Chamblee Hurls 15 K’s In 7-0 Shutout Of Truett McConnell: Lions play 2 today
DAYTON, Tenn. – Friday’s single nine-inning game against visiting Truett McConnell University (Ga.) marks the first game of a three-game series between the Bears and Bryan College Lions to open up Appalachian Athletic Conference play for both teams. In their first matchup of the season, it was the home team who rallied behind starting pitcher Stephen Chamblee. Chamblee, a junior from Tampa, Fla., put his name in the Bryan Baseball record books as he tossed a complete game shutout and retired 15 total Truett McConnell players via strikeout. Matt Day, dating back to 2004, holds the single-game strikeout record with 17, checking Chamblee in at the No. 2 spot.
Through nine innings on the mound, Chamblee had only two walks and eight hits surrendered to go along with his barrage of strikeouts, improving to a perfect 4-0 on the season. Bryan improved to 15-2 overall and 1-0 in the AAC, while Truett McConnell declined their overall mark to 8-6 and 0-1 in conference play.
A trio of Lions went deep in the contest, which included Fernando Garcia, Wade Weinburger, and Trevor Behrent. Garcia, who is on an 11-game hitting streak, is leading the team batting a monstrous .491 with a .737 slugging percentage. His 42 total bases is a team-best, and he’s now tallied four homeruns, 17 runs batted in, six doubles, and a team-high 30 hits. Weinburger is currently at 20 total hits this year, averaging .340 at the plate, leads the team with five bombs and 25 RBI’s, and has scored a team-leading 27 times. It was Behrent’s first long ball of the year, but he has impressed with a .340 average, 18 hits, and 15 RBI’s.
Garcia went 2-for-3 with a homerun and double, two runs scored, and two runs driven in. Weinburger also went 2-for-3 with a homerun, team-high three runs scored, and one RBI. Behrent matched Garcia with two RBI’s for the most in the game. The only other Lion with a multi-hit game was Lake Burris who went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Cody Young had Bryan’s other extra-base hit that went for a double and an RBI. The duo of Jacob Justice and Rodney Tennie each recorded one hit apiece in the outing.
The Lions got off to a quick start when Weinburger singles in the bottom of the first and Garcia sent him the rest of the way home on a two-run jack over the fence on the second pitch thrown his direction.
The 2-0 difference wouldn’t change until the bottom of the sixth when Weinburger capitalized on combination of Garcia’s double and an error by the Bears to extend separation to 3-0. Behrent kept the rally alive with a two-run shot that scored Garcia. Burris and Justice followed with back-to-back singles, which allowed Burris to take scoring position at third. A sacrifice fly sailed to deep center by Young allowed Burris to cruise home, making it a 6-0 ballgame.
Bryan secured one more insurance run in the seventh frame when Weinburger clobbered a pitch from Truett McConnell that towered over the Senter Field scoreboard for the solo shot, helping seal a commanding 7-0 AAC win.
The Lions will look to sweep the Bears in the series as they finish with a twin bill on Saturday, Mar. 3 with the first pitch slated for 1pm.