NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a seven-run sixth inning and an eight-run eighth inning, the Lipscomb baseball team downed Alabama A&M 18-5 on Thursday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“We were in a close game there in the sixth inning,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “They came back and tied it up in the fourth and then got two in the sixth that made it a tight game. I’m proud of how we came back and how the bats came alive.”
“Our pitching was a lot better and they attacked the strike zone. I’m looking forward to taking that into the weekend.”
Senior designated hitter Chad Shannon led the Bisons (2-7) at the plate with a 2-for-3 afternoon at the dish including a walk, three runs scored and one driven in. Lipscomb also got a 3-RBI effort from sophomore third baseman Austin Sistrunk, who went 2-for-5 with another pair of runs scored.
Junior shortstop Grant Massey also had a a 2-for-3 day at the dish with a pair of bunt singles and came around to score twice.
Despite not getting a hit on the afternoon, Jonathan Allison was a big part of the outburst scoring two runs and driving in three more.
Junior southpaw Jason Ziegler picked up his first win for the Purple and Gold working the sixth inning for the Bisons. Ziegler allowed one hit and fanned one. Alabama A&M’s Ryan Ahrens took the loss for the Bulldogs giving up five runs in one-third of an inning.
Freshman southpaw John Pryor had a solid outing in his first career start for the Bisons. The Minnesota native went five innings allowing four earned runs, four hits and three walks while fanning eight Bulldogs.
“John did what we wanted him to do,” said Forehand. “Eight strikeouts is pretty good but we challenged all of the pitchers to attack the strike zone and he did that. There’s going to be more to come. I’m really looking forward to what he’s going to bring. He’s only going to get better and better.”
The Bisons continue home action this weekend hosting Connecticut for a three-game set at Dugan Field. Friday's contest gets underway at 4 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.