On a rainy afternoon at the Perfect Game Sports Complex in Emerson, Ga. the Lions were propelled to victory after scoring 16 runs in the 2nd inning to take down the Roosevelt Lakers 18-6.
This is the second trip the Lions have made this season down to the turf at Lake Point, splitting with NAIA power Missouri Baptist on the first trip. Roosevelt University, who traveled down from Chicago on their spring trip, played at Bryan on Monday, falling 7-3 in the first contest. Wednesday's game was originally scheduled to be played at Bryan and was moved to Lake Point because of the rain moving through the area on Wednesday.
"It is a great opportunity for us to be able to play on the turf fields at Perfect Game's facility in Emerson," remarked Bryan Head Coach, Taylor Hasty. "Playing games as scheduled is a big part of developing consistency on the baseball field and I am grateful to Perfect Game and their willingness to work with us to get games in."
The Lions fell behind early in Wednesday's contest as Bryan freshman, Brandon Marklund, struggled in his first career start. Marklund walked the leadoff hitter who scored on a triple by AJ Neufeld. Neufeld would score the second run of the inning on a wild pitch by Marklund 2 batters later. The 2 runs were the only runs given up by Marklund who finished with four innings pitched, 3 strikeouts and 7 walks.
After failing to score in the 1st inning, the Lions would send 22 hitters to the plate in the bottom half of the second inning on their way to a school record 16 runs. The Lions were paced by freshman catcher, Jesus Astudillo, who had 5 RBI's in the inning with a grand slam and a RBI single in the inning. Astudillo was one of 4 hitters to bat three times in the inning and joined junior infielder Evan Speicher as the only two players to record multiple hits. The inning saw 4 different Lakers trot to the mound as the Roosevelt pitchers struggled to throw strikes, walking 10 and hitting 2 batters. The 40 minutes of offense by the Lions, included 7 hits, 3 of which went for extra bases.
The Lions would finish the game sending 3 different pitchers to the mound in relief of Marklund, two of whom, Hudson Graham and Hunter Lamoureux recording their first outings of the season. Lions' pitchers gave up 4 additional runs over the final 3 innings of the shortened contest but 2 additional runs by the Lion offense in the 5th inning sealed the game which Bryan won by a final score of 18-6.
Bryan Baseball will return to the field on Monday in Appalachian Athletic Conference play against St. Andrews College. Game time is scheduled for 3 PM.