NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite getting an early lead, the Lipscomb baseball team watched a ninth-inning solo home run sail over the left field fence giving San Diego a 3-2 comeback win on Tuesday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in Nashville.
Lipscomb (4-10) led San Diego (11-3) for the first seven innings of the contest thanks to a first-inning two-run bomb by senior left fielder M.L. Williams. The veteran got Lipscomb out to the 2-0 lead driving a 2-0 pitch over the fence that plated senior right fielder Lee Wilson, who led off the bottom of the first with an infield bunt single.
“M.L.’s home run was a great lift for us coming off a game last night where we fought back and had a chance in the end,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “To get us off to that start is really important. That was a big swing in the first inning to give us a lift. I feel like he’s really coming on with the bat.”
The Toreros first cut into the lead in the third inning when San Diego made freshman starter Will Blalock pay for a leadoff walk to make it a 2-1 game. That score held until the eighth inning when again an leadoff walk would come in to score after junior reliever Chris Nunn had worked a solid two and one-third innings in relief of Blalock.
That set the stage for the ninth inning with the score tied at two. After getting the first out of the frame, senior southpaw reliever Gil Rehwinkel (2-2) gave up a pinch hit home run to Austin Green that sealed the win for the Toreros.
“Their pitchers are really good,” said Forehand. “We jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then put up eight zeros. I think their pitchers had a lot to do with that. They’ve got some good arms out there.
“From our standpoint, I feel like Blalock competed and gave us a chance. Nunn came in and did a great job. Gil makes one bad pitch and the guy hit it. You have to give him credit for doing that.”
James Pazos (3-1) picked up the win for San Diego working a flawless final two innings including four strikeouts.
“It’s disappointing for our team,” said Forehand. “We play well and then we don’t have anything to show for it. We’ve got to be able to keep our heads up and push on to the next game.”
The Bison continue home action this weekend taking on Siena for a three-game set beginning with Saturday’s doubleheader slated for a Noon start at Dugan Field.