NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a 9-run fifth inning and solid pitching, the Lipscomb baseball team downed Tennessee Tech 12-1 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium on Tuesday afternoon in Nashville.
After taking a 2-1 advantage in the contest on a home run by senior centerfielder Zach Lowery in the fourth, the Bisons (3-1) erupted in the fifth driving home nine runs on six hits in the frame.
Senior shortstop Aaron Sandoval ledoff the frame with a single to center before junior catcher Nick Rome took a fastball off his left elbow to put two aboard for Lipscomb and end Tennessee Tech (2-2) starter Nick Price’s (0-1) day on the mound.
Price’s successor, Zane Morton, would not fare any better as the submariner promptly walked senior right fielder Lee Wilson before freshman second baseman Austin Sistrunk picked up the easy RBI with a free pass ending the day for Tennessee Tech starter Nick Price.
Garrett Baugh would then take the hill for the Golden Eagles and was rudely greeted by Lowery with a single through the right side that scored Rome and made it a 4-1 lead for the Bisons. Sophomore first baseman Griffin Moore and sophomore designated hitter Noah Chandler then each drove in a run before junior left fielder Chad Shannon cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double down the left field line.
Sandoval then ripped a double to keep the rally going bringing Shannon across the dish. Wilson followed with a rip to centerfield that got to the wall and the speedy leadoff man landed on third easily with a triple. That set the table for Sistrunk, who notched a 10-pitch at bat ending with a single to right that scored Wilson and made it a 12-1 lead for Lipscomb.
That would be plenty of offense for the Bisons pitching staff as junior Jacob Knott (1-0) went a strong six innings scattering five hits and giving up the one earned run. The righty fanned five and walked three in his debut for Lipscomb. Sophomore reliever J Hwang took over in the seventh and went the rest of the way to notch his first save for LU. Hwang allowed one hit and one walk to the Golden Eagles.
“This was Jacob’s first opportunity after his redshirt year coming in from junior college and it was an awesome first outing for him,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “He did everything we asked him to do. And then for J to get out there and give us three quality innings is really exciting as well.
“I’m real excited about what the pitching staff did tonight. I’m proud of them.”
The Bisons continue home action this weekend hosting Bradley and Ball State as part of the 2013 “Mule Mix Classic”. The first game for Lipscomb in the event is against Bradley at 4 p.m. on Friday at Dugan Field.