Dayton, Tenn. – NCCAA competitor tucked away in Toccoa, Ga., the Eagles of Toccoa Falls College, traveled to Bryan Hill on Wednesday (Apr. 6) to faceoff against the seemingly unstoppable force of the No. 15 Bryan Lions Baseball team, who entered the game having won 14 of their last 16 games. A quality start handed in from Hunter Tipton and an offense paced by Langston Calhoun's four hits proved to be too much for the Eagles as the Lions cruised to a 6-2 victory and improved to 29-9 overall this season.
Tipton tossed four innings of three-hit ball and surrendered two unearned runs along with collecting two strikeouts, moving to a perfect 5-0 this season. Zane Glass and Jared Breazeale each aided with two innings of work from the mound, respectively, giving up only one hit and no runs to show for it. Brandon Marklund relieved the final inning and held the Eagles scoreless while picking up one strikeout.
Calhoun led the Lions in the hits column, finishing 4-for-5 with one run scored and two doubles. Justin Morhardt and Andrew Urbistondo each registered two hits apiece, while Morhardt aided with one RBI and Urbistondo chipped in two runs scored. Jesus Astudillo had only one hit but was a double, giving way to two RBI and two runs scored. Crandon Wallace went 1-for-4 in the contest with one RBI.
Toccoa Falls took an early 2-0 lead after three innings of play, but Bryan responded in the bottom of the fourth frame with two runs to level the score 2-2. With two outs to start their turn at bat, Urbistondo provided momentum with a single. Urbistondo advanced to second when Astudillo reached base due to a throwing error. On the next play, Wallace connected with the pitch and wound up at second, while Urbistondo scored and Astudillo advanced to third all because of an error by the Eagles. Astudillo scored the final run of the inning for the Lions on a passed ball.
The dagger for the Eagles came in the bottom of the fifth when the Lions rallied for four runs to gain a comfortable 6-2 lead and eventually take the victory with that as a final score. Calhoun led off Bryan with a double, and scored on the next play after an RBI single from Morhardt. Later Brookes Jones is walked and advanced to second after a single by Urbistondo. Astudillo honed in on a pitch after a 1-1 count and drove in Jones and Urbistondo. Once again, Astudillo made a presence at third base and locked in the final run of the game on another passed ball, giving Bryan a 6-2 advantage over Toccoa Falls.
The Lions return from their non-conference break to an Appalachian Athletic Conference three-game series at home against the Point University Skyhawks (Ga.) on Friday and Saturday (Apr. 8-9). Friday's game is slated for 5pm, while game one on Saturday is set for 1pm.
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