Lawrenceville, Ga. – It took the No. 2 team in the country to snap the Bryan College Lions Baseball Team's 16-game win streak as the Grizzlies of Georgia Gwinnett College used a six-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to outlast the 14th ranked Lions 8-3 Wednesday evening. Bryan's last loss came nearly one month ago when they dropped one game in a four-game series with Madonna University (Mich.) on Feb. 17. Georgia Gwinnett improved to 20-8, while Bryan dropped to 21-6.
The four hits that the Lions were held to is one of the lowest totals Bryan has pieced together so far this season in a single contest. The Grizzlies were quite through the first four innings of the game with only one run to show for their hard work, but seven runs later were a result of 16 hits for Georgia Gwinnett.
Kila Zuttermeister (JR/Kailua, HI) had half of the Lion's hits, finishing 2-of-5 with one run batted in off Bryan's only extra-base hit that came as a double. Trevor Behrent (JR/Catawissa, Pa.) and Tyler Scott (FR/Calgary, Alberta) registered the Lions other hits with one apiece, and Scott led the Lions with two runs scored. Fernando Garcia (JR/Kissimmee, Fla.) scored the other run for Bryan, and Mikey Rita (JR/Kalaheo, HI) tallied the team's other RBI. Rita and Wade Weinburger (FR/James Cistern, Bahamas) were both walked twice, respectively.
Austin Parrish (JR/Ringgold, Ga) moved to 1-2 on the year as he tossed 4.1 innings and surrendered 13 hits and seven runs, while walking two and striking out five. Ryan LaFever (FR/Baxter, Tenn.) relieved for 3.2 innings and allowed three hits, gave up one run, walked two, and threw five K's.
Georgia Gwinnett was the first to get on the board when the controlled an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The leadoff batter bunted and reached base before being sent home from a double deep down the right field line.
Bryan leveled the score 1-1 in the top of the third as Scott led off with a single driven to left field. Scott's effort continued as he stole second, which set up the score when Zuttermeister delivered an RBI double to deep center to plate Scott.
The difference maker came in the bottom of the fifth frame when the Grizzlies rattled the Lions with seven singles that gave way to four runs. A pitching change was made, but Bryan was already in a hole with bases loaded. A walk allowed Georgia Gwinnett to add a free run to their count, before the Grizzly on third base sprinted home as LaFever wound up for a pitch. Georgia Gwinnett slid across home plate just prior to the tag to steal home and ending their six-run rally for a 7-1 advantage.
Bryan answered in the top of the seventh with their last runs of the outing. Garcia started things off by catching a break and reaching base on a dropped fly. CJ Owens (SR/Oakland, Calif.) and Scott weren't shaken as they both followed by being hit by a pitch to load the bases. Rita was patient at the plate and reached on a walk, which scored Garcia. Zuttermeister hit into a fielder's choice, but the play was made at home to force Owens out. Scott capitalized on a passed ball to bring the score to 7-3, before two strikeouts ended their at-bat.
The Grizzlies tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh when the leadoff batter homered on a 0-2 count to seal the game 8-3.
Bryan ends their road stretch and returns home this weekend for a meeting with fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference rival and No. 10 team in the nation, Tennessee Wesleyan University. The Lions and Bulldogs have a nine-inning duel on Friday, Mar. 17 scheduled to start at 6pm. Twin bill action will begin on Saturday at 1pm.
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