Baseball sweep leads to five game win streak


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Kade Granier, a redshirt senior pitcher, winds up a pitch. The Lions baseball team secured three wins over the weekend against the Abilene Christian University Wildcats, extending the win streak to five games.

The Lions baseball team swept Abilene Christian University with 14-1, 12-9 and 8-3 wins over the weekend.

Matt Riser, head coach of baseball, felt proud of his team’s execution in the series.

“Especially at the spur of the moment on Saturday, we got down early by three runs and stormed back to get the win,” shared Riser. “Championship ball clubs avoid getting swept, and we did that this weekend with getting the sweep.

In the first game of the series, Nick Ray, a redshirt freshman outfielder, blasted three home runs, which was last accomplished 10 years ago for the Lions. Riser discussed Ray’s performance.

“He did not play in the mid-week game against Alcorn State,” said Riser. “He was in a bit of a flunk, but he came back with huge at-bats. He works hard and deserves all the success he gets.”

Ray shared his thoughts on the achievement.

“It was very exciting to be able to do that,” stated Ray. “My thought process was not much. I just did what the coaches taught us. I got in the box, stood back and relaxed. It was a great feeling to be able to do that. We won last Sunday to avoid the sweep but came back this weekend and got the sweep. It felt great.”

The Lions will be back in play against the University of South Alabama on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m.