Behrent & Burris Power Lion’s Offense in Loss to No. 2 Georgia Gwinnett
DAYTON, Tenn. – Trevor Behrent blasted a solo bomb in the bottom of the fifth, his fourth homerun of the season, and was followed by Lake Burris in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run shot that traveled the distance, marking a team-best eight homeruns for the Chatsworth, Ga. native this season, but the offense powered by the two Lions wasn’t enough for 11th-ranked Bryan College as they fell 8-3 to the visiting 2nd-ranked team in the country, Georgia Gwinnett College on Tuesday afternoon.
The Grizzlies rallied behind Gregory Loukinen on the mound as he tossed a complete nine innings, allowing the Lions just six hits as his team compiled 18 hits, and striking out 10 batters. Through the first four innings, Loukinen had tossed a no-hitter with the first hit surrendered coming off Behrent’s bat in the fifth.
Bryan shuffled through six pitchers, beginning with Miguel Lopez who handled the majority of the work over the first four innings. He gave up six hits, a pair of runs, and tossed one K. Zane Glass relieved for an inning and had one hit, one run, one walk, and one strikeout during his time on the mound. After Glass was Dalton Ross who completed one frame with just one hit, one walk, and one K tallied. Joseph Cuomo lasted one out as the Grizzlies charged for two hits and two runs. Jesus Astudillo retired Georgia Gwinnett for the final two outs of the inning with two hits allowed, one run, one walk, and a lone strikeout. Irvin Cespedes managed the eighth and ninth innings in the closer role with five hits, two runs, and one strikeout during his watch.
The loss marked just the fourth time that Bryan has come up short this year as they own a remarkable 20-4 overall record and remain unbeaten in conference play at 6-0. The win helped lift Georgia Gwinnett to 20-4 as well.
Behrent finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, trailed by Burris who connected on 1-for-4 with one run scored and the team’s other two runs batted in. Rodney Tennie, Jacob Justice, and Cody Young each registered one hit apiece, while Justice’s lone hit traveled for a double.
A sacrifice bunt sandwiched between a pair of singles gave way to the Grizzlies’ initial run in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back singles that came afterward helped Georgia Gwinnett claim a 2-0 advantage after one inning of play.
Three quiet innings passed before the Grizzlies capitalized on a walk, wild pitch that advanced the runner to second, and an RBI double to grow the difference to 3-0.
Behrent broke the silence for the Lions as he let the first pitch pass him by and then caught all of the second pitch as he sent a towering leadoff solo homer over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Georgia Gwinnett rallied in the seventh for a dagger three-spot off four hits and an error. The Grizzlies sparked the momentum with a leadoff double followed by a single. A two-run single extended separation to 5-1 before the runner on first moved to second on a stolen base, took scoring position at third on a wild throw, and then came home after another single knocked by Georgia Gwinnett to make it a 6-1 ballgame.
In the top of the eighth, the Grizzlies posted their first and only homerun of the day to score two more runs, but the Lions responded in similar fashion in the ninth when Behrent singled and wasn’t on base long when Burris crushed a two-run jack for the concluding two runs of the contest as Georgia Gwinnett prevailed 8-3.
Bryan’s next outing was scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 14 against Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), but the home matchup with the Blue Raiders has been postponed to Apr. 17, which will now be played in Columbia, Ky.
The Lions are on the road this weekend for a two-day visit in Laurinburg, N.C. as they battle Appalachian Athletic Conference host St. Andrews University on Friday, Mar. 16 at 2pm and then again on Saturday, Mar. 17 at 12pm.