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April 2, 2014

Fifth-ranked EMCC Lions split doubleheader

BOONEVILLE — The fifth-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College used a five-run sixth inning to claim a come-from-behind 7-5 road win over Northeast Mississippi in Tuesday's opening game of an MACJC North Division baseball doubleheader split with the Tigers.  

Northeast came back to post an 8-1 nightcap victory over the Lions in the twin bill.

With Tuesday's split in Booneville, EMCC's Lions and the Northeast Tigers remain tied atop the division standings at 9-3 following the completion of the first rotation of the MACJC North Division baseball schedule.

In the opener, the Lions took an immediate 1-0 lead as Chase Nyman smacked the first pitch he saw from Northeast starting pitcher Landon Boyd and deposited it over the right field fence for his second home run of the year. After the Tigers answered with the tying run in the bottom of the second, EMCC's Chase Reeves put the visitors back on top with a solo homer of his own — his fourth of the year and fifth of his collegiate career — in the third inning.

Northeast used the middle portion of the contest to tally a pair of runs in the fourth and a solo score the next frame off EMCC starting pitcher Chase Cameron to move in front 4-2 after five innings.  The Tigers tied the game on an RBI double by Ben Foster in the fourth while taking the lead on sacrifice flies off the bats of Scott Pala and Easton Hall.

After leaving a pair of runners on base during each of the previous four innings, including hitting into inning-ending double plays in the fourth and fifth frames, East Mississippi went through the batting order in the sixth inning.  Fueled by a one-out infield throwing error, the Lions got a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Reeves to make it 4-3. 

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