WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (LyonScots.com) – Lyon College freshman catcher Haley Huffstuttler smashed a pair of doubles, driving in four runs and scored another run herself on Wednesday afternoon, as she helped the Scots to an impressive 9-4 victory over Williams Baptist College at Lady Eagle Field.
The victory was Lyon's third straight and vaulted the Scots (9-13) into a tie with the Lady Eagles (11-16) for sixth place in the American Midwest Conference standings. Lyon is now within one game of the .500 mark (3-4) in league play, while WBC is 4-5 in the AMC. Both teams are 5.5 games behind first-place Freed-Hardeman University (14-13, 11-1 AMC).
The second game of Wednesday doubleheader was delayed because of lightning in the area, and then postponed because of rain that moved in. The date and time for the makeup has yet to be determined.
Lyon has begun turning things around this week with its bats. After hitting .480, with 10 doubles and a pair of home runs in the two-game sweep of Harris-Stowe State University (8-0, 10-1) on Monday, the Scots connected for five doubles against the Lady Eagles on Wednesday.
"I like the way we're continuing to be aggressive and to adjust to our opponents' pitches," said Lyon head coach Travis Owen. "Williams Baptist has a good team, and we were able to come through with a big fourth inning and build a good lead.
"Now we need to keep this momentum when we go on the road for four big games this weekend (against Benedictine-Springfield and Hannibal-LaGrange)."
Huffstuttler (Wynne, Ark.) paced the balanced Lyon attack against WBC. First baseman Kelsey Goodman (Rogers, Ark.) also connected with a double, finishing 2-for-3 at the dish, with a pair of runs batted in and another scored. Centerfielder Krysta Cook (Palmdale, Calif.) was the third Lyon player with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4.
Lyon pitcher Savannah Fuller (Tucson, Ariz.) doubled in two at-bats, scoring two runs and pushing in another. Third baseman Stephanie Haft (Albuquerque, NM) connected with a double and scored.
Also scoring runs for the Scots were second baseman Savannah Graham (Keiser, Ark.), who plated twice, rightfielder Tess Brown (Batesville, Ark.) and shortstop Katherine Bartley (Vilonia, Ark.).
Fuller (2-8) recorded her second straight win in the circle for Lyon. She pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three earned runs (4 total) on eight hits, with a strikeout and four walks. Hope Woods (Huntsville, Ark.) finished the game, working the final 1.1 frames, while not allowing a hit.
Cendyl Carter (6-9) took the loss for the Lady Eagles in the circle. She pitched 5.0 frames before being relieved. Carter gave up eight earned runs (9 total) on eight hits, with a pair of strikeouts and two walks. Marleigh Norris finished the game, not allowing a hit in the final two frames.
Rightfielder Mallory Siebert paced the Williams Baptist College offensive attack, posting a 3-for-4 effort, with one run scored.
WBC scored a pair of runs in the first inning to take the early lead, but the Scots' bats awoke in the fourth frame when they scored six times on four hits to take a 6-2 advantage.
Both teams scored once in the fifth inning and Graham and Huffstuttler both plated in the sixth as Lyon pulled out to a 9-3 lead and coasted from there.