|Cumberland (Tenn.)||Pitching||Bryan College|
|Cumberland (Tenn.)||Indv. Stats||Bryan College|
|None||Doubles||2 Players (#3,#19)|
|#16 Croft, Josh||Home Runs||#3 KING, Preston|
Dayton, Tenn. – Along with pulling out a 5-3 victory over Mid-South Conference opponent, Cumberland University (Tenn.), on Tuesday the Bryan Lions Baseball team's impressive 21-7 record before yesterday's game was good enough for the Lions to jump from No. 23 to No. 20 in the 2016 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Bryan College and Tennessee Wesleyan College (No. 10) are the lone Appalachian Athletic Conference schools representing the conference in the top-25 list.
Cumberland University gained an early 3-2 lead after two innings before Bryan pieced together a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to gain a 4-3 advantage and added another insurance run in the eighth to extend the Lion's win-streak to eight.
The Phoenix dealt damage early and put up two runs in the top of the first against Lions starter, Hunter Tipton (SR/Taylorsville, Ky.), with a two-run homerun. Preston King (SR/Kingston, Tenn.) countered in the bottom of the frame to provide needed momentum for the home team.
An RBI single was all Cumberland needed to create a two-run difference in the top of the second, but two runners on base with no outs to begin the bottom of the frame gave the Lions opportunity to cut the deficit. Hudson Clare (JR/Jacksonville, Fla.) led off for Bryan and managed to reach base after a dropped third strike by the Phoenix catcher. Brooke Jones was walked, advancing Clare to second. Andrew Urbistondo (SR/Stockton, Calif.) followed hitting into a fielder's choice where Clare was forced out at third. Crandon Wallace (SR/Nassau, Bahamas) delivered a single, plating Jones for the Lions only run of the inning, bringing the score to 3-2.
Bryan held Cumberland scoreless for the duration of the game, but the Lions struck back in the bottom of the sixth with the go-ahead run. Clare put the Lions in a comfortable position after a leadoff double. Urbistondo provided a single, which sent Clare to third. Jesus Astudillo (SO/Caracas, Venezuela) brought Clare home for the tying run and advanced Urbistondo to scoring position at third with a single. The Lions pressured the Phoenix after Evan Speicher (SR/Chattanooga, Tenn.) connected on a hit after Astudillo stole second, and capitalized on a throwing error by the shortstop to first. Urbistondo notched the go-ahead run on the error for a 4-3 Bryan lead.
The Lions picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth after Astudillo traveled to first with a single and was relieved by courtesy runner, Cameron Yoho (JR/Collierville, Tenn.), who stole second. King registered his second hit of the day with a ground rule double, burning the center fielder and one-hopped over the fence to plate Yoho for the final run of the game.
Bryan improved to 22-7 with a 5-3 win over Cumberland. Tipton moved to a spotless 3-0 on the season after 6.2 innings of work for Bryan, surrendering seven hits and three runs (two earned) while walking three and striking out four. Zane Glass (SO/Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Landon Mosteller (FR/Clarksville, Tenn.), and Brandon Marklund (SO/North Vancouver, Canada) tossed the final 2.1 innings and walked one and struck out one. Marklund collected the final three outs to earn his first save this year.
King led the Lions in the RBI column with two after finishing 2-for-5 with one homerun and one double. Astudillo and Wallace were the only other Lions to record a multi-hit performance. Clare landed a double in the contest, while Astudillo, Calhoun, Urbistondo, and Yoho each stole a bag, respectively.
The No. 20 Lions rest up one day before returning to baseball action at Senter Field with a matchup on Thursday, Mar. 24, against the Warriors of Midland University (Ne.) slated for 3pm.
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