Harding sweeps Lyon to open 2014 baseball season

SEARCY (HardingSports.com) - Harding baseball finally opened the 2014 season with a doubleheader Sunday against Lyon College and won both games by scores of 1-0 and 3-2. The games at Jerry Moore Field were played at temperatures just above freezing and came one day after the Harding team shoveled hundreds of pounds of snow off the field.

Harding senior Matt Calhoun crushed a 3-2 offering from Lyon reliever Griffin Glaude (0-1) over the right field wall for a walk-off home run to win the opener. The Bisons had no answer for Lyon starter Ben Neyen, who allowed only two hits and struck out seven in the first eight innings. Calhoun was the leadoff batter in the bottom of the ninth and finished the game with one swing. It was his 11th career home run.

Harding starter Cameron Walker pitched seven innings and allowed only two hits. Beginning in the third inning, Walker struck out nine of 10 Lyon hitters, and finished with 10 strikeouts, one short of his career high. Senior Bronson Smith (1-0) pitched the last two innings and earned the win.

Outstanding baserunning in the bottom of the fifth inning in game two proved to be the difference.

With the score tied 2-2, Harding senior catcher Chris Hardey was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. One batter later, he moved to second when Trent Wooldridge walked. Sophomore David McKenzie pinch-ran for Hardey and was at second when sophomore Noah Chandler hit a chopper to Glaude at shortstop. Glaude flipped to second baseman Mark Armenteros to retire Wooldridge at second, but Chandler beat the throw to first and McKenzie never stopped running, scoring from second on the ground ball.

Harding came from behind twice early in the game. After Lyon took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Chandler drove in Woodridge from third with an infield ground out. Lyon scored again in the top of the second, but Harding answered with a run on a Hardey sacrifice fly that scored Zac Stewart.

Senior Logan Holthaus started for Harding and went 4 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits and two earned runs and struck out three. Sophomore Collin Campbell (1-0) came on in relief and pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to collect the win.

Brenden Camp (0-1) pitched a complete game for Lyon, allowing six hits and three runs (two earned).

Harding returns to action Wednesday. The Bisons will take on Delta State in a single nine-inning game in Cleveland, Miss.