HENDERSON, Tenn. – The Lyon College softball team couldn't get the best of the arm of Freed-Hardeman ace Sarah Elizabeth Cousar, as she no-hit the Scots in the opening game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Morgan Stadium to the tune of 8-0. The Scots bounced back with six hits in Game 2, but the Lady Lions walked away with an 8-2 to complete the sweep.
Lyon, which picked up its first win of the year the last time out in the Consolation game of the Scots' opening tournament, dropped to 1-5 on the young season, heading into this weekend's Lyon College Invitational. Freed-Hardeman remained unbeaten on the season, improving to 5-0.
Freed-Hardeman 8, Lyon College 0 (5 inn. – Game 1)
Cousar struck out 10 in the opening game, with Lyon's Savannah Graham
's walk in the opening frame being the only thing that kept her from a perfect game.
and Kate Tyree
both worked in the circle for Lyon. Mills (0-1) took the setback. In two innings, she allowed a pair of earned runs on four hits, with one strikeout and no walks. Tyree pitched the final 2.2 frames, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, with three walks and a strikeout.
Centerfielder Allie Carpenter led the Lady Lion offense, as she posted a perfect 3-for-3 game at the dish. She drove in four runs and tagged a double. Shortstop Mercedes Norfork doubled and finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, while catcher Amber Vansandt went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and a pair of runs driven in.
Freed-Hardeman took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and added two more insurance runs in the third. A three-run fourth frame created a 7-0 deficit for Lyon and the Lady Lions added another run in the bottom of the fifth.
Freed-Hardeman 8, Lyon College 2 (Game 2)
The Scots' bats came alive in the second game as they posted six hits. But the Lady Lions posted 12 of their own to record the 8-2 win.
Lyon College leftfielder Apple Filat
registered a pair of hits, finishing the game 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Third baseman Valerie Howell
went 1-for-2, connecting with a double, scoring a run and drawing a walk. Pitcher Jessica Cagigas
picked up a double in four at-bats, with a run scored. Mills went 1-for-1, while driving in a run and right fielder Kelsey Goodman
had a 1-for-2 game, also pushing a run across the plate.
Cagigas (1-3) was the pitcher of record for the Scots. She started the game in the circle, working 4.1 innings. She allowed four earned runs (6 total) on eight hits, with a pair of walks. Mills finished up the game. In 1.2 innings, she allowed two earned runs on four hits.
Kamara Trice was the winning hurler for Freed-Hardeman. She went the distance, allowing two earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and a pair of walks.
The game was scoreless for the first three frames. The Scots went ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth when Cagigas doubled to deep center and went to third on a wild pitch. She plated on Goodman's single to shallow center.
The Lady Lions then used a six-run fifth frame to build a five-run lead. Lyon College cut the deficit to 6-2 in the top of the sixth when Howell doubled to deep center and then went to third on a wild pitch. She scored when Mills singled shallow right-center.
But that was as close as the Scots would come as Freed-Hardeman added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Lyon College will how take on the University of the Ozarks (NCAA Division 3) on Friday at 9 a.m. in the Lyon College Invitational. The Scots will then play 22nd-ranked William Penn at 3 p.m. in the Scots' second game of the tournament.