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Friday, April 27, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mother Nature and Campbell combined to brew up a storm on Thursday night that the Lipscomb baseball team could not overcome on Friday falling 5-2 in the continuation of the game from the night before but the Bisons rallied for a 6-2 victory in the nightcap at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in Nashville.
“You look back and we played 17 1/2 innings and we gave up two runs,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “You’ve got to be proud of that. I hate that we got behind early in the first game but with what we did today I feel like we really made some strides as a team today.
“Our pitching staff did a great job. We didn’t hit the ball as well as we would have liked to but we got a couple of timely hits that paid off for us in the end.”
Thursday night saw the Fighting Camels (33-11) come out on first against Lipscomb (19-24) starter Will Blalock punching out five hits and five runs in the opening frame before lightning and eventually, rain moved into the area and forced the postponement of the game until Friday afternoon.
The Bisons would come out of the gate strong on Friday and plate two runs in the bottom of the first thanks to a hit and a trio of walks. Senior left fielder M.L. Williams got things going with a one-out walk before Campbell starter Matt Sergery walked Zak Messer, Zach Lowery and Ricky Coleman in succession to walk a run home. Junior shortstop Aaron Sandoval then drove in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Messer from third.
From that point forward, it became a pitching duel between Sergey and Lipscomb junior southpaw Chris Nunn, who took over at the top of the second on Friday. Nunn would outpitch Sergey going the rest of the way for Lipscomb allowing only three hits and a walk in eight innings while fanning five.
“I can’t say enough about what Chris (Nunn) did to keep us in the game,” said Forehand. “Anybody that’s seen us play knows that’s his best outing of the season. When Chris Nunn pitches like that we have the opportunity to do a lot of good things.”
The Lipscomb offense got things going again in the Sixth against Sergey, who improves to 6-0 with the win, but the righty got a key double play with two on and no outs. The Camels also got a strong performance by reliever Ryan Mattes, who earned his fifth save of the season allowing only one hit over the final three innings in game one.
Despite the loss in the opener, the Bisons had the momentum for most of the afternoon and it kept going in the nightcap. Sandoval started things up in the third with an infield single before senior catcher Logan Hostettler got the Bisons on the board ripping a double down the left-field line.
After Campbell pushed across a pair of runs in the fourth to take a 2-1 advantage, the Bisons then cashed in on a Camel error in the fourth to draw even. Freshman third baseman Tyson Ashcraft led off the stanza with a bounding ball to short for an infield single. The rushed throw went wide and into the Campbell dugout allowing Ashcraft to advance to second. That set the table for freshman first baseman Griffin Moore and the newcomer delivered a single to center field allowing Ashcraft to come home.
The duo of Ashcraft and Moore would get things going again in the sixth as the pair of rookies hit back-to-back singles to open the frame. Sandoval then stepped in and brought Ashcraft home with a single to right. A Hostettler single then loaded the bases for senior designated hitter Shawn Mehring, who notched an infield single allowing Moore to make it a 4-0 lead for LU.
Lipscomb added a pair of insurance tallies in the eighth when Hostettler and Merhing ripped back-to-back, one-out singles before Williams launched a ball off the wall in right center for a triple making it 6-2.
Senior righty Connor Sinclair picked up the win on the hill allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings of work. The veteran added nine strikeouts and walked only one. Fellow senior Gil Rehwinkel notched his third save of the season working the final one and two-thirds innings after a three-inning winning relief appearance at Western Kentucky on Tuesday. Rehwinkel was nearly perfect again allowing only one hit and fanning one Camel.
The two teams are set for a Saturday afternoon matinee rubber game at 1 p.m. at Dugan Field.