Walnut Ridge, Ark. –The Williams Baptist College baseball team played Lyon College on Tuesday afternoon, where they dropped a pair of close contests by final scores of 2-1 and 4-3. The games were played in Walnut Ridge.
The first game featured top class pitching from both teams. Lyon's Justin Braswell threw a complete game three-hitter, while WBC's Michael Ludwig surrendered only one hit in 4.1 innings in relief. WBC's Nathan Thomas suffered the loss, giving up two runs in 2.2 innings pitched. Kendall Fay, Blake Coffman and Jim Manney each recorded hits for the Eagles.
In game two, Williams held a 2-1 lead, but Lyon rallied to tie the game in the top of the seventh, sending the contest into extra innings. Lyon scored in the top of the eighth, but WBC posted its own rally in the bottom half of the frame to force another inning on the contest. Lyon was able to score the decisive run in the top half of the ninth, however, to escape with a narrow 4-3 victory.
Game two was also highlighted by outstanding pitching performances. Freshman Jordan Hamrick posted his best outing of the season, going 8.1 IP, giving up seven hits and three earned runs, while recording seven strikeouts. Coffman led the Eagles offense with a two-for-five performance. WBC also posted five stolen bases in the contest, with Fay recording two SBs.
Williams is now 5-15 on the season and 0-8 in the American Midwest Conference. The Eagles continue conference play this Friday and Saturday against Mid-Continent University. The games will be held at WBC's Shell Field and Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.