The Bryan College baseball team competed against Culver-Stockton College this morning in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. The Lions are the No. 4 seed in the Kingsport Bracket, while the Wildcats are the No. 5 seed. Bryan fell by a final score of 4-2.
The Lions struck first, scoring a run in the second inning off of a solo homerun by Kelvin McMiller. The Wildcats tied the game in the third inning, and then scored two runs in the sixth inning to take the lead. Bryan was able to get one run back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Culver-Stockton added an insurance run in the ninth inning.
Kelvin McMiller led the offense with two runs batted in, one hit, and one run scored. Preston King and Joey Underwood finished with two hits apiece. Cracdon Wallace recorded one hit and one run scored. Justin Morhardt, Cody Rhinehart, and Grant Zawadzki added one hit each.
Chad Burrows pitched all nine innings for the Lions and received the loss. He gave up four runs and five hits. Burrows struck out five batters.
The baseball team is now 33-27 on the season. They play again tomorrow morning at 11:00am against the loser of No. 2 Brewton-Parker and No. 3 Cumberland, which will begin at 2:30pm today. Click here to follow the tournament.