The Bulldogs hosted Lee University for the first of three match ups this season on Tuesday. Tennessee Wesleyan rallied to come out ahead, 4-3.
After Brent Adheen pitched a 1-2-3 first, Lee used a single, hit-batsman, balk and groundout to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. In the third inning, a single and double put two runners in scoring position with nobody out, but Adheen retired the next three batters with only one run scoring. Tennessee Wesleyan had only one hit, a double by Wes Minton, in the first four innings and the junior shortstop produced the Bulldogs second hit, a fifth-frame home run that cut the deficit to 2-1. The Bulldogs wasted a Jake Stone double with a chance to tie the game in the sixth.
Corey Rhoney relieved Adheen with a runner at second and two outs in the seventh. A throwing error on an infield grounder allowed the run to score before Rhoney ended the inning with a grounder back to the mound. The Bulldogs got a run back in the home half of the seventh on a walk and Brad Carpenter's RBI single. Rhoney and closer Brian Bardis combined to retire Lee in the 8th by striking out the side. In the bottom of the inning, Jake Stone, David Donald and Trey Griffin drew walks to load the bases and Minton was hit by a pitch, forcing the tying run home. Josh McCray grounded into a 6-4-3 double-play with Minton scoring from third to give TWC a 4-3 lead.
The Flames did not go quietly in its final at-bat. With one out, Bardis issued a walk, but a grounder to third led to a force, thanks to a good play by Carpenter at second. An infield hit then put runners at first and third. Bardis ran the count to 3-2 on the next batter before getting a called third strike to end the game.
Brent Adheen allowed three runs on seven hits, while striking out six, walking one and hitting one batter. Corey Rhoney went 2/3 of an inning, giving up one hit, striking out one and issuing one intentional walk. Brian Bardis surrendered one hit, fanned three and walked one over 1 2/3 innings.
The Bulldogs host Indiana Tech on Saturday and Sunday with a doubleheader beginning on Saturday at 12:00 pm and a single 9-inning game on Sunday at 1:00 pm.