Record: 23-23 Home: 11-8 Away: 10-12 Neutral: 2-3 AAC: 15-5
Photo by: Michael Lindsay
Photo by: Michael Lindsay
Game 1
Game 2
Hiwassee College
Softball - Sat, Apr. 15, 2017
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Dayton, Tenn.,
Hiwassee CollegePitchingBryan College
-Winner West, Sydney
Hutchins, CLoser-
Hiwassee CollegeIndv. StatsBryan College
NoneDoubles None
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs None
Final - Game 21234567RHE
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Dayton, Tenn.,
Hiwassee CollegePitchingBryan College
-Winner Petty, Courtney
Pollock, ALoser-
Hiwassee CollegeIndv. StatsBryan College
#15 Savage, CDoubles #21 Hayes, Kayla
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs None

Dayton, Tenn. – A 2-0 blanking of the Hiwassee College Tigers spearheaded by Bryan College Softball's starting pitcher, Sydney West (SO/White House, Tenn.), helped the Lions to a strong start on Senior Day, which took place on the campus of Bryan Saturday afternoon. The contest was followed by another shutout of the Tigers in the final game of the doubleheader as Courtney Petty (FR/Lebanon, Tenn.) tossed five innings, and Madison Owens (FR/Dandridge, Tenn.) closed the last two innings en route to a 3-0 victory, which marks seven straight wins for the Lions. Bryan improved their overall record to 22-18 and still control a 14-4 Appalachian Athletic Conference record, while Hiwassee dropped to 9-23 overall.

West scattered a mere four hits, tossed the only three strikeouts by either team through seven innings, and walked none to earn the win. Despite getting the loss, the Tiger's starter managed her way past six innings from the circle and surrendered only two hits and one walk for a notable performance.


It was the bottom of the fourth inning when the Lions jumped on the board for a 1-0 lead. Becca Zimmerman (SR/Naples, Fla.) led off for Bryan and reached base on a bobbled ball. Aubrie Osborne (FR/Chatsworth, Ga.) followed by laying down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Zimmerman to second. Zimmerman relieved base-running duties to the speedy Lindsey Dunn (FR/Murray County, Ga.) who advanced to scoring position at third off Heidi Smith (FR/Cookeville, Tenn.)'s single driven to left field. It was Marissa Murray (JR/Hixson, Tenn.) who tallied the RBI when she connected for a sac-fly sent to left, which provided Dunn enough time to run home.


Hiwassee left no runners on in the fifth and sixth innings, while Bryan tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. The Lions began the bottom of the sixth frame with a groundout and a fly out, but the Tigers showed fatigue with back-to-back misplayed grounders that gave way to Osborne capitalizing on the mistakes to notch the final run. West got Hiwassee to fly out twice and ground out to end the top of the seventh and seal a 2-0 win.


Olivia Gore (SR/Cookeville, Tenn.) and Smith made up Bryan's only two hits, while Murray had the lone run batted in. Osborne and Dunn scored one run apiece for the Lions.


Bryan was able to string more hits together in game two to better Hiwassee 9-5 in the hits column. Three of the Lion's connections occurred in the bottom of the first when Bryan took an early edge. Kim Borowski (SR/Apopka, Fla.) singled to right to leadoff for the Lions and was trailed by Gore who slotted a single through the hole at shortstop to shift Borowski to second base. Hannah O'Shields (SO/LaFayette, Ga.) hit a sac-bunt that set up Borowski to score at third. The pressure continued to build for the Tigers when Zimmerman was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases with just one out. Osborne stepped up to the plate, watched a ball and strike pass, and then grabbed ahold of the next pitch for a single up the middle that scored Borowski. Hiwassee escaped the inning only down one run when Bryan had back-to-back pop outs to wrap up their at-bat.


Kayla Hayes (FR/Dresden, Tenn.) was a difference maker for the Lions in game two and started to make some noise when doubling deep to right-center in the bottom of the fourth. A passed ball allowed Hayes to scoot over to scoring position at third. She showed patience and waited on the right opportunity to go home, and it came when Borowski registered an RBI single.


Hayes wasn't finished and started in the fifth inning right where she left on in the previous frame. Allison Walker (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.) produced a single to right and was sent home on another Hayes' double to extend Bryan's advantage to 3-0, which the Lions would hold onto for the duration of the game.


Petty chalked up another win this season when she allowed Hiwassee to four hits over five innings, while walking one and whiffing six. Owens had only one hit to show through the last two innings of relief work.


Borowski, Gore, and Hayes each turned in a multi-hit game with two swats apiece. Gore doubled, and Hayes ripped a pair of doubles as well as scoring one run and plating another. Borowski was the only player with a stolen base and ended with one run scored and one RBI. Osborne went 1-of-4 with an RBI, Walker was a perfect 1-of-1, and Petty aided with one hit.


Up next for the Lions is an AAC twinbill on the road against the Bears of Truett-McConnell University (Ga.) scheduled to start at 2pm on Monday, Apr. 17.




Prior to the start of Saturday's games, Bryan College took time to recognize five outstanding seniors who took the field at home for the very last time.


Below is a glimpse of the Senior Day script. Please spare a moment to read about the remarkable achievements of the 2017 senior class.


#1, Kim Borowski. She is from Apopka, FL, where she attended Apopka High School.  Kim began her playing career at Vol State Community College in Gallatin, TN where she completed her freshmen and sophomore seasons.  Following a stellar career at Vol State, Kim transferred to Bryan in the fall of 2015.  While at Bryan, Kim has compiled a 3.0 GPA and plans to graduate in May of 2018 with a degree in Exercise Health Science.  On the field Kim has been a versatile tool garnering playing time at both short stop and in centerfield.  She has maintained a .322 batting average over two seasons picking up 76 hits over her career.  Kim, your quite strength on the field will certainly be missed on this team.  Thank you for your commitment to this program and your demonstration of being a team player that is always looking to learn more and compete better.  Good luck as you finish your degree and move into your next chapter. 


#2, Olivia Gore. She is from Cookeville, TN where she attended Upperman High School.  Olivia joined the Lions Program in 2014 and is completing her fourth season at Bryan College.  Olivia plans to graduate May 6th with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  Following graduation, she plans to begin her career as a teacher and marry her best friend Dylan.  While at Bryan, Olivia has maintained a 3.4 GPA and has been recognized as a member of the Athletic Honor Roll and the AAC All-Academic Team.  While at Bryan, Olivia has been a force to be reckoned with at the plate compiling a .355 career batting average and garnering her AAC 1st Team All-Conference Honors her freshmen, sophomore, and junior years.  Olivia has also been selected twice to the AAC All-Tournament team.  Currently Olivia is also the all-times hits leader at Bryan with 217 base hits as well as the doubles leader, with 46.  Olivia, congratulations on an impressive career at Bryan.  We will certainly miss the lefty power crew led by you and Kaleigh.  It's a general consensus among our staff that you are certainly one of the best hitters we have coached. Thank you for your contribution to this program on and off the field and good luck in your future endeavors. 


#13, Kaleigh Riley (SR/Hixson, Tenn.). Kaleigh is from Hixson, TN where she attended Hixson High School.  Following high school Kaleigh attended Tennessee Temple University for two years before continuing her playing career at Bryan College for her junior and senior seasons.  Kaleigh plans to graduate in May of 2018 with a degree in Exercise Health Science with licensure.  While at Bryan, Kaleigh has maintained a 3.0 GPA. On the field, Riley wasted no time in making a statement within the Bryan Program receiving 2nd Team All-Conference Honors and being selected for the AAC All-Tournament team, both in 2016.  Kaleigh has been a constant in the Lion Outfield over the last two seasons.  Kaleigh thank you for the passion and energy that you bring to the field.  We will miss your drive on the field and the joy that you exude as you play.  Thank you for what you have given to this program and good luck as you finish with your degree and head into marriage and a career.


#16, Kaitlin Bradley (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.). Kaitlin is from Knoxville, TN where she graduated from Berean Christian High School's Independent Study Program.  Kaitlin came to Bryan as a member of the Bryan College Women's basketball program from 2013-2015.  Entering her junior season, the two-sport athlete decided to join the softball program in the fall of 2015.  Kaitlin plans to graduate with her degree in Exercise Health Science on May 6.  Following graduation, Kaitlin hopes to coach high school softball or basketball or intern with FCA. When asked about one of the highlights of her career, Kaitlin shared that one of her favorite memories at Bryan is having her dad throw out the first pitch in the 2016 Military Game and making a diving play in that same contest.  Kaitlin thank you for the constant encouragement that you provide for this team on and off the field.  You have sought to be a difference maker on this year's Lion Softball team, and that you have been.  Continue the good work as we finish out this season and good luck as you take those same traits into your next endeavor! 


#25 Rebecca Zimmerman. Becca is from Naples, FL where she attended Gulf Coast High School.  Becca has attended all four years at Bryan College where she has maintained a 3.0 GPA while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.  Becca plans to graduate in May and pursue a career in justice or to further her education in security or justice.  On the field Becca has been a rock behind the plate and in the box for the Lions receiving 1st Team AAC All-Conference honors in her freshmen, sophomore, and junior campaigns and garnering NAIA Player of the Week honors.  While at Bryan Becca has compiled a .333 average over her four years.  Becca was also award the NAIA Champions of Character award in 2015.  Becca thank you for your leadership on and off the field this year and over your career at Bryan.  I may even miss your questions next year!!  Seriously, thank you for the contributions you have made, from the hours you have spent in the bull pen to the timely RBI-producing hits.  We will no doubt miss all that you bring to Bryan Lion Softball.  Good luck in your next steps.  We look forward to seeing where they will take you.