|March 10, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Tanner Bailey (1-0)||2.2||1||0||0||1||3|
|Loss: BROTHERS (2-1)||1.2||4||1||1||0||0|
|Tanner Mathis (OM)||5||2||3||0||0||0|
|Austin Anderson (OM)||4||2||3||1||0||0|
|Andrew Mistone (OM)||4||0||3||2||0||0|
OXFORD, Miss. – For six and one-half innings on Sunday afternoon it looked like the Lipscomb baseball team would escape from Oxford, Miss. without being swept by No. 7 Ole Miss, but a late rally by the home team propelled the Rebels to a 9-8 lead at Swayze Field.
“The bats were going really good,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “We scored early and got ourselves in a position to close it out in three innings. We had our best guys in the bullpen today ready to go and we just didn’t close it out.”
Having scored first in only five games so far this season, the Bisons (6-10) came out against the Rebels (16-1) strong with a 4-run top of the first against Ole Miss starter Sam Smith. Senior catcher Taylor Stewart got things started with a one-out Texas leaguer to right field before sophomore first baseman Grffin Moore singled to right giving LU two aboard.
Lipscomb then loaded the bases behind a bloop single over the mound by senior shortstop Aaron Sandoval. That set things up for senior centerfielder Zach Lowery, who hit a ball deep to center that allowed Lowery to score easily from third and Moore and Sandoval to each move up 90 feet as well. Sophomore second baseman Noah Chandler kept the rally going by fighting off a handful of pitches before delivering a single up the middle that plated both Moore and Sandoval.
The throw to the plate trying to get Sandoval allowed Chandler to reach second. That would prove big in the next at bat as freshman third baseman Austin Sistrunk hit one back up the box to give the Bisons an early 4-0 lead.
The Rebels quickly countered in the bottom of the first with a two-run frame but the Bisons bats kept going in the top of the second when junior left fielder Chad Shannon launched his first home run in a Purple and Gold uniform just before Stewart kept his hot hitting up with a solo blast to left field to make it a 6-2 contest.
Ole Miss answered with single runs in the third and fourth innings before Lowery curved a line drive just inside the left field foul pole ending the day for Rebel starter Sam Smith as Lipscomb took a 7-4 advantage.
Lipscomb pushed the lead to a four-run cushion in the sixth when Shannon went deep for the second time with a blast over the left field wall.
The four runs would not be enough however as the Rebels bats awoke in the seventh inning for a five-run frame ending a solid start by sophomore Will Blalock. The righty left with the lead intact but the Bisons bullpen could not get out of the jam to preserve a win for Blalock.
“Will pitched another great game and left us in a position to win. Our guys will do it next time. Today just wasn’t their day. It’s hard to take when you control the game the whole time but we were in a good position. We just have to finish it out.”
Junior righty Hunter Brothers took the loss in relief giving up one earned run in the final one and two-thirds innings pitched.
Lipscomb wraps up the five-game road swing on Tuesday at UT-Martin