Cougars complete sweep of Lions in Friday twin-bill
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Cougars complete sweep of Lions in Friday twin-bill

Fri, Apr. 28, 2017 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team suffered a pair of losses Friday to end the regular season, as Columbia handed the Lions a 4-3 loss in the opener and a 7-4 loss in the nightcap in Columbia, Mo.

Craig Smith (4-3) picked up the win for Columbia College (34-15, 24-6 AMC) in the opener after working three innings and allowing no hits while striking out three. Beau Caviness (2-2) suffered the loss for the Lions after working two innings of relief and allowing just two hits and one earned run while striking out two. 

The Lions (30-21, 13-15 AMC) started the game hot, as they pushed one run across in the top of the third inning and two more in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead midway through the game. Wes Brooks scored the lone run for the Lions in the third inning after reaching on a double to deep right field and scoring off a wild throw by Kenny Piper.

FHU pushed two more runs across in the fourth inning, as Chase Young crossed the plate after reaching on a single to right field and scored off an RBI single by Collin McPherson to put the Lions up 2-0. Aden Campbell also crossed the plate in the inning after reaching on a single to center field and scoring off a sacrifice fly by Joe Leatherwood to give the Lions a 3-0 edge.

However, despite the hot start, the Lions would not be able to push any more runs across for the remainder of the game. The Cougars, on the other hand, found their stride and pushed one run across in the fourth inning along with two in the the fifth inning to even things up at three apiece. Columbia designated hitter Tanner Allen would take care of things from there with a walk-off homerun over the left field fence to give the Cougars a 4-3 victory.

The Cougars continued to roll in the nightcap, as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first two innings and never looked back. The Lions managed three runs in the fifth inning and another in the seventh inning, but it would not be enough, as the Cougars secured a 7-4 victory.

Cody Ebert (10-0) picked up the win for Columbia College in the nightcap after working 4 and 1/3 innings and allowing just four hits and two earned runs while striking out four.

Kyle Douglas (2-4) suffered the loss for the Lions after working just 1 and 2/3 innings and allowing seven hits and six earned runs. Despite the loss, Aden Campbell was solid at the plate for the Lions, as he went 2-for-4 on the day with a double and two RBI in the loss.

With the double header loss, the Lions fall to 30-21 on the season and 13-15 in conference play. Columbia College improves to 34-15 on the season and 24-6 in AMC play with the win.