ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Truett McConnell kept its season alive with a 3-1 win over Cumberlands (Ky.) in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round - Montgomery Bracket on Tuesday, while Bryan saw its run come to end in the Bartlettsville Bracket.
Truett McConnell extended its season one more day with a 3-1 win over Cumberlands in the Montgomery Bracket of the 2017 NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round. TMU is now 2-1 in Montgomery Bracket action this week.
The Bears fell behind early in the fourth inning as the Patriots' Bryan Benz hit a line drive over the center field wall to take a 1-0 lead.
TMU answered in the fifth on a Calob Rowland two-run bomb down the right field line. The Bears scored the final run of the game in the seventh inning on a double steal by Chris Carden and Evan Bensch.
Rowland got the start and went four innings, giving up the lone run while striking out three. Caleb Jameson came in in relief to earn the win with two innings of shutout baseball, while Carden earned the three-inning save, pitching a perfect final three innings and striking out four. With the final out of the game, Carden broke the single season record for innings pitched with 99.2.
The Bears will take on third-seeded Huntington University (Ind.) tomorrow at 1:30 CST with the winner going on to face top-seeded Faulkner in the championship round later that day.
Bryan fought off elimination in Tuesday's opening game with a 12-2 win over St. Ambrose (Iowa), but it saw the season end following a 20-10 loss to Midland (Neb.) in the nightcap.
Against Midland, Bryan used a pair of three-run rallies in the sixth and seventh innings to open up an 11-1 cushion en route to the 10-run victory. Fernando Garcia went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, three runs scored and two home runs. Justin Morhardt also belted two home runs in going 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Trevor Behrent also went deep in collecting two hits and two RBIs.
Midland built a 13-0 lead before Bryan finally scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Midland led by as much as 20-2, but Bryan scored the game's final eight runs. Hudson Clare belted a grand slam and finished with four RBIs, while Wade Weinburger went 4-for-6 with a home run and four RBIs.
The Lions end the year 38-20 overall.