Nick Lyle pitched a complete-game shutout in Game 1, and Bryan Lopez went deep to seal Game 2 as the Trinity Baptist College Eagles swept a double-header with NCCAA rival Johnson University of Tennessee Royals.
Game 1: Eagles 8, Royals 0
Lyle went the distance in earning his third complete-game shutout of the season. His biggest stat is 13 strikeouts, including five in a row between the third and fourth innings and one more to finish his brilliant performance.
Lyle’s final line reads CG, 7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 13 K.
Jeremy Rivera (double) and Richard Ruth (single) drove in the Eagles’ first two runs in the bottom of the first. Ruth was 2 for 4 in Game 1 and 4 for 7 overall on the afternoon. Jacob Bolena (sacrifice fly) and Jon Shiver (double) drove in runs in the second, and the Eagles rallied for four more in the third, capped by T.J. Lanning‘s two-run double. Gabby Pedraza also drove in a run with a single and scored on a wild pitch in the third.
Lanning hit safely in 4 of 9 at bats and walked once in the three-game set, scoring four runs and driving in six. Pedraza was 4 for 7 with 2 R and 2 RBI in Tuesday’s double-header.
Game 2: Eagles 11, Royals 1
Lopez took a 2-1 fastball over the left-field fence for a two-run homer that capped a five-run bottom of the third and put the game out of reach.
Lopez started in center field and hit the ball hard all three times up. He was 2 for 4 in the series.
The Eagles fell behind 1-0 on an unearned run in the first. Trinity tied the score in the second when Lopez’s ground ball got past the third baseman for an error and allowed Ruth to score.
The big third inning saw RBI hits from Alexio (triple), Jeremy Rivera (single), and Kevin Rivera (single) and an RBI ground ball from Lanning before Lopez came to the plate. Trinity added four more in the fourth on RBI singles from Alexio, Kevin Rivera, and Pedraza and an error that allowed Ruth to cross. The game was stopped after five innings.
Alexio finished the day 3 for 6 with a triple, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Bolena’s line reads 3-6, 3B, RBI, 3 R.
Shiver pitched a complete game, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six.
On Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, the Eagles will host Edward Waters College with the first pitches scheduled both days at 12:00 noon EDT. Friday’s contest is a single game, and Saturday’s is a double-header. The Eagles will then travel to Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa, Georgia) for three games on March 31 (single) and April 1 (DH) before visiting Thomas University (Thomasville, Georgia) for two on April 4.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC