The Bryan College baseball team hosted their annual Tennessee Valley Invitational. The Lions played four games over the weekend and finished with a 3-1 record. Their one loss came to #24 Madonna University. The three wins came against the University of Rio Grande, Bluefield College, and then the Lions closed the invitational with a win over #20 Georgetown College.
In their first game of the invitational, the Lions lost 5-3 to the Crusaders of Madonna University. The Lions got on the scoreboard first as they crossed the plate once in the first inning. However, the Crusaders scored a run in the second, two in the fourth, one in the fifth, and another in the sixth to take a 5-1 lead. The Lions scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap, but it wasn't enough to extend the game.
Joey Vega was the starting pitcher for the Lions and received the loss. He pitched the first five innings, giving up four runs on four hits. Vega struck out eight batters. Dylan Culver pitched the final two innings. He gave up one run and one hit while striking out two batters.
On Friday night, the Lions rebounded to defeat the RedStorm of the University of Rio Grande 1-0. Josh Harris received the RBI for the Lions as he was able to earn a walk while the bases were loaded. Tyler Latham and Grant Zawadzki had the team's two hits.
LJ Rowden returned to the mound after missing the 2012 season due to injury. He started and pitched all seven innings for the Lions, earning the win. He struck out six batters and only gave up one hit.
The Lions started Saturday with a 5-2 win over Bluefield College. Bryan scored two runs in the second inning and then three runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 run. The Rams scored two runs in the sixth. The Lions held them scoreless in the seventh to get the win.
Tyler Latham hit a three-run homerun to finish the game with three RBIs, one hit, and one run scored. Chris Jefferies and Cody Rhinehardt had one hit and one RBI apiece. Andrew Smith finished with two hits and a run scored. Grant Zawadzki added one hit and one run scored.
John Cain started on the mound and earned the win. He gave up just two runs and two hits while striking out five batters in six innings of work. Kenny Knudsen pitched the final inning, earning his third save of the season.
The Lions' biggest win of the season so far came in their final game of the weekend as they defeated the #20 team in the nation 9-2. Bryan scored a run in the second inning and two in the third inning to jump out on top. The Tigers scored two runs in the fourth. The Lions added another run in the fifth inning and then five more in the sixth inning.
Tristan Speak started on the mound and earned the win. He pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits. Adam Sanders pitched the next one and one-third innings. He gave up two hits and no runs. Kenny Knudsen came in and got the final two outs without giving up a hit or a run.
The Lions are now 5-1 on the season. They play again on Friday and Saturday in a three-game series at home against Georgia Gwinnett College. Friday's single 9-inning game is scheduled to start at 5:00pm ET, and Saturday's doubleheader is set to start at 1:00pm ET.