NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Propelled by a 12-run eighth inning, the Lipscomb baseball team downed Connecticut 14-1 on Sunday afternoon to take the rubber game of the series at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Our bats came alive in the eighth and we hit the ball on the nose that whole inning,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “It was exciting to watch us pull away. We controlled the game all the way from the start with Denton (Norman) and a solid performance on the mound from him.”
The offensive attack was led by junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison, who was 4-for-4 at the plate including a double and a triple. Allison also drove in four runs and drew a walk as well.
“Jonathan didn’t have a good day yesterday and you could tell he was frustrated,” said Forehand. “For him to come out today and start the game off with a big hit was exciting to see after a tough day yesterday. “
Senior right fielder Drew Adams and junior designated hitter Tyson Ashcraft each added three hits on the afternoon. The duo each with 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair driven in. Redshirt sophomore first baseman Adam Lee also had a big impact with a 3-RBI game.
Lipscomb sophomore starter Denton Norman kept the Huskies at bay for six innings allowing four hits and a trio of walks while fanning five. The effort secured his first win of the season as he improves to 1-1. Brian Ward took the loss for UConn surrendering three earned runs, 11 hits and a walk. The southpaw also fanned seven Bisons.
Redshirt senior Jacob Knott picked up the rare three-inning save working the final trio of frames. The veteran struck out two allowing a solo home run in the ninth.
“I see us getting better,” said Forehand. “That’s what we’ve talked about all of these first few games is about getting better every game and playing to our plan. Denton did a great job of executing the pitching plan. We caught the ball on defense and the bats came alive. That’s the plan every game and we just try to play to that.”
In the only nonconference game out of the state of Tennessee, the Bisons hit the road on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. contest at Western Kentucky.