KENNESAW, Ga. – Behind seven and two-thirds innings of one-run baseball from sophomore starter Denton Norman, the Lipscomb baseball team finished off a 3-game Atlantic Sun Conference sweep of homestanding Kennesaw State 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Stillwell Stadium.
“For Denton to come out today and give us 7-plus innings of 1-run baseball is as much as you can ask for,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “It was a great performance from him today. You don’t see many 2-1 games in college baseball now. He set the stage for us and any time we get that kind of starting pitching we’re going to be in a position to win.”
Norman pitched a gem for the Bisons (16-9, 5-1 A-Sun) allowing one earned run, four hits and three walks to collect his third win of the season.
“I felt good and got my legs under me early,” said Norman. “I got the 1-2-3 in the first inning and got it started off right. I had all of my pitches working in the bullpen and came in the game and got on the mound and they were working there too.”
Junior southpaw reliever Jason Ziegler was also lights out for the Purple and Gold coming on in relief of Norman with two away in the eighth. Ziegler sent all four Owls (12-15, 1-5 A-Sun) he faced back to the dugout.
After the two teams raced through the first three innings, a leadoff walk by sophomore third baseman Austin Sistrunk would lead to the game’s first run in the top of the fourth. A single by redshirt-junior left fielder Josh Lee gave the Bisons two aboard before his brother Adam placed a good bunt down that Owl starting pitcher Jordan Hillyer fielded initially but tossed into foul territory.
Hillyer’s throw would allow Sistrunk to score all the way from second and give the Bisons a 1-0 lead early.
That slim cushion would hold until the seventh when again a free pass would lead to a run. A walk and a hit-by-pitch put KSU’s Brennan McGowan in scoring position and pinch hitter Colin Bennett came through for Kennesaw State with a single to centerfield to tie the game.
Another leadoff walk and a Kennesaw State miscue would lead to the Bisons second run of the game as Josh Lee opened the stanza by drawing a free pass. Adam Lee then moved Josh up 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt before junior second baseman Mike Korte walked to put two aboard for the Purple and Gold.
That set the table for redshirt-freshman catcher Tyler Bethune, who hit a routine grounder to second base. KSU’s Dylan Ivey could not corral the ball however and Josh Lee raced across the dish to give Lipscomb a 2-1 lead and the game-winning run
“To win games on the road is hard enough but a sweep is even tougher,” said Forehand. “I know the team is proud of it. The coaching staff is proud of them. We’ll enjoy this one for a while and get back to work on Monday.”
The A-Sun road sweep is just the third away from Dugan Field in school history.
The Bisons continue road action on Tuesday night with a 6 p.m. contest at Middle Tennessee