NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team made it three-straight games with 10 or more runs on Friday afternoon with a 13-6 win over Oakland at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Giving up one in the first was a tough way to start,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “Typically that doesn’t happen with Ian (Martinez-McGraw) throwing strikes. They got to him a little bit but we were able to bounce back and get nine in the first four innings for a pretty good start.”
Senior right fielder Drew Adams led the offensive onslaught with a 5-RBI game behind a home run and a bases-clearing triple. Adams’ five runs driven in were the most by a Bison since the 2011 season when M.L. Williams notched five RBIs against Alabama A&M.
Junior left fielder Josh Lee also drove in a trio of Bisons (6-8) with a 2-of-3 afternoon that included a rocket shot that would have reached Granny White Pike were it not for the batting cage shed roof that the ball bounced off of.
Freshman third baseman Hunter Hanks also had a big day at the dish with a 3-for-5 afternoon including a pair of runs scored and his first collegiate triple. The top of the lineup spent the afternoon crossing home plate repeatedly as leadoff hitter Jonathan Allison and two-hole hitter Grant Massey both went 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored apiece.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Bisons responded with four in the bottom of the frame and two in the second to take a 6-1 lead. That margin would quickly evaporate in the top of the third however as the Golden Grizzlies (4-5) responded with a five-run stanza to tie the game up 6-6.
The Bisons answered right back in the bottom of the frame as junior second baseman Mike Korte singled back up the middle scoring both Hanks and Lee as Lipscomb took an 8-6 advantage. The Purple and Gold then added one in the fourth and sixth innings and a trio of insurance tallies in the seventh to secure the win.
Junior starter Ian Martinez-McGraw picked up the win on the hill for the Bisons going six innings. The righty allowed six hits and five earned runs while walking four and fanning six.
Relievers Jason Ziegler and Dalton Curtis then came on to shut down the Golden Grizzlies. Ziegler worked a perfect seventh and eighth innings before handing the ball over to Curtis to start the ninth. Both pitchers struck out two with Curtis allowing a walk as the only base runner in the final two frames.
“Ian struggled a little bit to get us through six,” said Forehand. “But the bullpen came in and was just sharp. Hopefully we can continue to get that. Ziegler’s been sharp all year long and we tried to get Curtis going and that was a great inning by him too.”
The two teams continue the series on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at Noon at Dugan Field. Redshirt junior Hunter Brothers and junior southpaw Nick Andros will get the starting nod for the Bisons while veterans Tim Koons and Jake Paulson are schedule to throw for Oakland.