The Diamond Lions were in need of a winning home stand to climb back into the race for the Heartland Conference tournament. After dropping their doubleheader against St. Mary’s, the Lions grinded out a 3-2 game three win.
The win moved the Lions to 10-12 overall and 5-7 in conference play. The next weekend saw second place University of Texas of the Permian Basin come to town for a crucial three game series. The Diamond Lions won game one 2-1, then followed with an 11-4 thrashing of the Falcons.
After the Falcons tied the game at 2 apiece in the top of the fifth inning, the Lions responded with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth. A Koby Chadick home run made it 4-2 before the flood gates opened. Two 2 run singles by Tyler Lein and J.C. Baxley to make it 10-2 before Curtis Clark was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 11-2. A solo home run and a RBI groundout in the ninth made it 11-4, and gave the Lions a big series win.
The Diamond Lions went on to sweep the Falcons with a 6-4 victory in game 3 behind a dominant pitching performance from Jordan Cordray who went 8 innings allowing one earned run on six hits with four strikeouts. The Falcons scored two runs in the 9th on two bases loaded walks to bring the final score to 6-4. With the win Cordray improved to 2-3 on the year while the Lions improved to 13-12 overall and 8-7 in conference play.
The Diamond Lions took a week off from conference play and played Northeastern State and Ouachita Baptist in a single and four game series respectively. After losing to NSU, the Lions dropped the first two games of their four game series with Ouachita Baptist. However, the Lions took games three and four to get back on the winning track before St. Edward’s comes to town for another crucial three game conference series. Game three of the Ouachita Baptist series went 15 innings before a Brennan Rogers RBI single gave the Lions a 3-2 win.
After the St. Edward’s series the Lions will finish their sixteen game home stand against Henderson State University on Tuesday, April 8. At 15-15, 8-7 in conference play, the Lions sit tied for third with UTPB halfway through the conference season.
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