Freed-Hardeman sweeps Lyon softball Tuesday

BATESVILLE, Ark. (4-19-11) — Despite coming from behind on two different occasions, the Lyon College softball team fell short in the second game, finishing off a doubleheader sweep by Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.).

After being one hit by the Lions in the first game and losing 8-0 in five innings, the Scots battled in game two. However, a four run fifth was just too much for the Scots, losing to the Lions, 12-9.

In the second game, and the Lions leading 2-0 after the first half inning, the Scots came alive for four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Following a Megan Renn walk, Sarah Knudsen did what she has done all season long, driving a ball in the gap for a double to score Renn. After another walk to Chelsea Folwer, the Scots added another extra base hit off the bat of Kaitlyn Patterson to score Knudsen.

Both Fowler and Patterson scored two batters later on a dropped popup at short, giving the Scots a 4-2 lead after one.

However, the Lions answered in their half of the second, plating six runs on five hits.

With two runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, the Scots knotted the game at eight heading into fifth.

Knudsen led the third inning off with her second hit of the game with a single to right, scoring on a two out single back up the middle from Katie Sentinella. Cassie Wolfe stepped up and doubled to center, driving in Sentinella.

In the Scots half of the fourth, it looked as if it was going to be their contest. Freshman third baseman Erica Whitaker continues her push for the single season home run mark in a Scots uniform with a solo shot to right to lead the inning off. It was her fifth homer of the season.

The next batter Kristi Kelley reached base on an infield single, taking second on a wild throw by the Lions third baseman. After being pushed over to third on a Renn sacrifice bunt, Kelley crossed the plate for the Scots eighth run as Knudsen singled yet again.

Unfortunately, the Lions offense stepped up again, regaining the lead in the top off the fifth with four runs.

In the bottom of the same inning, Sentinella added another run to Scots total, sliding around a tag a home on a Whitaker bloop single to left to round out the scoring.

Knudsen finished the game with three hits in four at bats, driving in two runs and scoring twice herself. Cassie Wolfe had a solid game with three runs batted in and Whitaker picked up two RBI on two hits.

The Scots (19-22, 11-15) will have a quick turnaround as they are scheduled to host Blue Mountain College (Miss.) tomorrow in a conference doubleheader match up. First pitch is set for 2 p.m., weather permitting.