Matthew Jagodzinsky, Sports Information Director
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The Lyon College baseball team hit past Indiana Wesleyan as the Scots’ offense exploded for 12 runs on 13 hits in a 12-2 victory against the Wildcats in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round on Tuesday afternoon. The Scots advanced in the Lawrenceville Bracket after winning the elimination game and now stand at 37-16, while Indiana Wesleyan’s season came to an end with a 37-10 record.
The Scots jumped out to a commanding, 10-0, lead after five innings in the books. Lyon put up four runs in the bottom of the first inning after an RBI single by Kyle West and a three-run double by Tanner Seibel. Lyon added two runs in the second on a two-run single by West and two more runs in the third on a sacrifice fly by Zane Pritchard and an RBI single by Easton Moore. The scoring continued for the Scots with a run each in the fourth and fifth innings. Gunner Starr drove in a run with a single in the fourth as West added another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly.
After Indiana Wesleyan scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, the Scots got the runs back in the bottom of the eighth.
Tyson Campbell earned the win on the bump as he tossed five scoreless innings of one-hit ball with eight strikeouts. Campbell improved to 13-2 on the year with the win. Campbell tied a pair of single-season records for the Lyon baseball program. His 13 wins are tied with Phillip May, who won 13 games during the 2002 season. Campbell now has 116 strikeouts this season, which is tied with Griffin Glaude, who struck out 116 batters in the 2015 season. Evan Dobler added two innings of scoreless relief.
West had a big day at the plate as he finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Andrew Sauceda, Moore, Starr and Seibel added two hits each in the game.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE SCOTS
The Scots will face No. 5-seed Point in another elimination game tonight at 6 p.m. (central time).