Strong starters: Harding pitching duo shuts down Central Baptist

SEARCY, Ark. (KAIT) – Harding's two starting pitchers limited Central Baptist to only five total hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Mustangs on Tuesday at Jerry Moore Field. The Bisons won the opener 5-1 and game two 5-0. Harding's next action is a Gulf South Conference doubleheader Friday at home against Christian Brothers.

Harding improved to 17-17 overall, while Central Baptist fell to 6-11. It was the Bisons' 14th straight victory over the Mustangs under Coach Patrick McGaha.

In the opener, sophomore Alex Smith (4-1) collected his team-high fourth win of the season. The right-hander from Angleton, Texas, allowed only three hits and one earned run and struck out four.

Harding took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth when it scored three more times on RBI base hits from Dylan Blount, Heath Boyd and Clay West.

Blount, West and Jason Nappi all had two hits in the game for Harding.

Seth Doxey (2-1) took the loss, allowing five runs on 12 hits, striking out five.

Harding junior Trent Kinnear provided all the offense starting pitcher Lucas Waddell needed in game two. Kinnear, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., hit the first pitch he saw over the right field fence for a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. It was Harding's second grand slam of the season and the first since Nappi hit one against Abilene Christian in the first game of the year.

Waddell (3-1), a native of Ladner, British Columbia, allowed only two hits and no walks in his second complete game shutout of the season. He struck out three and needed only 65 pitches (46 strikes) for the complete game.

Kinnear and Chase Presley had two hits each for Harding.

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