FHU Softball splits twin-bill with No. 5 Williams Baptist
Game 1
10 Innings
Game 2
(5)Williams Baptist College

FHU Softball splits twin-bill with No. 5 Williams Baptist

Fri, Mar. 10, 2017 - [Softball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. - It might have taken ten innings to do it, but in the end the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion softball team took down No. 5 Williams Baptist with a 2-1 victory in the opening game Friday to secure their first conference win of the season.

Despite dropping the second game of the series in the nightcap, the Lady Lions surrendered just one run in the pitching dual to make it a great start to their conference schedule.

"It was a great way to start off conference play with 10 strong innings in the opening game and coming out on top," said Todd Humphry, head coach for the Lady Lion softball program. "The pitching was great today and I am very happy with where we are as a team right now"

The coaching staff had a lot to be happy about Friday, especially with starting pitcher Makenzie Prince (2-1), who picked up the win in the opening game after working 10 innings and surrendering just five hits while striking out ten.

Despite limited offense at the plate, where the Lady Lions peppered just three hits, all three hits proved valuable. Makenzie Prince, Hannah Wright and Abbi Gooch contributed each of the three hits in the match-up, as each went 1-for-4 on the day to aid in securing the victory.

The Lady Lions (3-4, 1-1 AMC) struck first in the opening game in the top of the first inning, as Caitlyn Carter reached on a walk in the lead-off spot and later scored off an RBI-double by Makenzie Prince to put FHU up 1-0 early on.

Williams Baptist (7-6, 1-1 AMC) would get one run back in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Brooke Mason belted a home-run over the right field fence to tighten things up at one apiece.

From there, it would take six more innings before either team was able to cross the plate. Finally, the Lady Lions  would break through, as Annaka Baxter crossed the plate following a double down the right field line by Hannah Wright to give FHU the 2-1 advantage.

Prince would do her job in the circle in the bottom half of the inning for the Lady Lions, as she set down the Eagles 1-2-3 to secure the 2-1 victory for FHU.

The Lady Lions continued their strong play in the circle in the nightcap, but in the end they came up just short, as Williams Baptist secured the 1-0 victory.

Rylee Rogers picked up the win in the nightcap for Williams Baptist, as she worked seven innings and allowed just five hits while striking out seven. Mallory Spurlock suffered the loss, despite working six solid innings and allowing just five hits while striking out four.

Erica Arguello would score the only run of the game, as she crossed the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning following an RBI-double to right field by Ashley Lyons to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead, which would be just enough to secure the victory.

With the split, the Lady Lions move to 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. The Eagles move to 8-6 on the season and 1-1 in AMC following the Friday split.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions are back in action Monday, March 13th for their AMC home opener, as they play host to Central Baptist College for a double-header. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM at Morgan Stadium.