Once Again Lions Topple No. 18 UNOH And Rout Rio
DAYTON, Tenn. – After overwhelming the No. 18 team in the country, University of Northwestern Ohio, and also University of Rio Grande (Ohio) on Friday, the Bryan College baseball team repeated their impressive performances with a 10-4 victory over UNOH before completing the perfect 4-0 start to the season by outlasting Rio Grande 10-8. The losses dropped the Racers of UNOH to 8-2, their first setbacks of the season, and the RedStorm of Rio Grande to 0-4.
All it took was one inning to seal the win for the Lions in game number one as they rallied for seven in the bottom of the second frame. The first run was driven in off the bat of Anthony Tejeda as he smoked a double, sending Trevor Behrent from third to home. Bryan claimed a 2-0 advantage when Tyler Scott kept composure and was hit by a pitch as the bases were loaded, allowing Prentice Young to travel home. With the quickness of Tejeda on third and Rodney Tennie on second, a single by Wade Weinburger was enough for both to tally runs, growing the difference to 4-0. Fernando Garcia kept the momentum going with a single lined to center that scored Scott and Weinburger. An error on the play set up Garcia in scoring position as he advanced to second and then third. The Lions capitalized on the opportunity as Lake Burris blasted an RBI single, scoring Garcia for the final run of the inning to make it 7-0.
A single and a trio of walks was the only reason that UNOH broke their silence in the top of the third as the brought the score to 7-1. Even though Bryan had a comfortable lead, they went ahead and added three more insurance runs in the fourth. Scott was hit by a pitch, Weinburger was walked, and Garcia registered another single to bring Scott home. With Weinburger on third, a wild pitch proved costly as he marched in for another run. A pop up by David Scoggins set up Garcia to third, and a passed ball was the only other thing needed for Garcia to score the Lion’s last run of the game.
The Racers singled and doubled in the fifth to tack on a second run before hammering a two-run homerun in the sixth, but the last-second effort wouldn’t matter as the Lions went on to win with a final of 10-4.
Arinson Martinez recorded his first win of the season as he tossed five innings, surrendering only four hits and two runs along with four walks while striking out three. Reese Roach relieved for an inning and gave up one hit and two unearned runs from a long shot over the Senter Field fence. Irvin Cespedes closed up shop for Bryan, pitching the final frame and allowing one hit with one strikeout.
Weinburger and Garcia led the Lions in the RBI’s column with two apiece, while each also scored two runs. Garcia and Tejeda had the only multi-hit outings as each notched two, respectively, with Tejeda cashing in a double for Bryan’s only extra-base hit. Burris, Tennie, and Jesus Astudillo each had one hit in the contest.
Instead of saving it up for one or two innings, Bryan’s second game against Rio Grande was more spread out as the Lions scored a run in every inning except the fourth. Bryan was the first to strike when Garcia brought Weinburger home on an RBI double in the bottom of the first.
The RedStorm applied pressure in the top of the second as they produced three singles, but the Lions escaped with only one run allowed when a Rio Grande player successfully stole home to even the score 1-1. The second inning would be Bryan’s largest run provider in the game as Weinburger used one swing of the bat to clear all bases in grand slam style, separating the Lions from the RedStorm 5-1.
Rio Grande began to catch on to what Bryan was doing in the third because after the RedStorm posted a run, so did the Lions in the bottom of the inning as two singles, a fielder’s choice, and a passed ball gave way to Behrent making his way around all the bases and back home to keep the Lions with the advantage at 6-2.
Following a quiet fourth inning, the RedStorm finally had the difference maker they were looking for in the top of the fifth. A fly out and double would bring in three quick runs, but the rally wouldn’t stop there as an error by the Lions resulted in two more runs to be added to Rio Grande, giving them their first look at the lead as had the 7-6 edge. Unfortunately for the RedStorm, the Lions wouldn’t allow the excitement to last too long as Cody Young powered through a pitch and drove a ball the distance, using a solo shot to tie the game at seven apiece.
Rio Grande made things interesting when they responded with a solo homerun in the top of the sixth. Despite the sudden change in tone by the RedStorm, Bryan remained poised heading into the bottom of the frame. The Lions began with a pair of walks before Garcia grabbed ahold of a pitch and came within few a few feet of sending it over the right field fence. The hit still allowed Scott to take scoring position at third. Behrent’s single that came afterward tied the game 8-8 as Scott scored. Young is who came through for Bryan as he connected for the game-winning double that scored both Weinburger and Behrent, wrapping up the game for the Lions 10-8.
Brandon Marklund relieved Dalton Ross on the mound and silenced the RedStorm with two strikeouts while getting help from Burris at first who scooped up a well-hit ball down the line and went unassisted for the out to end the game.
Joseph Cuomo started for the Lions and lasted five innings, giving up seven hits and seven runs, four earned, with one walk and a pair of K’s. Dalton Ross was awarded the win for his efforts in the sixth as he threw one inning and had two hits, one run, one walk, and one strikeout come during his time on the mound. The save went to Marklund, who ended any chance of a comeback during the top of the seventh.
Weinburger had a lone hit, which came in the form of a grand slam as he led the team with four runs batted in and three runs scored. Next in line was Young, who went 2-for-4 with a trey of RBI’s, a homerun, a double, and one run scored. Besides Young, Behrent was the only other Lion with more than one hit as he finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Scott, Garcia, Burris, Scoggins, Tejeda, Tennie, and Jacob Justice had one hit apiece.
Following a solid beginning to the season, the Lions will look to extend the winning streak as they play host to River States Conference opponent Indiana University Kokomo for their season-opening series on Feb. 9 & 10, beginning at 4pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday.