Lions take back series with Friday sweep of Scots
"Riley Echols struck out nine in the opening game win"
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Lyon College
Freed-Hardeman

Lions take back series with Friday sweep of Scots

Fri, Mar. 24, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team needed a solid outing Friday to take back the series with Lyon College and a solid outing is what they got, as stellar pitching accompanied with power at the plate brought home the 4-3 victory in the opening game followed by a 6-5 win in the nightcap.

Riley Echols (4-2) picked up the win in the opening game after working 6 1/3 innings and allowing just six hits while striking out nine for his fourth win of the season. Beau Caviness secured the save for FHU after working 2/3 of an inning and closing things out in the bottom of the seventh.

Aden Campbell led the Lions at the plate in the opening game, as he went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI to get the scoring drive started for FHU. Bryce Lester was also consistent at the plate, as he went 2-for-4 on the day with a stolen base and one scored run.

The Lions (18-13, 7-8 AMC) would get on the board first in the top of the first inning, as Griffin Siebert reached base after being hit by a pitch and scored later in the inning off a misplayed grounder by Lyon College to put FHU up 1-0 in the early going.

Lyon College (20-12, 10-4); however, would not let FHU keep the lead long, as they responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning, courtesy of two doubles down the left field line by Kyle West and Will Lindsey to give Lyon College the 2-1 lead.

Darcy Moore; however, would even the score back up at two apiece in the top of the fourth inning, as he crossed the plate after singling to left field and scoring off an RBI single to the shortstop by Cody McSwain.

The Lions added two insurance runs later in the game to go up 4-2, as Houston Looser crossed the plate in the top of the fifth inning followed by a run in the seventh inning by Bryce Lester.

The insurance runs proved valuable, as Lyon College was able to push one run across in the bottom of the seventh inning, courtesy of three hits in the inning. However, Beau Caviness would not let Lyon come away with the victory, as he closed things out for the Lions and left two Lyon runners on base in the process to secure the 4-3 win.

The second game Friday was just as tight, but similar to the opening game, the Lions were able to find a way to pick up the win, as they pulled out the 6-5 victory.

Jared Humphry (2-1) picked up the win in the match-up after working two solid innings of relief and allowing just one hit while striking out three. Beau Caviness picked up his fifth save of the season, as he pitched the final two innings and struck out five of the six batters he faced to secure the win.

The Lions would jump out to an early 3-1 lead after three innings of play, as they pushed two runs across in the top of the first inning followed by another run in the top of the third.

However, Lyon College would not let the game get out of hand, as they bounced back and pushed across four runs of their own in the bottom half of the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead midway through the game.

The Lions would get one run back in the top of the sixth inning, as Houston Looser crossed the plate off an RBI single up the middle by Bryce Lester to close the gap to one run at the 5-4 mark.

Darcy Moore; however, would take care of things from there in the seventh inning, as he connected on a fastball over the plate and pounded it over the left field fence for a two-run shot to put the Lions up 6-5.

Beau Caviness would shut things down from there, as he recorded five strikeouts in the final two innings to keep the Scots in check and secure the 6-5 win.

With the Friday sweep, the Lions improve to 18-13 on the season and 7-8 in conference play. The Scots fall to 20-12 on the season and 10-4 in AMC play with the losses.

UP NEXT: The Lions are back in action Tuesday, March 28th, as they make the trip to Blue Mountain, Miss. for a double header with Blue Mountain College. First pitch is set for 5:00 PM.