TWC Athletic News
Baseball - Mon, Mar. 24, 2014

The Bulldogs hosted Bryan College over the weekend for the AAC 3 game series.  The Bulldogs dropped the first two games before winning the final game on Saturday.

On Friday in the nine inning game, the Bulldogs were defeated 9-2.  Tennessee Wesleyan starter Josh Clemen put himself at risk by walking the first two batters. Four hits and two Wesleyan errors later, the Lions led, 6-0 after the first inning. Clemen would shut out Bryan over the next five innings. Tennessee Wesleyan, however, would score only two runs, those coming on a Brad Carpenter home run, a Wes Minton double and Logan Dalton single in the third frame. Bryan added three insurance runs in the eighth off reliever Tyler Wilson. Carpenter had three of Wesleyan's eight hits, including a triple and home run. Matt Malloy and Dalton had two hits each. Clemen took the loss, allowing six runs on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

On Saturday in the first game of the double header, Bryan scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings off Wesleyan starter Brent Adheen, including a home run by Tyler Latham.  Meanwhile, the Bulldogs had just three hits and trailed, 3-0, going to the bottom of the seventh.  Josh McCray led off with a walk. With one out, Cody Heifnar singled off the fence in left field, sending pinch-runner Branden Walker to third.  Shell McCain's hit delivered Walker. Logan Dalton's hit plated Heifnar and put McCain at third with the tying run. The rally ended with a strikeout and flyball, giving the Bulldogs a 2-3 loss.

McCain had two hits. Adheen was the loser, surrendering three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks over seven innings.

Alex Pridemore was tagged for two first-inning runs, but would shut out the Lions over the next four innings in the final game with the Lions.  TWC answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a walk and singles from James Boddicker and K.J. Hockaday.  The Bulldogs went up, 3-2, in the second on a Carpenter single, Wes Minton's double and a ground out.   Going into the sixth, Pridemore ran into trouble before Taylor Saucedo came on to strike out the next two batters and preserve the one-run lead.  Saucedo gave up a run in the seventh. Brandon Landrie then took the mound and retired the next three batters, leaving the game tied at three. Heifnar led off the bottom of the inning and worked the count full at 3-2 before lining the next pitch for his game-winning home run over the fence in left.  Bulldogs won 4-3.  Heifnar and Minton had two hits each in the game.  Landrie picked up the win.

The Bulldogs are now 16-14-1 overall and 7-4 in the AAC.