Lions run Win-Streak To Seven games
April 15, 2017
Dayton, Tenn.– A 2-0 blanking of the Hiwassee College Tigers spearheaded by Bryan College Softball’s starting pitcher, Sydney West (SO/White House, Tenn.), helped the Lions to a strong start on Senior Day, which took place on the campus of Bryan Saturday afternoon. The contest was followed by another shutout of the Tigers in the final game of the doubleheader as Courtney Petty (FR/Lebanon, Tenn.) tossed five innings, and Madison Owens (FR/Dandridge, Tenn.) closed the last two innings en route to a 3-0 victory, which marks seven straight wins for the Lions. Bryan improved their overall record to 22-18 and still control a 14-4 Appalachian Athletic Conference record, while Hiwassee dropped to 9-23 overall.
West scattered a mere four hits, tossed the only three strikeouts by either team through seven innings, and walked none to earn the win. Despite getting the loss, the Tiger’s starter managed her way past six innings from the circle and surrendered only two hits and one walk for a notable performance.
It was the bottom of the fourth inning when the Lions jumped on the board for a 1-0 lead. Becca Zimmerman (SR/Naples, Fla.) led off for Bryan and reached base on a bobbled ball. Aubrie Osborne (FR/Chatsworth, Ga.) followed by laying down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Zimmerman to second. Zimmerman relieved base-running duties to the speedy Lindsey Dunn (FR/Murray County, Ga.) who advanced to scoring position at third off Heidi Smith (FR/Cookeville, Tenn.)’s single driven to left field. It was Marissa Murray (JR/Hixson, Tenn.) who tallied the RBI when she connected for a sac-fly sent to left, which provided Dunn enough time to run home.
Hiwassee left no runners on in the fifth and sixth innings, while Bryan tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. The Lions began the bottom of the sixth frame with a groundout and a fly out, but the Tigers showed fatigue with back-to-back misplayed grounders that gave way to Osborne capitalizing on the mistakes to notch the final run. West got Hiwassee to fly out twice and ground out to end the top of the seventh and seal a 2-0 win.
Olivia Gore (SR/Cookeville, Tenn.) and Smith made up Bryan’s only two hits, while Murray had the lone run batted in. Osborne and Dunn scored one run apiece for the Lions.
Bryan was able to string more hits together in game two to better Hiwassee 9-5 in the hits column. Three of the Lion’s connections occurred in the bottom of the first when Bryan took an early edge. Kim Borowski (SR/Apopka, Fla.) singled to right to leadoff for the Lions and was trailed by Gore who slotted a single through the hole at shortstop to shift Borowski to second base. Hannah O’Shields (SO/LaFayette, Ga.) hit a sac-bunt that set up Borowski to score at third. The pressure continued to build for the Tigers when Zimmerman was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases with just one out. Osborne stepped up to the plate, watched a ball and strike pass, and then grabbed ahold of the next pitch for a single up the middle that scored Borowski. Hiwassee escaped the inning only down one run when Bryan had back-to-back pop outs to wrap up their at-bat.
Kayla Hayes (FR/Dresden, Tenn.) was a difference maker for the Lions in game two and started to make some noise when doubling deep to right-center in the bottom of the fourth. A passed ball allowed Hayes to scoot over to scoring position at third. She showed patience and waited on the right opportunity to go home, and it came when Borowski registered an RBI single.
Hayes wasn’t finished and started in the fifth inning right where she left on in the previous frame. Allison Walker (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.) produced a single to right and was sent home on another Hayes’ double to extend Bryan’s advantage to 3-0, which the Lions would hold onto for the duration of the game.
Petty chalked up another win this season when she allowed Hiwassee to four hits over five innings, while walking one and whiffing six. Owens had only one hit to show through the last two innings of relief work.
Borowski, Gore, and Hayes each turned in a multi-hit game with two swats apiece. Gore doubled, and Hayes ripped a pair of doubles as well as scoring one run and plating another. Borowski was the only player with a stolen base and ended with one run scored and one RBI. Osborne went 1-of-4 with an RBI, Walker was a perfect 1-of-1, and Petty aided with one hit.
Up next for the Lions is an AAC twinbill on the road against the Bears of Truett-McConnell University (Ga.) scheduled to start at 2pm on Monday, Apr. 17.