January 30, 2017 – Bryan College Head Baseball Coach & Athletic Director, Taylor Hasty, announced the 2017 Lions Baseball schedule, which is slated to have the first pitch thrown out on Feb. 3 at Senter Field against River States Conference opponent, University of Rio Grande (Ohio). Both teams received votes in the 2017 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, with Bryan earning 89 votes and Rio Grande picking up 7.
The Lion’s schedule consists of 54 games in all, with 32 taking place at home and 22 on the road. The Lions will be challenged by five teams currently ranked in the top-25 and three others who received votes. The ranked opponents include Tennessee Wesleyan (No. 4), Georgia Gwinnett (No. 5), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (No. 6), Missouri Baptist (No. 9), and Campbellsville (Ky.) (No. 14).
“This time of year is always filled with excitement as we get started, and this year is no different,” Hasty said. “I am proud of the way our team has prepared throughout the fall and the past few weeks. They have worked very hard, and I look forward to the challenges we have in front of us. We play some very good teams who will also have prepared at a high level, and the competition is the best part of our game.”
Along with receiving votes in the national top-25 poll, the Lions are also projected to finish 2nd in a highly competitive AAC conference. Tennessee Wesleyan, 2016’s regular-season champ, garnered 78 total voting points to claim the top spot. Bryan picked up one first-place vote and 63 voting points to land 2nd, while Point got one first-place vote and 60 points to come in third. Union (53 points) is 4th, and both Milligan (36 points) and Reinhardt (36 points) tied for 5th.
The Lions finished the 2016 season with a no. 15 ranking and a 38-18 overall record while going 18-9 in conference play. Bryan finished with an AAC-best batting average at .324, was 2nd in runs batted in per game averaging 5.96, 3rd in earned run average at 4.20, 4th in opposing batting average at .265, and 1st in fielding percentage at .962.
To view the complete baseball schedule for this season, please visit here.
Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director