FLORENCE, Ala. – The Harding baseball team lost both games of a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday to North Alabama. The Lions defeated the Bisons 11-4 in game one and 4-3 in game two. Harding is back on the road this weekend, taking on Lambuth in Jackson, Tenn.
North Alabama exploded for seven runs on six hits in the fourth inning of game one.
Harding starter Kyle Cline (0-2) was pulled with two outs in the fourth inning after allowing seven runs on eight hits. Cline allowed only two hits and no runs before the fateful fourth inning. Donny Stephens allowed four runs over the final 2 1/3 innings.
Harding trailed 11-1 after six innings but scored three in the top of the seventh. Chase Presley drove in pinch hitter Taylor Nelson with a single and later scored on a UNA error. Marc McRae also scored on the second balk of the inning.
The Bisons had nine hits in the game, all singles. Presley and Adam Robertson had two hits each.
Harding (2-8) trailed 2-0 after two innings in game two before Bison junior Jason Nappi launched his third home run of the season in the top of the third to cut the lead in half.
North Alabama (5-3) responded with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-1 lead. Harding closed to within one run with two unearned runs in the top of the sixth.
With runners at second and third and two outs, Robertson's ground ball to third was misplayed for an error, allowing Presley and Nappi to score.
Harding relievers Marc McRae and Tyler Billen combined to keep North Alabama scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, but the Bisons went three-up, three-down in the seventh.
Harding had three errors in game two, and three of North Alabama's four runs were unearned.
Bison starter Hayden Shirley (0-2) took the loss, allowing one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings.
Guglielmi had one of Harding's four hits and extended his team-best hitting streak to seven games.