Record: 7-5 Home: 7-5 Away: 0-0 AAC: 0-0
Billy Veal hit two solo home runs.
Billy Veal hit two solo home runs.
Baseball - Wed, Apr. 11, 2012

The Bryan College baseball team traveled across the river to Cleveland, Tenn., to take on the Lee University Flames. The new NAIA coaches' poll was released just an hour before the start of the game and found the Flames ranked #2 in the nation and the Lions receiving votes to be ranked.  Just one week earlier, Bryan swept the then-ranked #15 team in the nation.  Last night the Lions topped that sweep by defeating the #2 team 9-8.  Also, the win set a new single season wins record for the baseball program as the Lions improve to 32-23 on the season.

Lee scored a run in the first inning to get on the scoreboard first. Bryan had a huge second inning as they scored seven runs, including a three-run home run by Tyler Latham. The Flames got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and two strikes, Billy Veal hit a solo home run to add to the Lions' lead in the third inning. Lee scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap. Then in the ninth inning, Billy Veal hit his second solo home run of the game, which turned out to be the winning run. With one runner on and two outs in their last at-bat, the Flames scored three runs to get within one run in a comeback attempt which the Lions were able to hold off by throwing out the tying run at home plate to end the game.

Bryan Head Coach Taylor Hasty commented, "The team really played well throughout a great baseball game. Lee University is a great team with a lot of tradition and we always know we will have to be at our best when we play them. The guys played well and it is a good feeling for our program to come out on top."

Billy Veal led the Lions' offense with three runs batted in and two hits, both were solo home runs. Tyler Latham also recorded three RBIs off his three-run home run. Josh Harris finished with two RBIs and two hits. Kevin Layne added one RBI. Steven Brown, Shane Clawson, and Doug Stroup had one hit apiece.

Kemonte Keesee started on the mound and earned the win, improving to 6-1 on the season. This win came just a few hours after being named the NAIA National Pitcher of the Week for his dominating performance over the then-ranked #15 team in the nation. Keesee gave up five runs, four earned, in seven innings of work. Kenny Knudsen pitched the next one and two-third innings. He gave up three runs, zero earned, and zero hits. Adam Sanders came in to get the final out and earned his NAIA leading fifteenth save of the season. He gave up one hit and zero runs.

The Lions play again on this weekend in a three-game series against Tennessee Wesleyan College, who is currently ranked #8 in the nation. The doubleheader will be played at TWC on Friday and is scheduled to start at 1:00pm ET. The single nine-inning game will be played at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is scheduled to start at 4:00pm ET.