Athletics // July 15, 2022

With the final Coaches' Poll released, Freed-Hardeman Baseball will spend the summer at #22 after reaching the opening round of the 2022 World Series. The Lions began the season receiving votes in the preseason poll, cracking the top 25 on March 9 with a #22 ranking after a 14-5 start.

Receiving the #2 seed in the Oklahoma City bracket of the opening round of the NAIA World Series, the Lions were stunned in the first game of the double-elimination World Series opening round with a 7-6 loss to MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), forcing the Lions to fight through the elimination bracket. Playing twice on Tuesday, May 17, FHU first bested LSU Alexandria before requiring four hours to defeat Kansas Wesleyan 17-9 in a contest that did not finish until 11:30 p.m. local time. Needing three more wins to advance to Lewiston, the Lions fell to the Oklahoma City Stars to see their season come to an early, yet impressive end. 

Though the FHU Hall of Fame member is moving from coach to athletic director, Estes remains confident in Freed-Hardeman baseball's future: "FHU Baseball is a unique place, where you can develop into the man God wants you to be while getting a first-class education and competing for championships. Those expectations won't change."