Tue, Apr. 10, 2012 - [Baseball]
JACKSON, Miss. - The No. 21 Freed-Hardeman Lions had plenty of changes to score, but stranded 10 runners on base in a 2-1 loss to Belhaven (Miss.) University in a non-conference game on Tuesday afternoon.
The offensive struggles negated a solid effort by Charlie Overturf (2-5), who allowed two runs on six hits with no walks. Belhaven scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on a one-out squeeze bunt.
The Blazers also scored a run in the first inning and the Lions (26-17) tied the game in the fourth when Kirkland Wheeler led off the inning with a single and came around to score on an error.
FHU had a chance to tie the game again in the eighth inning after Jesse Hykes and Joe Mike delivered consecutive singles with two outs, but Tyler Wilson was retired to stop the threat.
The Lions were then retired in order in the ninth as Belhaven closer Josh Clarke picked up his 10th save of the season.
Freed-Hardeman out-hit the Blazers, 10-7, but left the bases loaded in the first and stranded runners in six innings. Mike led the Lions at the plate with three hits while Justin Mackey and Robert Prieto both had two hits.
Ten of FHU's 17 losses this season have come by one run.
FHU returns to action tomorrow at Carnes Field, kicking off a 10-game home stand with a double-header against Lane (Tenn.) College at 1:00 PM.