In the first inning at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium Diego Martinez walked with one out. Richie Goodenow singled to center field. Both Martinez and Goodenow advanced on a passed ball setting the stage for Josh Chism’s two-RBI single to up the middle.
“I thought it was going to be an offensive day and they shut us out the rest of the way,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “It is funny how this game goes sometimes. We were really hitting the ball well in Jacksonville and I thought we were trying to get back going with that in the first.”
The Bisons only had three hits in the game with Kyle Henry adding a single in the fifth. Middle Tennessee State was held to five. Middle Tennessee State scored its only run in the fifth inning.
It was the third win in a row for the Bisons who are 10-15 overall. Middle Tennessee State, from the Sunbelt Conference, is 5-17. “Any time you win a game it gives you momentum,” Forehand said. “We are going to take Wednesday off and come back Thursday and get ready for the weekend.”
The last time the Bisons won a game with scoring two or fewer runs was on March 7, 2009 at Mercer.
Left-hander Chris Nunn evened his record at 2-2 with the win. He pitched 5.2 innings and allowed four hits. The run he gave up was unearned. He walked two and struck out three.
“Nunn gave us five good innings and I am satisfied with that,” Forehand said. “Nunn has all of the potential in the world. Every time he seems to get deeper into a game and throws more strikes.
“We have to keep pushing him. He has weekend stuff. He just has to get mentally prepared every game. We are excited about him.”
Gil Rehwinkel, Benjamin Johnson, Josh Cotham and Chad Fromm all threw out of the bullpen.
Fromm entered the game in the ninth inning after Cotham appeared to have an arm problem. Fromm pitched the rest of the way. He did not give up a hit and struck out one for his first save of the season.
“Fromm didn’t have the best weekend in Jacksonville,” Forehand said. “He is one of our best guys in the bullpen. We put him in twice in Jacksonville. His arm seemed slow. His body seemed slow. But you have to have a short memory and get it done.”
Cotham was pitching a solid game when Fromm was called to the mound. It was unexpected, but relievers have to be ready for the unexpected.
“Josh picked me up this weekend, so it felt nice to give it back to him,” Fromm said. “I told all of the guys I was fired up because I really needed this one.
“I felt like I needed it mentally. Cotham was pitching great and he has been doing a great job the past two or three weeks. It was a little unexpected that I got to pitch, but when you are in the bullpen you have to expect to go into the game. If you don’t you will have a mental lapse and I have been in that situation too many times.”
The Bisons are home this weekend for a three-game A-Sun series with North Florida. Game time Friday is at 6. Saturday’s game starts at 2 and Sunday’s game begins at 1.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.