Bryan Wins 12-6 Before Falling 15-1 to lose Series 2-1
WEST POINT, Ga. – Saturday took a positive turn for the 14th-ranked Bryan College baseball team, as the Lions pounded fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Point University in the first game of the day’s twinbill 12-6. The win was a response to Friday’s upsetting outcome that saw the Skyhawks prevail 12-7 in the three-game series opener. Unfortunately, Bryan was unable to close out the day as strong as they started, leaving Point the opportunity to take the series with a 15-1 decision in the finale. The split moved the Lions to 22-11 overall and 9-6 in AAC play while the Skyhawks bumped their overall record to 24-13 and conference record to 8-7.
All of Bryan’s 12 runs in the first game came during two innings, beginning with the top of the third frame, which also marked the first runs to be posted on the scoreboard. The Lions had two quick outs to begin their at-bat, but Destine Udombon singled to right-center and Lake Burris launched the team in front 2-0 with a two-run homerun over the fence in left field. Marcus Catalano showed no signs of slowing down, as he ripped a double to right-center, stole third, and then scored on a wild throw to gain a commanding 3-0 advantage for Bryan. Point cut the deficit back to two in the bottom of the inning by piecing together two singles and capitalizing on a Lions’ error.
Bryan stranded two runners on in the fourth, but both the Lions and Skyhawks came up empty in the stanza. The top of the fifth is where Bryan delivered the dagger that ultimately gave the Lions the end result. Instead of Udombon striking out to start the Lions’ at-bat, he managed to reach on the wild pitch. Burris came behind and hit into a fielder’s choice, but another wild throw allowed Udombon to take third, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Udombon came home when Catalano sailed an RBI single to center. Hakeem Stargell kept the players moving with a sacrifice bunt. Burris and Catalano had it easy when Jesus Astudillo smoked a two-run double to right-center. Tucker Cain took over running duties for Astudillo. On the next play, Jacob Justice single to right, which allowed Astudillo to score and Cain reach third. Cain ended up scoring when Wade Weinburger hit into a fielder’s choice. Tyler Scott kept the rally going with a single. With Weinburger now on third, all it took was a wild pitch for him to race in for the score. Another wild pitch and a single by Udombon scored Scott. Udombon displayed his quickness when he took second on a wild throw and then rounded the rest of the bases thanks to an RBI single by Catalano. Burris, who reached base via walk, tallied the final run of the nine-run explosion when Stargell sent an RBI single to right. The game-deciding frame provided the Lions with an overwhelming 12-1 edge.
The Skyhawks soared to three runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth, but the comeback effort came up short, as the Lions captured the 12-6 final.
Stephen Chamblee started for Bryan and worked through four hits, four runs, three walks, and five strikeouts over 4.1 innings before turning over the mound to Dalton Ross who earned the win. Ross improved his record to 4-1 after scattering three hits and two unearned runs during 1.2 frames with one walk and one strikeout. Coming in for his first save of the season was Landon Mosteller. Mosteller held Point scoreless the final three innings and surrendered just three hits. He walked just one batter and retired two by strikeouts.
Catalano was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, two runs batted in, two doubles, and one stolen base. His standout performance was trailed by Justice’s three hits. Scott, Udombon, Burris, and Astudillo finished with two hits apiece, helping the Lions outhit the Skyhawks 18-10 in the conference clash. Burris belted his 16th homer of the year and totaled two RBIs. Astudillo also drove in two runs with a double. Other Lions to chip in one hit each included Stargell, Cain, and Logan Peterson.
Game two was much different for Bryan. After their powerful showing to start the day, the Lions could only scrape up two hits in the last game against the Skyhawks. Udombon singled and Scoggins doubled for the only connections produced by Bryan. Through three innings, Point had already snagged a 7-0 lead after one run in the first inning and a seven spot in the third inning. A walk, double, and sac-fly combined to bring in the opening run. The Skyhawks compiled six hits in the third, including a three-run inside the park homerun, to create the large seven-run separation.
Bryan broke free for what ended up being their only run of the game in the top of the fourth. It was gathered when Burris reached on a walk, advanced to second on Astudillo’s sac-bunt, and then jogged home when Scoggins drove an RBI double down the right field line.
For good measure, Point registered two more runs in the fifth and an extra six runs in the sixth to cap the 15-1 decision.
After receiving the loss, Luke Henderson fell to an even 3-3 on the year. He allowed five hits and six earned runs during the first 2.2 innings. Trevor Ferguson saw one out of action and was hit up for two hits and one run. The next two frames were managed by Samuel Salyers, as the Skyhawks amassed two hits and two earned runs during his time on the mound. Point rattled off five hits and six runs, three earned, over the two outs pitched by Kurt Meeberg. Reece Roach yielded the last out with a clean slate.
Bryan remains on the road and pays a visit to Mid-South Conference competitor Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) for a mid-week matchup. The Lions and Blue Raiders are set to face-off in a single game on Wednesday, April 3 at 5pm. Lindsey Wilson currently owns an overall record of 7-20.
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