Baseball Shuts Down Toccoa Falls Early for 14-4 win
DAYTON, Tenn. – On Tuesday, it took less than a complete nine innings for Bryan College baseball to claim a victory against Toccoa Falls College (Ga.) as the Lions began their scoring early and continuously built onto their lead before capping the contest with a six-run stint in the bottom of the eighth for the run-rule 14-4 final. The triumph keeps the winning streak alive for Bryan as they improve to 9-0 while Toccoa Falls fell to 6-2.
Miguel Lopez was a dominating force for the Lions on the mound as he worked through seven innings against the Screaming Eagles and allowed just five hits and three runs while walking two and striking out eight. His efforts resulted in his first win of the season. He was followed by Irvin Cespedes who tossed the final frame and surrendered a pair of hits, one run, and retired one batter via strikeout.
Numerous Lions aided offensively as eight notched a hit and four of them going for two or more. Both Wade Weinburger and Fernando Garcia led Bryan in the hit’s column with three apiece. Weinburger also led all players with four runs batted in. Trevor Behrent and Lake Burris trailed with two hits, respectively. Burris ended with a trio of RBI’s while Behrent recorded two. The duo of David Scoggins and Weinburger each went the distance in the game as Scoggins tallied his first career homerun and Weinburger posted number two on the year. John Hennen was 1-for-1 at the plate and made his lone connection count for a triple and a pair of RBI’s. Rodney Tennie also had a hit and led the team with two stolen bases with Tyler Scott being another Lion to deal one hit.
Weinburger put Bryan on the board first with a solo bomb in the bottom of the opening frame.
Toccoa Falls answered in the top of the second for their only lead of the night when a single gave way to two Screaming Eagles crossing home, bringing the score to 2-1.
It wasn’t long before the Lions countered in the third inning and would never look back. Behrent helped bring in Scott and Weinburger with a two-RBI single to regain an edge. Garcia helped tack on another run after taking advantage of an error by Toccoa Fall’s second baseman.
The 4-2 lead turned into 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Scoggins let the count grow to 1-2 before shredding a ball over the fence.
In the fifth, the Screaming Eagles spoke up with a lone run, but the Lions clawed back in the bottom of the inning when Garcia, Behrent, and Burris also singled back-to-back to score Garcia and put Bryan on top 6-3.
Weinburger kept the momentum going for the Lions with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.
Toccoa Falls had a last-ditch effort in the eighth as they strung together two singles to add on another run, but the rally came up short as Cespedes got the last batter to ground out to Scoggins who zipped a throw to Burris at first.
Tennie moved in scoring position rather quickly as the bottom of the eighth got underway. He was walked, took second on a passed ball, and then advanced to third on a groundout by Scott. He completed his trip around the bases thanks to another single by Weinburger. Weinburger shuffled his way to third following a wild pitch and single by Garcia. Burris kept the runs coming in with a two-RBI single that scored Weinburger and Garcia. Behrent, who was walked, and Burris got a pass home when Hennen drove a ball deep into center field, which came up just shy from traveling over the fence. Hennen scored the last run of the game from a single that came off the bat of Scott as the Lions reached the 10-run difference to end the game 14-4.
Crossroads League member, Indiana Wesleyan University, comes to Dayton for a four-game series with Bryan over the weekend. Friday’s doubleheader begins at 4pm, and Saturday’s first pitch is slated for 1pm.