MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – In come-from-behind fashion, the Lipscomb baseball team opened the 2013 road slate with a 3-2 win over homestanding Middle Tennessee at Resse Smith Jr. Field in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.
With the Bisons down by one heading into the eighth inning, LU put up two runs in the frame. Catcher Taylor Stewart had an RBI double in left center field that brought in center fielder Zach Lowery to tie the game at two. Two batters later, Lipscomb took the lead for good as left fielder Chad Shannon had a suicide squeeze down the first base line to bring in Stewart.
“That was a really good executed bunt,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “With good starting pitching and relief pitching, we played a really clean game.
“We talked about cleaning the game up and playing it from start to finish without hurting ourselves and beating ourselves.”
The Bisons have won the last two games in a comeback effort. Sunday, LU came back and defeated Butler 9-8 after scoring three runs in the eighth inning.
MTSU (9-3) broke the scoreless tie in the second inning with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Trent Miller singled in two Blue Raiders.
The Bisons (6-7) chopped the lead in half when Stewart singled in Lowery in the top of the fourth inning.
LU had a chance to tie the score in the fifth inning. Wiith right fielder Drew Adams on third and first baseman Griffin Moore at first, designated hitter Aaron Sandoval hit a blooper that was caught by MTSU shortstop Ryan Ford, who made a unbelievable diving catch to end the inning.
The Bisons had another opportunity in the seventh inning. With two outs and shortstop Joey Cecere on third and Moore on first, who both walked, Sandoval grounded out to the third baseman to end the inning.
Starting pitcher Jacob Knott had a solid performance as he gave up the two earned runs on five hits, walked three and struck out four Blue Raiders.
Relief pitcher Hunter Brothers (2-0) who got the win after pitching three scoreless innings, issued two walks and notched strikeouts.
“That’s exactly what we wanted them both to do,” Forehand said. “Hunter had a chip on his shoulder and was ready to come out and finish up the game.”
Stewart went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs raising his batting average from .294 to .368.
“Taylor drove in some runs and played a great game,” Forehand said.
Forehand talked about the importance of getting off to a good start away from Dugan Field.
“That’s one of our points of emphasis this season is preparing better as we go on the road,” Forehand said. “We talked about it when we got off the bus. Coming out and dealing with the elements with the cold, it was a tough way to start.
“I’m really proud of the way they handled it and I look forward to picking it back up this weekend.”
The Bisons continue the five-game road trip with a three-game series against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. that starts on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.