Dates: April 8-9, 2016
Scores: Game One: (14) FHU 16, WBC 4 (7 Innings), Game Two: (14) FHU 14, WBC 2, Game Three: WBC 8, (14) FHU 3
Records: Freed-Hardeman University (30-11, 13-5 AMC), Williams Baptist College (15-22, 8-10 AMC)
Location: Henderson, Tenn.
The Williams Baptist College baseball team traveled to Henderson, Tenn., on Friday afternoon for a three game American Midwest Conference set against (14) Freed-Hardeman University. FHU won the first two games of the series, but Williams rebounded in game three for its eighth conference victory of the season.
FHU pounded out 16 runs on 17 hits in the victory. Offensively for WBC, the team scored two runs in the top of the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh. The Eagles had seven hits on the day and were led by Hudson Ross (JR/Independence, Miss.)' 2-for-3 day, which included a run scored. Ryan Shelton (SR/Brentwood, Tenn.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Braxton Rhodes (SO/Fayette, Ala.) finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Williams only collected three hits in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday. Eric Kent (SR/Ft. Madison, Iowa) and Tanner Murray (SR/Piggott, Ark.) each finished 1-for-2 to lead the team. Pedro Lopez (JR/Naples. Fla.) added a 1-for-3 day.
Williams struck first on the scoreboard in the final game of the doubleheader. The Eagles scored 5 runs in the first two innings. WBC added two more runs in the top of the fourth to jump ahead 7-0. After Freed-Hardeman scored three runs in the fifth and sixth innings, Williams tacked on another run in the top of the ninth inning for the final run of the contest.
The Eagles had 10 hits compared to just eight for the Lions. Michael Ludwig (SR/Heber Springs, Ark.) led the team with a 4-for-5 performance. Ludwig had a game-high four RBIs and he also stole a base. Ryan Shelton went 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored. Pedro Lopez scored a pair of runs and he added a pair of RBIs in the victory.
WBC had another solid outing from starting pitcher Braxton Rhodes. His sixth win of the season included 5.2 innings pitched, seven hits allowed, three earned runs, two walks and eight strikeouts. Anthony Noftsger (JR/Green Forest, Ark.) pitched 2.1 innings of relief while giving up only one hit, no runs, two walks and he had one strikeout. Hunter Marshall (FR/Harrison, Ark.) shut the door in the final inning in relief. Marshall struck out a pair of batters.
The Eagles will face another nationally ranked team this weekend as WBC travels to St. Louis, Mo., on Friday, April 15, for a three-game conference set against (9) Missouri Baptist University. The game on Friday is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start. Williams and the Spartans will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 16, with a scheduled start at noon.
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