It was an emotional roller coaster for the Lipscomb Bisons and Campbell Fighting Camels in Friday’s doubleheader nightcap at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium.
Lipscomb freshman Tennyson Dodd helped the Bisons jump out to a 10-3 lead by hitting two homeruns and driving in seven runs. The Fighting Camels fought back with eight unanswered runs in the last two innings to take an 11-10 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. However, it was the Bisons who would have the final say as Logan Hostettler drove in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth to beat Campbell 12-11.
Dodd came into the game having hit three homeruns throughout the entire season. His first homer was a two-run bomb that was hit all the way to Granny White Pike behind the left field wall in the fourth inning. His second homerun, a three-run blast, came one inning later. For the night, Dodd went 4-for-4 from the plate and drove in seven runs. The last Bison player to drive in seven runs was Caleb Joseph at Alcorn State on March 9, 2007.
Campbell would not let the outstanding efforts of Dodd force them to quit. The Fighting Camels scored four runs in the eighth inning off of four singles and a Bison error.
The Bisons called on senior Kyle Tognazzini to come in and pitch in the ninth inning with a 10-7 lead. Campbell loaded the bases with no outs. Tognazzini struck out the next two consecutive batters. However, with two outs Zach Johnson hit a grand slam to left field giving the Fighting Camels an 11-10 lead.
Johnson’s home run was the first and only extra-base hit for the Fighting Camels who notched 16 base hits on the evening.
But the bottom half of the ninth belonged to the Bisons. Junior Ryan Wilkins roped a lead-off homer to tie the game. The next batter, senior Allen Bolden, hit a double off of the wall in right-center. The Fighting Camels intentionally walked Dodd putting runners on first and second. After two check-bunts and a foul bunt, Hostettler decided to take matters into his own hands looping a base hit into shallow center driving in the winning run.
Junior Josh Smith got the start on the mound for Lipscomb and completed four innings giving up two runs off of five hits and two errors. Smith struck out four batters.
Charles Williams pitched 3.2 innings before being lifted for Matt Bowling with two outs and runners on the corners in the top of the eighth. Bowling struck out Stephen Parsons to get the Bisons out of the jam.
Tognazzini (3-3) was credited with the win. He allowed four runs off of two hits and struck out three batters.
The Bisons improve to 21-28, 15-11 in the A-Sun while the Fighting Camels fall to 24-21, 6-16 in the A-Sun.
Lipscomb will play host to Campbell in the final game of the three game series tomorrow night at 6 p.m.
Article by Benjamin Seamon of the Lipscomb Athletic Office of Media Relations