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SEARCY, Ark. (SAU) - Six unanswered runs over the final four innings combined with a sharp starting pitching performance from Timothy Buchanan resulted in the Southern Arkansas baseball team picking up a 6-1 road win over Harding University in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at Jerry Moore Field.
Buchanan (8-1) and the No. 12-ranked Muleriders (34-13) fell behind early in the game as the Bisons (26-18) were able to score the game's first run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning. After that run-scoring first inning, however, Buchanan would stifle the hitters for Harding as the freshman left-hander allowed just two more hits while throwing nothing but zeros on the scoreboard over the next seven innings.
While Buchanan was keeping the Bisons' offense in check, Harding starter Collin Campbell was doing much of the same to the Muleriders' offense. Over the first five innings, Campbell had scattered five hits and stranded three base runners as he held the Muleriders scoreless.
Despite pitching well, Campbell would not return to the game in the sixth inning, and that is when the Muleriders notched their first run. The tying run for the Muleriders came off of the bat of recently named GAC Player of the Week, Brady Capshaw, as he singled to left field to score Chris Quinn.
An inning later, Jackson McCurdy would give the Muleriders a 2-1 lead as he doubled to trade places with Ryan Dardenne. In the following inning, the Muleriders would blow the game open as they sent nine men to the plate and scored four runs to extend the lead out to 6-1.
In that four-run eighth inning, David Harris, Tyler Cameron, McCurdy, and Ryan Bell would all pick up a RBI.
Now staked to a five-run lead, Buchanan would work around a one-out walk in the bottom of the eighth to complete his afternoon on the mound. The final stat line on Buchanan reflected eight complete innings, three hits allowed, one earned run, two walks, and five strikeouts.
With Buchanan's outing done after eight innings, fellow freshman left-hander Blake Sullivan would come on in relief in the ninth inning. Sullivan would work around a two-out double to register a scoreless ninth inning and secure the 6-1 win for the Muleriders.
The Muleriders will now return home for the final conference series of the season as they will play host to Arkansas-Monticello starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26 inside Walker Stadium at Goodheart Field.