NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mounting a late comeback attempt that was too little, too late, the Lipscomb baseball team fell 11-4 to Northwestern on Sunday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“It just didn’t feel like we had any tempo in the game,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “Our mind frame wasn’t as tight as it should be for whatever reason. We got off to a rough start with Will giving up two runs in the first but we pulled it back together.”
The Wildcats (4-2) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as the visitors plated a pair of runs in the first off sophomore reliever Will Blalock. Northwestern then made the Bisons (4-4) pay for a leadoff walk in the third as leadoff man Trevor Stevens came around to score to make it a 3-0 game.
On the other side, Northwestern starter Luke Farrell stymied the Lipscomb offense notching 12 strikeouts in his six innings of work allowing only three hits en route to the win.
“I have to give credit to Farrell,” said Forehand. “ He was really sharp today and when he had to make big pitches he did. We’ve got to be better but I have to tip my cap to him, he pitched really well. “
Northwestern got the offense going again in the seventh inning plating five runs behind two hits a Bison error and a pair of walks off of Lipscomb reliever J. Hwang, who came on for Blalock at the start of the inning. The Wildcats then tacked on three runs in the eighth to make it an 11-0 lead.
The Bisons finally got on the board in the eighth inning when senior centerfielder Zach Lowery earned a two-out walk and swiped second. Senior catcher Taylor Stewart followed with a base-on-balls of his own before fellow senior Gray Hutchinson singled to right bringing Lowery home and ending the Wildcats shutout bid.
Lipscomb kept the offense going in the ninth as senior shortstop Aaron Sandoval singled to lead off the frame before fellow classmate Jonathan Craycraft walked to put two runners aboard. Sophomore first baseman Griffin Moore then loaded the bases with his 11th free pass of the season.
That set the table for Lowery, who ripped a double down the left field line clearing the bases to make it an 11-4 final.
“Zach had a really good at bat in the ninth after some tough at bats for most of the weekend,” said Forehand. “It was good to see him drive some runs in with a big double. “
Blalock took the loss on the hill giving up three runs, six hits and six walks. The righty also fanned five Wildcats in six innings of work.
The Bisons continue home action on Tuesday afternoon hosting Alabama A&M at 4 p.m. at Dugan Field.