The Lipscomb Bisons had their best offensive game of the season, but their pitching and defense couldn’t deliver as the Austin Peay Governors won 16-15 in a four-hour marathon game at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn.
The Bisons 22 hits were a season high and their 15 runs were the second highest tally. Lipscomb defeated Dayton 18-2 on Feb. 19. It was the most hits for the Bisons in a nine-inning game under Coach Jeff Forehand.
Lipscomb’s pitchers were charged with 14 earned runs despite the Bisons defense committing six errors. The pitching staff combined to give up 17 hits and 10 walks while committing three balks and hitting two batters.
Austin Peay scored in each of the first five innings to taking an 11-7 lead.
In the seventh inning, senior Richie Goodenow hammered a grand slam over the right-center fence to tie the game. Josh Chism singled and then was able to score on a wild pitch two batters later to give Lipscomb the 12-11 lead, it’s first since a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
Austin Peay posted four more runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 15-11 advantage.
In the ninth the Bisons rallied to tie the game with RBI singles by Chism and Lee Wilson.
Chad Fromm allowed three walks to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth. Cody Hudson singled through the right side with one out to drive in the winning run for the Governors.
Fromm (1-2) took the loss for Lipscomb (14-24). Chuck Edlin (2-0) received the win for Austin Peay (18-18).
The Bisons travel to Macon, Ga., tomorrow as they open a three-game series with Mercer Thursday at 6 p.m. Left-hander Blake Fonfara (2-1, 3.56 ERA) will get the start for the Bisons.