DELAND, Fla. – If Saturday afternoon’s Atlantic Sun Conference game was a fireworks show then the contest started with the grand finale for the Lipscomb baseball team as the Bisons dropped a 9-1 decision to homestanding Stetson at Melching Field.
Bisons (24-17, 12-6 A-Sun) junior center fielder Jonathan Allison opened the contest with a blast over the 403 marker in centerfield to give the Purple and Gold the early lead. Junior shortstop Grant Massey and senior right fielder Drew Adams followed with back-to-back singles and then both moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by redshirt-junior left fielder Josh Lee.
“We jumped out to the early lead and then had a chance to execute with runners on second and third with one out but we were able to only get one run out of an inning where we should have gotten a few more,” said Forehand. “Our offense just stalled from there on.
“I really think Stetson played well this weekend. I don’t think we played well and hopefully we learned some lessons out of it.”
It would be mostly downhill from that point forward however for the Purple and Gold as Stetson (17-24, 6-9 A-Sun) starter Taylor Cockrell escaped the jam with a strikeout looking and a routine grounder and would cruise until the eighth inning.
Junior second baseman Mike Korte got things going for the Bisons in the eighth with a leadoff walk before redshirt-freshman catcher Tyler Bethune singled to put two aboard. Allison then just missed home run number two of the day with another rocket that hit off the base of the wall in the left center field gap.
That two bagger allowed Korte to score easily and saw Bethune land on third. Bethune would then come home on a Massey ground out. That would be too little, too late for the Bisons however.
Cockrell picked up the win tossing seven innings to move to 4-3 on the year. The righty gave up three earned runs, seven hits and walked only one.
Sophomore righthander Denton Norman took the loss for the Bisons surrendering eight hits, four earned runs and a pair of walks. Norman also fanned four Hatters.
Driving in two of the three runs on the afternoon, Allison led the Bisons at the plate with a 2-for-4 afternoon including the only two extra-base hits for Lipscomb.
The Bisons continue road action on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. tilt at Belmont.