The single nine-inning game was started on Thursday night, but was stopped after the fourth inning due to the rain. They continued the game on Friday morning before the doubleheader. Bryan won the game 7-4. The Lions scored six runs in the second inning, including a grand slam by Tyler Latham. Bryan scored their only other run in the third inning. Bluefield scored one in the third to make the score 7-1 when the game was postponed. Then the Rams scored another run in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to get the final score.
Tyler Latham led the team in RBIs with four off of his grand slam. Zach Vick finished with one RBI and one hit. Steven Brown and Billy Veal added one RBI each. DeWayne Boyd and Josh Harris recorded two hits apiece. Doug Stroup tallied one hit.
Tanner Brown started on the mound for the Lions and received the win to improve to 9-3 on the season. He gave up just one run and two hits in four innings of work. John Cain took over on the mound on Friday morning when they restarted the game. He gave up three runs and three hits while striking out five batters in four innings of work. Adam Sanders pitched the ninth inning and earned his sixteenth save of the season, breaking the AAC single season saves record. He struck out one batter while holding his opponent hitless and scoreless.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Lions put two runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and then held Bluefield scoreless all seven innings.
Jason Ridenhour started on the mound and earned his seventh win of the season. He struck out five batters and gave up four hits in four innings of work. Kenny Knudsen pitched the sixth inning. He got the first batter to ground out, then struck out a batter, and was able to get the third batter to ground out. Adam Sanders pitched the seventh inning and received his seventeenth save of the season. The first two batters grounded out and then the third batter flied out to right field.
The Lions were able to hold off the Rams in the final game as they won 8-7 to complete the sweep. Bluefield scored two runs in the first inning to take the lead. Bryan scored four runs in the third to take the lead and then added two more in the fourth inning. The Lions crossed the plate two times in the seventh inning. The Rams scored five runs in the last inning to get within one run, but the Lions' defense held them there.
DeWayne Boyd had two of the teams five RBIs and one hit. Shane Clawson and Billy Veal finished with two hits and one RBI each. Tyler Latham added one RBI and one hit. Kevin Layne and Doug Stroup recorded two hits each. Steven Brown and Zach Vick had one hit apiece.
Kemonte Keesee started on the mound and received the win, improving to 7-1 on the season. He gave up seven runs, two earned, and eight hits in six and two-thirds innings worked. Kenny Knudsen came in and got the final out to earn the save. He gave up one hit.
The Lions finish the regular season with an overall record of 39-16 and a conference record of 17-7. Bryan will enter the AAC tournament as the number two seed. The tournament format consists of eight teams in two pools of four. It is double-elimination within pool play. The two pool winners will then meet in a winner-take-all championship game to determine the 2012 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament champion. Seeds No. 1, 4, 5 and 8 will be in Pool A, while Seeds No. 2, 3, 6 and 7 will be in Pool B. Bryan will play on Tuesday against seventh seeded Bluefield College at 5:00pm ET. The tournament is being played at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn.