NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team got three perfect innings to start the game from junior southpaw Nick Andros but it would be downhill from there in a 4-0 nonconference loss to UT-Martin on Tuesday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Our offense was stagnant tonight and if you don’t score you’re not going to win the game,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “We allowed UT-Martin to dictate the game and they out-performed us and they deserved to win.”
Andros was stellar in his second career start for the Bisons (27-21) stymieing all nine batters he faced before Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand went to the bullpen to start the fourth as part of a staff day.
“Nick did a good job for us,” Forehand said. “He started it off and threw three great innings without allowing a base runner. If we can continue to get starting pitching like that we will be in good shape, but we just have to get our offense going again.”
The Skyhawks (8-36) would string together a trio of hits in the top of the fifth to open the scoring off Lipscomb junior reliever Tyson Ashcraft. UT-Martin then plated single runs in the seventh and eighth innings taking advantage of a leadoff hit-by-pitch and a leadoff double to score the insurance tallies.
Ashcraft took the loss on the hill for the Bisons surrendering five hits and two earned runs in two innings of action. The junior also fanned a pair of Skyhawks as his record moved to 1-3 on the season.
Alex Boshers was solid on the hill for UT-Martin to improve to 1-2 on the season. Boshers went seven innings scattering six hits and did not allow a free pass.
Junior leadoff man Jonathan Allison and senior right fielder Drew Adams led the way offensively for Lipscomb as each went 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of singles each. The Bisons failed to draw a single walk for only the second time on the season.
“We have to have some success at the plate and get our offense started again,” Forehand said. “We have not played offense the last few games and it’s unfortunate it has all come in a row, but we have to figure it out for this weekend.”
The Bisons hit the road this weekend for a key 3-game set at Atlantic Sun Conference foe North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.