Guske sets FHU record in late comeback over Missouri Baptist
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Guske sets FHU record in late comeback over Missouri Baptist

Fri, Apr. 22, 2016 - [Baseball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team proved its not how you start a game that matters, but how you finish it as they overcame a six-run deficit in the second inning and responded with seven runs of their own on their way to a 7-6 victory over Missouri Baptist University Friday at Carnes Field.

Brandon Guske (10-2) picked up the win after working nine full innings and striking out eight while allowing nine hits. The win marked Guske's tenth complete game of the season, which surpassed a FHU record of nine complete games in a season set by Lion head coach Jonathan Estes during his playing days in Henderson during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

Griffin Siebert led the Lions at the plate as he went 3-for-4 on the night, including a double, to aid FHU in a comeback midway through the game. Darcy Moore also contributed at the plate for the Lions as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a homerun in the win.

Missouri Baptist (34-11, 17-5 AMC) came out firing to start the game, as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning as Tim Hergert and Culver Plant would both cross the plate for the Spartans.

The Spartans would add four more runs in the second inning, as Guske would continue to struggle on the mound. Culver Plant would strike again for Missouri Baptist, as he would connect on a triple to deep center field to score Kyle Keck, Josh Miguel and Tim Hergert to put the Spartans up 5-0. Plant would also cross the plate in the inning to put MBU up 6-0 after Brian Poupore reached on an error by Nate Van Nortwick.

However, as they have done all season long, FHU (35-12, 17-5 AMC) would not be phased by an early deficit as they continued to battle it out throughout the final six innings of the game. The Lions would not lose faith in Guske on the mound and he wouldn't give them a reason to doubt as he allowed just three hits for the remainder of the game to shut the Spartans down.

The Lions would also not lose faith in their bat, as they did their part to get back in the game by performing at the plate. FHU would get things started in the second inning, as Darcy Moore crossed the plate after reaching on an error by Missouri Baptist and scoring off a double down the right field line by Griffin Siebert.

The Lions would add five more runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning, as Chase Young would cross the plate first after reaching on a walk and scoring on a double down the left field line by Pete Trollinger. Zac Carter would close the gap even further as he connected on a two-run homerun over the right field fence to pull the Lions within two at the 6-4 mark.

Darcy Moore would also cross the plate for the Lions in the fifth inning after a walk by Jordan Woelfle with the bases loaded would bring in another run. Griffin Siebert would even things up at six apiece after a sacrifice fly by Nate Van Nortwick would allow him to score.

While Guske took care of the Spartans at the plate, the Lions needed just one more run to come away with the victory and edge even closer to the top spot in the American Midwest Conference.

FHU got just what they were looking for in the seventh inning, as Darcy Moore connected on a 1-1 pitch and took it over the left field fence for a homerun to give the Lions their first lead of the game at the 7-6 mark. The one run in the inning would prove to be all the Lions needed to finish out the game as Guske shut the Spartans down in the final two innings to secure the victory.

With the win, the Lions move to 35-12 on the season and 17-5 in conference play. Missouri Baptist falls to 34-11 on the season and 17-5 in conference play with the loss.

The Lions continue their series with the Spartans Saturday with a double-header beginning at 12:00 PM at Carnes Field.