Press Release from Lyon College Athletics
The third-seeded Lyon College baseball team, or the “Cardiac Scots” as they were referred to by NAIA Ball on Twitter, went up against the top-seeded Patriots from the University of the Cumberlands for a chance to play in the Williamsburg Bracket Championship against Indiana Tech. The Scots looked as if they would have one more magical comeback up their sleeve as they erased an early, 9-0, deficit and pulled within a single run with eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Patriots widened the gap one more time before the Scots attempted another comeback in the bottom of the ninth, but Lyon came up just short by a score of 16-13.
The Scots ended the season at 40-22 on the year and tied the 2015 team for the deepest run in the Opening Round in program history with a 2-2 record.
Just one day ago, the Scots erased a 10-run deficit and earned an 18-12 comeback victory over Baker as Lyon faced a similar spot on Wednesday, trailing the Patriots by nine runs after 5.5 innings played. Jake Michener and Kylan Barnett reached base to open up the bottom of the sixth as the rally began for the Scots. Alan West provided the Scots with their first run of the game with a single up the middle before Troy Strack loaded the bases with a single of his own. Kyle West drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home another run for the Scots before Tristan Buschow added an RBI-single through the hole between first and second. Like Buschow, Tanner Seibel found the gap between first and second and plated another run. With the bases still packed, Ryan Clack drew another bases-loaded walk for the Scots before Michener brought home a pair of runs with a single in his second at-bat of the inning. Alan West added another RBI-single later in the inning to cut the deficit to one at 9-8.
Cumberlands responded with three runs in the top of the seventh and two more runs in each of the next two frames as the Scots tacked on a lone run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI-single by Clack.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth, Lyon faced a tall task as the Scots trailed by a score of 16-9. Like they did all tournament, the Scots did not go down without a fight. Kyle West and Buschow opened up the frame with back-to-back singles before Zane Pritchard knocked home west with an RBI-double down the right-field line. A groundout by Seibel, an error and a balk allowed three more runs to score and cut the deficit to three. That would be as close as the Scots would get as the Patriots worked out of the jam.
Tanner Johnson suffered the loss on the mound for the Scots as he allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings pitched. Johnson struck out four batters on the day.
Clack led the Scots with three hits in the game, while Michener, Alan West, Kyle West, Buschow and Pritchard all collected two hits each.