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.