NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Managing only four hits and one run on the afternoon, the bats were just about as cold as the blustery conditions for the Lipscomb baseball team on Tuesday afternoon in a 2-1 nonconference loss to Belmont at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Belmont did a good job on the mound,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “We had some opportunities to execute in the middle of the game and we really didn’t get the job done. They pitched really well but we just didn’t get the bats going but I feel like they had a lot to do with that.”
The Bruins (16-20) opened the scoring in the contest with a 2-run third. A two-out walk by Scott Moses got things going before leadoff hitter Drew Ferguson ripped a double down the left field line to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage. A defensive miscue by the Bisons (24-14) allowed Ferguson to move to third and the inning to continue.
That would be the critical point of the contest as Belmont’s Matt Beaty singled back up the middle to bring Ferguson home giving Belmont a 2-0 lead.
The Bisons would answer in the sixth inning with one run but that is as close as the Purple and Gold would come. Senior catcher Nick Rome started things off with a single into the left center gap before moving into scoring position on a walk by junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison.
A fielder’s choice by junior shortstop Grant Massey would move Rome to third as Allison was retired at second. Senior right fielder Drew Adams then drove in the lone run of the afternoon for the Bisons with a groundout for his 44th RBI of the season.
Lipscomb freshman southpaw John Pryor took the loss on the hill despite giving up only one earned run. The rookie worked six and one-thirds innings before taking a line drive to the jaw that forced him to exit the game under his own power. Pryor allowed four hits and four walks while fanning three Bruins in the loss.
Fellow freshman Jamie Young then came on and doused a potential rally by the Bruins in the seventh to preserve the one-run game. Redshirt freshman Dalton Curtis worked the eighth and ninth innings allowing a lone walk and a hit-by-pitch.
“Pryor was pretty sharp for the most part,” said Forehand. “Jamie came in and got us out of that big jam in the seventh and then Curtis came on and pitched a good eighth and ninth for us.”
Chase Cunningham picked up the win for the Bruins on a day that Belmont used six pitchers. Cunningham worked two innings allowing just one hit while fanning four Bisons.
Rome led the day at the plate for the Bisons with a 2-for-3 effort and the one run scored.
The Bisons return to Atlantic Sun Conference play on Thursday night beginning a 3-game set at Stetson in DeLand, Fla.