Lady Lions move to 9-4; outlast CBC in Monday sweep
Game 1
8 Innings
Game 2
Central Baptist College

Lady Lions move to 9-4; outlast CBC in Monday sweep

Mon, Mar. 20, 2017 - [Softball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - After trailing 2-0 to start both games of the double header Monday, the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion softball team regrouped and found their bats late in the game to sweep Central Baptist College with a 3-2 victory in the opening game followed by a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

"We are winning the close games that count and that is what makes us stronger as a team," said Todd Humphry, head coach for the Lady Lion softball team. "I am happy with the effort of our team as a whole and am proud of the way we have played the past three days." 

Both games came down to the final two innings to be decided, but as they have proved so far this season, the Lady Lions were up to the challenge, as they pulled out two much needed conference victories to secure their sixth straight win.

The opening game took eight innings to be decided, but Makenzie Prince (4-1) would not tire easily, as she worked a complete game and struck out eight batters while allowing just two hits.

The Lady Lions (9-4, 7-1 AMC) found success at the plate in the opening game, especially in the later innings, as they scattered seven hits, led by Caitlyn Carter who went 3-for-4 on the day with an inside the park home run to secure the win. In addition to the circle, Makenzie Prince was solid at the plate, as she went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI to keep the Lady Lions in the game down the stretch.

Central Baptist (8-14, 0-4 AMC) would get the scoring drive started first with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, as a pair of wild pitches by Makenzie Prince would score Mikayleigh Davis and Rachael Jones to put the Mustangs up 2-0.

However, the Lady Lions would not go down without a fight, as they regrouped in the bottom half of the sixth inning to push two runs across to even things up at two apiece.

Abbi Gooch got the inning started with an infield single and later crossed the plate following a single to center field by Makenzie Prince to close the gap to one run. Caitlyn Carter would also cross the plate in the inning following a sacrifice bunt by Annaka Baxter to give FHU a chance down the stretch.

Although the game would take eight innings to be decided, Caitlyn Carter would make it all worthwhile, as she belted out a deep shot to the right field wall, which allowed her to use her speed to round the bases for an inside the park home run to give FHU the 3-2 victory.

The nightcap would be much of the same for the Lady Lions, as they fell behind 2-0 after the first inning of play, but would rally late in the game to secure the 3-2 victory.

Hannah Wright (1-0) picked up the win in the second game after working three three solid innings of relief and allowing just three hits while striking out three.

Kaylyn Graham got the start at third base and she made the most of it, as she exploded at the plate and went 2-for-3 on the day with two doubles and two RBI to account for a majority of FHU's fire power at the plate.

Central Baptist would once again start the game hot, as Kaylee St. John connected on a two-run home-run over the right field fence in the first inning to give the Mustangs an early 2-0 lead.

The Lady Lions; however, would once again battle back in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Kaylyn Graham connected on a double to deep right field to drive in Annaka Baxter and Mallory Spurlock to even things up at two apiece.

FHU would push another run across in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Makenzie Prince connected on an RBI single to center field to score Abbi Gooch to put the Lady Lions up 3-2, which would be just enough to secure the victory in the nightcap.

With the win, the Lady Lions move to 9-4 on the season and 7-1 in conference play. The Mustangs fall to 8-14 on the season and 0-4 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions are back in action Tuesday, as they host No. 14 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College for a double header at Morgan Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 PM.