Lions Baseball Splits Twin-Bill with Belleville
"Riley Echols struck out 10 and allowed just seven hits in Saturday's opener"
Game 1
Game 2
Lindenwood University-Belleville

Lions Baseball Splits Twin-Bill with Belleville

Sat, Mar. 18, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team split a double header Saturday with Lindenwood University-Belleville, as they picked up a 9-5 victory in the opening game and suffered a 10-5 loss in the nightcap.

Riley Echols picked up the win in the opening game after pitching a gem, striking out 10 while allowing just seven hits in seven innings of work.
Chase Young, once again, led the Lions at the plate, as he went 2-for-3 on the day, which included a triple and two RBI to keep the Lions in control. Cody McSwain was also solid at the plate in his first start of the season, as he went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.

The Lions (14-11, 5-6 AMC) did a majority of their damage in the first inning, as five runs crossed the plate. Chase Young got the scoring drive started for the Lions with a triple to deep center field to score Bryce Lester and put FHU up 1-0.

Young would also cross the plate later in the inning along with Aden Campbell following a 2-RBI double by Darcy Moore to give the Lions a 3-0 lead. Cody McSwain would complete the scoring drive for the Lions in the first inning by pounding out a two-run home run to give FHU an early 5-0 lead.

Lindenwood-Belleville (9-14, 5-8); however, would not go down easily, as they were able to put together a four-run second inning to close the gap to one run at the 5-4 mark.
The Lions; however, would not be rattled, as they continued to find their way around the base path with one run in the third inning and three more in the fifth inning to take a commanding 9-5 lead in the game, which would be all they needed to secure the win.

Despite gaining momentum in the opening game of the day, the Lions struggled to make it translate in the nightcap, as they suffered a 10-5 loss. Brandon Guske (4-4) took the loss after working five innings and allowing nine hits and four earned runs.

Despite suffering the loss and scattering just six hits in the game, the Lions received solid contribution from Aden Campbell who pounded out one hit and two RBI in the game with a double. Griffin Siebert and Chase Young were also solid at the plate, as they both contributed doubles in the loss.

The Lynx found the same rhythm the Lions experienced in the opening game, as they put up five runs in the first inning to pull ahead early. Four more runs in the fifth inning followed by another run in the seventh would make a comeback unlikely for a Lion offense that scattered just six hits in the game. 

The Lions were able to find their stride midway through the game, as they pushed two runs across in the third and seventh innings to keep the game close. However, despite the late run, the Lynx offense would be too much, as they took the second game 10-5.
With the split, the Lions move to 14-11 on the season and 5-6 in conference play while the Lynx move to  9-14 on the season and 5-8 in AMC play 

UP NEXT: The Lions conclude their series with Lindenwood-Belleville Sunday with a single nine-inning game at Carne's Field. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.