves to 6-13 on the season and 2-3 in AMC play.

UP NEXT: The Lions conclude their series with William Woods University Saturday with a single nine-inning game. First pitch is set for 12:00 PM in Fulton, Mo.