In the end Kennesaw State was still standing, holding on for an 11-7 win Friday night here at Stillwell Stadium. It was the first Atlantic Sun game of the season for the Bisons who continue the three-game series through Sunday.
Kennesaw State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third. The Bisons answered with a run in the fourth.
The big inning for Kennesaw State was the fourth when the Owls scored six runs on six hits including a three-run home run by Andy Criscraden who finished with three hits and a game high five runs batted in.
“We punched back every inning,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand. “A six-run inning is going to be atypical for us to give up on Friday. They did it with all hits. It wasn’t like we were making mistakes.
“It was a good game. It was 12 hits to 12 hits. I’m proud of how we punched back. We have to stop the big innings whether it is six runs or three runs.”
The Bisons scored two runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 8-3. Kennesaw State tacked on three more runs in the seventh.
In the top of the eighth Ricky Coleman slammed a three-run homer. Lee Wilson had opened the inning with a triple to left. The Bisons added another run in the ninth as Josh Chism, who led the team with three hits drove a singled up the middle with two outs.
The Bisons fell to 7-11 overall, 0-1 in the conference. Kennesaw State is 12-8 overall, 5-2 in the A-Sun.
Lipscomb left-hander Richie Goodenow is winless in four starts this season. He allowed 10 hits and eight runs, all earned. He struck out six and walked two.
“Richie is not going to let a fourth inning like that happen much,” Forehand said. “We look at our season and if you told me we would not have won a game on Friday it would be difficult for me to believe.
“Richie gives us a chance. We left him with the confidence that he could stop the inning. We will wash this one away and send him back out there.”
Right-hander Mike Grace came on in relief and gave up one hit and three runs. He walked two and struck out two. Left-hander Alex Ross closed out the game. In 1.2 innings he gave up one hit, struck out one and walked one.
Saturday right-hander Connor Sinclair (1-2, 1.85) will start for the Bisons against Bryan Blough (0-1, 5.50) at 1. Sunday at noon right-hander Dannie Strable (2-2, 3.86) will get the call for the Bisons against left-hander Zac Griffith (3-1, 5.57).
“It’s a long season,” Forehand said. “Sure, you want to win the first one, but we have 29 more.”
Written by Mark McGee,Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.