The Bryan Lions’ baseball and golf teams earned impressive honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Appalachian Athletic Conference. In addition, the baseball team defeated the #2 NAIA-ranked team.
Kemonte Keesee Named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week
Bryan’s Kemonte Keesee (photo on right) was named the NAIA Pitcher of the Week. In addition, he was named the AAC Pitcher of the Week Monday, which placed him in the running for the national pitcher of the week.
The NAIA announced April 10 that they selected him for his performance against the #15 team in the nation as he threw a complete game one-hit shutout, to improve to 5-1 on the season. Keesee struck out five batters and only walked three as he faced only twenty-four batters in seven innings of work. He was the first pitcher to shut them out this season, and the only pitcher to hold them to just one hit in a game.
Lions Take Down the #2 Ranked Team in the Nation
The Bryan baseball team traveled across the river to Cleveland, Tenn., Tuesday to take on the Lee University Flames. The new NAIA coaches’ poll was released just an hour before the start of the game and found the Flames ranked #2 in the nation and the Lions receiving votes to be ranked. Just one week earlier, Bryan swept the then-ranked #15 team in the nation. Tuesday night the Lions topped that sweep by defeating the #2 team 9-8. Also, the win set a single-season wins record for the baseball program as the Lions improved to 32-23 on the season.
Bryan Head Coach Taylor Hasty commented, “The team really played well throughout a great baseball game. Lee University is a great team with a lot of tradition and we always know we will have to be at our best when we play them. The guys played well and it is a good feeling for our program to come out on top.” Read more »
Audrey Nelson Named AAC Women’s Golfer of the Week and Wins AAC Spring Regular Season Tournament
Bryan’s Audrey Nelson was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week for her performances on the links for the week of April 1-7. Nelson was the Reinhardt University Invitational medalist with an overall score of 163. She finished round one in first place with an 82, and then improved her score for a round two best 81.
Her success last week was followed up with another when the women’s golf team hosted the AAC Spring Regular-Season Championship at the Dayton City Country Club on Monday and Tuesday. The Lady Lions shot a 381 on day one and a 373 on day two to finish in fifth place. Nelson won the tournament as she was the only golfer to shoot two rounds in the 70s–79 in round one and 78 in round two, for a team record of 157.