Bryan Baseball Faces Elimination after loss to UNOH

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Trevor Behrent, who went 2-for-5 with one run scored, a team-high four RBI's, and Bryan's only homerun via grand slam.(Photo:BryanAthletics)

Behrent’s Grand Slam Not Enough, Lions Play Elimination Game Today

May 2018

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Two big innings was all it took for the fourth-seeded racers of University of Northwestern Ohio to throw the top-seeded Bryan College Lions off their game during day one of the 2018 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. The Williamsburg Bracket, hosted by the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) at Doyle Buhl Stadium first saw UNOH defeat No. 5 seed Marian University (Ind.) 7-3, then No. 3 seed Point Park University (Pa.) upset No. 2 seed Cumberlands, before UNOH kept the momentum rolling with a 10-5 victory over Bryan to stay alive another day. Game four, which was originally slated for tomorrow morning, May 15 was moved to tonight. Marian and Cumberlands will battle it out to see who will remain in the tournament and face-off with Bryan tomorrow at 3pm. The first contest on Tuesday will be between Point Park and UNOH.

The last time the Lions and Racers met up was in Bryan’s second and third games of this season when UNOH traveled to Dayton, Tenn. where the Lions prevailed 8-3 and 10-4 for the sweep. The Racers knew they needed to strike first, so they sped out to a four-run rally in the top of the third for the game’s initial runs. A double down the left-field line sparked the rally. An RBI single followed, sending one UNOH player home. Another double ripped down the left-field line added on a second run. The final punch of the frame came on a two-run homerun over the fence in left field, building the Racer’s lead to 4-0.

Bryan hit the leadoff for UNOH with a pitch to begin the top of the fourth. The Racers had no shortage of extra-base hits as another double, this time shallow down the left-field line, brought in a run. An intentional walk put runners on first and second, setting up the next UNOH player for a three-run bomb over the center-field fence on a 2-2 count, growing the difference to 8-0.

Finally, in the bottom of the fifth, it was Rodney Tennie who brought some life to the Lion’s dugout as he connected for a leadoff single to shallow center. He showed off his speed by stealing second. On the play, he managed to get a Racer to make a throwing error which he took full advantage of. His quickness allowed him to round third and reach home for Bryan’s first run of the outing.

It was a quick and quiet sixth inning before the Lions went to work in the bottom of the seventh in an attempt at a comeback. Tennie was patient at the plate and earned a walk. Jacob Justice followed with a single to shallow left-center, advancing Tennie to second. Next was Tyler Scott who also held off for the right pitch and never saw it, giving him a free pass to first via walk. With one swing of the bat, Trevor Behrent propelled Bryan back into the contest with a bases-clearing grand slam sent towering over the left-field fence, marking his seventh long shot of the season. The impact play by Behrent cut the deficit to three with UNOH still narrowly leading 8-5.

Unfortunately, the Lions were unable to carry the momentum as they came up empty in the final two innings. The Racers paced their way to a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth off four hits, including a two-run single to seal a 10-5 final.

In total, UNOH outhit Bryan 14-6. The only two Lions to have a multi-hit game were Behrent and Justice. Behrent finished 2-for-5 with one run scored, a team-high four RBI’s, and Bryan’s only homerun in the form of a grand slam. Justice was 2-for-3 with one run scored and a triple, marking the only other extra-base hit tallied by the Lions. Tennie and Wade Weinburger each made the hit’s column with one apiece.

Entering the contest a perfect 11-0, Stephen Chamblee was dealt his first loss of the year after tossing 3.2 innings and surrendering eight hits and eight runs while walking and striking out two, respectively. Dalton Ross relieved 1.1 innings and had a clean slate including one walk and one strikeout. The following two frames were overseen by Joseph Cuomo who impressed with just two hits allowed while walking two and hurling a trio of K’s. Reece Roach closed the last two stanzas and saw four hits, two runs, and two strikeouts occur while on the mound.

 

 

Monday, May 14 
Game 1 – 12 p.m.No. 4 UNOH def. No. 5 Marian (Ind.), 7-3
 • Recap | Box Score | Live Video Stream
Game 2 – 3:30 p.m.No. 3 Point Park (Pa.) def. No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.), 8-2
 • Recap | Box Score | Live Video Stream
Game 3 – 7 p.m.No. 4 UNOH def. No. 1 Bryan (Tenn.), 10-5
 • Recap | Box Score | Live Video Stream
Game 4 – 10:30 p.m.No. 5 Marian (Ind.) vs. No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.)
• Recap | Live Stats | Live Video Stream
Tuesday, May 15 
Game 5 – 11 a.m.No. 3 Point Park (Pa.) vs. No. 4 UNOH
 • Recap | Live Stats | Live Video Stream
Game 6 – 3 p.m.No. 1 Bryan (Tenn.) vs. Winner Game 4
 • Recap | Live Stats | Live Video Stream
Game 7 – 7 p.m.Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
 • Recap | Live Stats | Live Video Stream
Wednesday, May 16 
Game 8 – 12 p.m.Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 7
 • Recap | Live Stats | Live Video Stream
Thursday, May 17 
Game 9 – 12 p.m.TBD
(If necessary)• Recap | Live Stats | Live Video Stream

 

To view the Williamsburg Bracket page, click here.

 

For the full 2018 Opening Round schedule, click here.

 

 

 

*The three other Appalachian Athletic Conference schools saw victories in the first day of the opening round. As the No. 2 seed in the Kingsport Bracket, Tennessee Wesleyan University downed No. 3 seed Madonna University (Mich.) 11-2. In the Lawrenceville Bracket, No. 5 seed Point University defeated No. 4 seed Indiana Wesleyan University 10-7 before falling to No. 1 seed Georgia Gwinnett College 10-0. The Skyhawks are still alive and will play tomorrow in an elimination game. No. 3 seed Reinhardt University secured the program’s first-ever opening round win with an 8-3 decision over No. 2 Campbellsville University (Ky.) in the Bowling Green Bracket.

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