Keiser (Fla.) defeated Lyon College, 8-2
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – A four-run first inning by No. 3-seeded Keiser put the No. 2-seeded Lyon College baseball team in a hole early. The Scots attempted a late comeback in the bottom of the ninth, but the Seahawks held on for an 8-2 victory in the first game of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round for both teams. Keiser improved to 38-17 overall, while Lyon fell to 36-16.
The Seahawks drew back-to-back walks to start the game before a double by Carlos Lopez brought the pair home. After another walk, Ryan Gronlier singled home two more runs to give Keiser a 4-0 advantage. The Seahawks added three more runs in the fifth and one more in the ninth to take an 8-0 lead over the Scots into the bottom of the ninth.
Tanner Seibel and Tristan Buschow both got hit to start a one-out rally for the Scots as Logan Reddick followed with an RBI single to left-center field. Zane Pritchard then drew a walk to load the bases for Andrew Sauceda, as he worked a bases-loaded walk to bring home another run. The Seahawks would end the threat there as Keiser held on for an 8-2 win.
Tyler Tognarine suffered the loss on the mound for the Scots as he fell to 8-5 on the season. Tognarine allowed seven runs on seven hits over five innings of work. Marcelo Terrazas tossed two scoreless innings of relief, while Jesse Sampley added two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief.
Easton Moore, Kylan Barnett and Reddick all recorded two hits each for the Scots at the plate.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE SCOTS
The Scots will face No. 4-seed Indiana Wesleyan at 10 a.m. (central time) in an elimination game. Should the Scots win that game, they will face the loser of No. 1-seed Georgia Gwinnett and No. 5-seed Point at 6 p.m. (central time).