DELAND, Fla. – Despite a spirited ninth-inning rally, the Lipscomb baseball team came up one run short falling 3-2 to homestanding Atlantic Sun foe Stetson on Sunday afternoon in DeLand.
Lipscomb (17-23, 9-9 A-Sun) had chances against the Hatters (26-13, 9-6 A-Sun) early getting the leadoff man aboard in each of the first three innings but the Bisons failed to get on the board. Stetson on the other hand managed to plate a pair of runs in the second and added what would be the eventual game-winning run in the third.
“The one thing coming into each series is you want to stay away from is the sweep, but when you play a good team on the road it’s difficult when you haven’t gotten one of the first two games,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. We’ve got to get through it. We’re not playing bad. We’re just not getting the big hit in the big situation that we need.”
The 3-0 lead held for the Hatters until the eighth inning when junior shortstop Zach Lowery ended the Stetson’s shutout bid with a blast over the left field foul for his team-high third hit of the afternoon to make it a 3-1 game.
The ninth inning saw the Bisons push Stetson to the brink scoring a run and pushing the tying run to third but the Hatters got a fly ball to center field to end the game. Junior shortstop Aaron Sandoval got things started with a single to left before senior Shawn Mehring ripped a single back up the middle. ‘
That set the table for junior right fielder Lee Wilson, who hit a grounder to short that Stetson shortstop Mark Jones grabbed and raced across the base at second. Jones then turned to throw to first but Mehring came into the bag full throttle and Jones made a throw wide of the bag at first allowing Wilson to reach and advance all the way to third and Sandoval to score easily.
Stetson closer Robbie Powell then put the fire out to notch his 10th save of the season.
“I felt like we played that last inning on edge but I don’t know if we played the earlier innings on edge as much as we played that one. I enjoyed the fight that we had and that we got the tying run to third base.”
Will Dorsey (5-3) picked up the win for Stetson tossing six and two thirds innings. Dorsey gave up nine hits but Lipscomb could not scratch across a run against the right-hander.
Junior righty Josh Cotham (3-4) took the loss for the Bisons allowing eight hits and three earned runs in six innings of work.
The Bisons continue road play on Tuesday night against Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. at 6 p.m.