SEARCY – Harding baseball extended its winning streak to three games with a doubleheader sweep of Drury on Tuesday at Jerry Moore Field. The Bisons used a nine-run third inning to win game one 14-8 and some clutch hitting to take game two 4-2.
With the opener tied 3-3, Harding sent 13 batters to the plate in the third inning and scored nine runs on five hits to blow the game open. Paul Anzalone had a two-run double in the inning, and Adam Robertson had a three-run double.
Harding had 11 hits in the game, six for extra bases. Freshman Dylan Blount and junior Trent Kinnear both hit their first home runs as Bisons. Blount and Robertson both drove in three runs.
Sophomore Alex Smith (2-1) picked up the win for Harding. He pitched five innings and allowed only three earned runs on five hits. Chris Barratt (0-1) took the loss for Drury. He gave up seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Harding (5-10) trailed 1-0 in game two going into the bottom of the fifth inning and had not yet managed a hit off Drury starter Kevin Sweeney.
With one out, Anzalone walked and Kinnear laid down a perfect bunt for Harding's first base hit. Blount then doubled down the left field line to score both runners and give the Bisons a 2-1 lead. One out later, a dropped fly ball off the bat of Chase Presley allowed to more Harding runs to score.
Kyle Cline (1-2) had his best start of the season for Harding, allowing only one earned run on five hits in five innings pitched. Jacob Giles pitched the last two innings and picked up his first save.
Sweeney (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Drury (5-6) had eight hits in game two.
Harding's next action is Saturday at home against Waldorf College.