BATAVIA, Oh. – The Lions squared off against non-conference foe Cincinnati Christian University on Wednesday at Midland Field. Despite three runs in the sixth inning from the Mount, the Eagles would mantain their lead and came away with a 5-3 victory.
Cincinnati Christian University's first run came in the form of a two out solo homerun in the top of the fourth. The Eagles plated another run with an RBI single in the fifth. In the sixth the Eagles would score two more runs with one run coming from a sacrifice fly to right field.
Down three and after two hits, Garrett Hogan (Hamilton, OH / Badin) would step to the plate and deliver the Lion's first runs with a double to right center. With Hogan on third after a wild pitch, Trevor Theuerling (Cincinnati, OH / Clark Montessori) plated him with a groundball to the first basemen and a three spot for the inning.
The Eagles extended their lead in the seventh with an RBI single to center field, and would hold that lead until rain concluded the game in eight innings.
Freshman Jacob Hughes (Cincinnati, OH / LaSalle) got the start for the Lions and went four solid innings, striking out two Eagles and allowing one run off two hits in the loss. Hughes was followed by Oakley Billingsley (Westport, IN / South Decatur), Brady Johnson (Peebles, OH / Peebles HS), and Chris Honebrink (Cincinnati, OH / Roger Bacon), each recording one inning and one strikeout.
The Lions move to 13-14 on the season and will be playing next this Saturday as they travel to Manchester for a doubleheader. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 1PM and 4PM for game two. Tune into MSJsports.com for live updates of the game.