The Bryan College baseball team hosted Point Park University for a doubleheader today. The Pioneers are currently ranked No. 19 in the NAIA. The Lions lost game one 4-2 but bounced back to win game two 8-6. The baseball team is now 5-8 on the season.
In game one, both teams scored a run in the third inning. The Pioneers scored two runs in the fourth to take the lead. The Lions were able to get one back in the fifth. Point Park concluded the scoring with a run in the seventh.
LJ Rowden started on the mound for Bryan and received the loss. He gave up three runs, two earned, and four hits in five innings of work. Rowden struck out nine batters. Kenny Knudsen pitched the final two innings, giving up one unearned run and two hits. He struck out three batters.
The Lions struck early in game two, scoring three runs in the first inning and one run in the second inning. Point Park scored two in the third inning, but Bryan added three more to total in the bottom of the inning. The Lions scored another run in the fourth inning off of a homerun by Tyler Latham. The Pioneers crossed the plate twice in the fifth and sixth innings to get the final score.
Grant Zawadzki led the offense with two runs batted in, two hits, and one run scored. Kevin Roberts finished with two RBIs and one hit. Crandon Wallace recorded one RBI, two hits, and one run scored. Cody Reinhardt added one RBI and two hits. Tyler Latham tallied one RBI, one hit, and two runs scored. Preston King ended the game with two hits and one run scored. Ethan Lents had one hit and one run scored. Justin Morhardt and Garrison Price crossed the plate once apiece.
Joey Underwood started on the mound for Bryan and earned the win. He gave up two runs and three hits in two and two-thirds innings of work. John Cain finished the third inning and threw the fourth and fifth innings. He gave up two runs and one hit while striking out four batters. Brannon Shortt started the sixth inning and threw for two thirds of the inning, giving up two runs and two hits. Kenny Knudsen pitched the final one and one-third innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out three batters to earn the save.
The Lions play again tomorrow at home against Point Park University. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 1:00pm ET.