Searcy, Ark. – Twelve different pitchers, thirteen runs and twenty-four hits made for an exciting afternoon of non-conference action as the Harding University Bison outlasted the Central Baptist College Mustangs, 7-6.
Jalin Lawson, the NAIA home run leader (18) hit two in the game but it was not enough to push the Mustangs to the victory.
Harding University jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Harding University attack began with a single from Zac Stewart. A stolen base then moved Stewart from first to second. Blake Coward singled, scoring Stewart.
Harding University brought home one run in the second inning, and matched that run total in the fifth. In the second, the Bison scored on a sacrifice fly by Alan Copeland, bringing home Zach Beasley.
CBC got on the board in the third inning with Lawson's first home run. In the fourth they scored again after a triple by Josh Buczek and a fielding error by Harding allowed Monterio May to reach base and score Buczek.
Harding University didn't relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the eighth inning when it scored on an RBI single by Beasley and an RBI triple by Davis Richardson.
Zac Stewart got the win for the Bison pitching one shutout inning. He struck out one, walked one, and surrendered no hits. Ryan Smith took the loss for Central Baptist allowing two runs in one inning of work.
NEXT UP: The Mustangs are home this weekend (April 8-9) and host Harris-Stowe State University. Friday will feature a single game at 6:00 PM with a double header on Saturday beginning at noon.