Walnut Ridge, Ark. – The Williams Baptist College baseball team hosted the Lions of Freed-Hardeman University for their final home conference series. FHU managed to take all three games, winning by finals of 10-7 on Friday and 6-4, 13-8 on Saturday.
In game one, WBC raced out to a 6-4 lead after six innings, but the Lions scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for the 10-7 victory. Jim Manney (SR/Little Rock, Ark.) and Seth Hart (FR/Hoxie, Ark. ) posted 2-for-4 performances with two RBIs, respectively. Manney and Hart also had home runs in the contest. Kendall Fay (SR/Piedmont, Mo.) also finished 2-for-4 and Cogan Ford (JR/Bono, Ark) finished 2-for-5 with a double.
In game two, the Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead going into the fourth. Freed-Hardeman tied the score at 3-3 going into the seventh inning, however. The Lions scored three runs in the top half of the frame and held WBC to one run in the bottom half of the inning to escape with the 6-4 victory.
Dennis finished 3-for-4 to lead the offense, Ford added a 2-for-3 day, and Hart finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Starting pitcher Spencer Theilemier (FR/Pocahontas, Ark. ) threw 5.1 innings and surrendered eight hits and three earned runs, while posting three strikeouts in a no-decision.
The finale was an offensive showcase for both teams. FHU outhit WBC 14-10 in the contest and plated six runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back for the 13-8 victory. Hart continued swinging a hot bat in the series, going 2-for-4. Dylan Clark (SO/Bono, Ark. ) also went 2-for-4. Blake Coffman (JR/Keiser, Ark. ) finished 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Fay finished 1-for-5 with a three run home run in the seventh inning.
Williams will host Victory University in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday in Walnut Ridge. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Shell Field. The Eagles will hit the road on Friday for their final American Midwest Conference series against Harris-Stowe State University. Friday and Saturday's first pitches are scheduled for 2 p.m., in St. Louis.