CBC, WWU, Lyon Win to Advance to Day Three of AMC Baseball Championship
Baseball - Fri, May 5, 2017
ST. LOUIS - With the rain moving out of the forecast, the American Midwest Conference Baseball Championship hit full stride on Friday, playing three games to whittle the field down to six teams as the tournament enters its second half of play. The Central Baptist College Mustangs, William Woods University Owls, and Lyon College Scots all won in their second games of the Championship, advancing to Friday's play.
Game 6 - Central Baptist (30-23) def. Columbia College (34-17) 7-3 - Columbia Eliminated
Courtesy Columbia College Sports Information
Henderson, Tenn. – The Columbia College baseball team was back in action on Friday afternoon when they took on Central Baptist (Ark.) College in the AMC Baseball Championships at Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University. The Cougars, who were defeated in their last game by a final score of 16-13, were defeated by the Mustangs by a final score of 7-3. With the loss, Columbia College has been eliminated from the AMC Baseball Championships and drop to 34-17 on the season.
Both sides came out in the first few innings of the game and had a tough time getting anything going at the plate. However, the Mustangs were able to break onto the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning when they brought a runner around to score to take a 1-0 lead. The Cougars responded quickly to the Mustangs run in the bottom of the fifth inning and were able to score two runs in their half of the frame when Ward Mershon and Blade McKee came around to score to give Columbia a 2-1 lead heading into the sixth.
Following the Cougars two run inning in the fifth, the Mustangs bounced back and rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth to give Central Baptist a 5-2 lead. They were able to extend the lead to 6-2 in the top of the eighth but a run from the Cougars in the bottom of the eighth cut the Mustangs lead to 6-3 heading into the final inning. Central Baptist added one more run in the top of the ninth and were able to close out the Cougars in their final at bats to advance in the double elimination tournament.
Jeremy Rettig (7-3) was the starting pitcher in this game as he struck out five batters while allowing eight hits and five earned runs in 5.2 innings on the mound. J.W. McGraw (3-3) came into relive Rettig in the sixth inning and struck out two batters while allowing three hits in 2.1 scoreless innings. Follow McGraw, Craig Smith (4-3) came in to pitch the final inning of the game and struck out one batter while allowing one hit and one earned run in one inning on the mound. Offensively, the Cougars were led by Jordan Wright who went 2-4 with an RBI and Kenny Piper who went 1-3 with a run scored.
Game 7 - William Woods (27-28) def. Freed-Hardeman (31-22) 8-7
Courtesy William Woods University Sports Information
HENDERSON, Tenn. – With the William Woods University baseball team down 7-5 going to the Owls final outs, junior Nolan Aherin came up with two runners on hit a three-run home run giving the Owls an 8-7 lead. The Owls closed out the game with an 8-7 victory over Freed-Hardeman University and advanced in the winner bracket of the AMC Championship.
William Woods returns to action, May 6th when they play the winner of the third seed, Lyon College and seventh seed Lindenwood-Belleville contest tomorrow at 4 p.m. Game Flow After a scoreless top of the first inning, the Owls started the scoring in the top of the second inning. On the first pitch of the inning, Tyler Cunningham hit a homerun to right field putting the Owls ahead 1-0. The Owls lead did not last long as Collin McPherson tripled and Wes Brooks hit a two-run homerun to left field putting the Lions on top 2-1.
Freed-Hardeman grew its lead in the bottom of the third inning. With a runner on third base, Chase Young hit a sacrifice fly to deep right-center growing its lead to 3-1.
William Woods came back to tie the game in the top of the fifth inning. Jansen Smith walked to start the inning off. After a fly out, Neal Aherin tripled to right-center, scoring Smith, cutting the Lions lead down to one, 3-2. Neal Aherin came into score when Josh Nicol struck out and the catcher had to throw him out at first.
The game did not stay tied long as the Lions came back and took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Houston Looser put Freed-Hardeman ahead, 4-3, after hitting a solo home run to center field. Freed-Hardeman grew the lead to 5-3, in the sixth inning when Collin McPherson hit a sacrifice fly to left field. The lead grew to 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Looser hit a sacrifice fly and Bryce Lester followed with a solo home run to right field.
WWU's offense came to life starting in the top of the eighth inning. With runners on first and second, Ryan Phillips singled down the left field line, scoring one, putting the Owls down, 7-4. The Owls offense continued to add runs as Jansen Smith drew a bases loaded walk to score another putting the Owls down, 7-5. WWU still had the bases loaded but the next two hitters were retired ending the threat.
The Owls bats continued to stay hot in the top of the ninth inning. Matt Priest, who was pitch hitting, singled to center field and Tyler Bracht reached on a walk putting two runners on bring the top of the order up. On his first pitch of his at-bat Nolan Aherin drove a ball over the right field fence for a three-run homerun putting the Owls ahead, 8-7. The Owls took the one run lead, 8-7, to the bottom of the ninth.
After Dalton Christian pitched a scoreless eighth inning, Christian came back out for the ninth. Christian hit Wes Brooks with a pitch putting one on. He was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a walk put two runners on base, Parks Flowers, who was running for Brooks, was thrown out trying to steal third. Christian than struck out Houston Looser to end the inning. The Owls came away with an 8-7 victory.
By the Numbers 8 – WWU scored eight runs against Freed-Hardeman 3 – William Woods scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to win the game 7 – The Owls collected seven hits in the contest 3 – Nolan Aherin collected three RBIs in the contest 2 – Tyler Cunningham led the Owls with two hits 7 – WWU drew seven walks in the contest 9 – William Woods pitching staff struck out nine in the contest 0 – Dalton Christian came in relief and through two innings of no hit ball
Game 8 - Lyon (32-22) def. Lindenwood-Belleville (30-24) 15-14
Courtesy Lyon College Sports Information
HENDERSON, Tenn. – Kylan Barnett (FR/West Palm Beach, Fla.) gave the third-seeded Lyon College baseball team a 15-14 win in a slugfest over No. 7 seed Lindenwood-Belleville in the American Midwest Conference Tournament second round Friday night at Carnes Field. Lyon trailed 8-1 at one point before scoring 11 unanswered runs to take a 12-8 lead. After the Lynx tied it in the ninth, the Scots kept their poise and walked off to come away with their second straight win in the tournament.
Kyle West (SO/Lewisville, Texas) and Jordan Braswell (JR/Kennedale, Texas) (pictured below left) each hit home runs, with Braswell knocking in a team high five runs.
Lyon is now 32-22 overall, while Lindenwood-Belleville falls to 30-24 overall on the season. The Scots advance to semifinal round to play No. 5 seed William Woods. The Lynx fall into the losers' bracket and will face No. 1 seed Missouri Baptist.
ON THE MOUND Lyon: Trenton Coles (SR/Cave City, Ark.) (WP – 5-2) – 2.0 IN, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K Lindenwood-Belleville: Jonathan Steiner (LP – 4-2) – 4.0 IN, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
GAME FLOW Lyon scored the first run of the game when Floyd singled in Andrew Sauceda (JR/Las Cruces, N.M.) to give the team a 1-0 lead. Lindenwood-Belleville would then score eight straight runs to take a big lead, but the Scots made a comeback – scoring 11 straight runs to take a 12-8 lead.
Both teams would chip away as the Lynx added four runs, while the Scots added one run in the seventh. Lyon led 13-10 after seven innings. The Lynx would tie it in the ninth at 14, but the Scots would walk off in the end. Barnett hit the game-winning single to score Dalton Ernest (FR/Pittsburg, Texas) with men on first and third base to advance to the next round.
The AMC Championship will resume on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. when the Central Baptist Mustangs battle the Freed-Hardeman Lions. The Missouri Baptist University Spartans (36-13) will square off with the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx at 1 p.m., and the winners of those two games will take the field again in the nightcap at 7 p.m. The 4 p.m. game will send either Lyon or William Woods to the Championship game, and the winner of that game will also secure a bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. For complete coverage of the AMC Championship, visit the Championship home page here.