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Austin Peay (15-2)
3/13/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 183
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Giving up a two-run ninth inning, the Lipscomb baseball team dropped a 3-1 nonconference decision to Austin Peay on Wednesday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in Nashville.
“Our relief guys did a really nice job of holding a good team down this afternoon,”“ said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “We got a good effort out of Blake tonight and Tyson did a nice job when he was in there and they put us in position to win the ballgame.”
“Austin Peay was just able to come through with a clutch hit when they needed it most.”
After falling behind 1-0 in the fifth when Austin Peay (15-2) cashed in on a leadoff double, the Bisons (6-12) answered back in the bottom of the seventh manufacturing a run after a leadoff walk from sophomore first baseman Griffin Moore.
After Moore drew the free pass, senior shortstop Aaron Sandoval executed a sacrifice bunt allowing Moore to move into scoring position. A passed ball would move Moore up to third base before a wild pitch would tie the game.
The ninth proved to be the undoing for the Bisons as Austin Peay took advantage of a Lipscomb defensive miscue and a walk to setup a pair of runs. APSU’s Brett Carlson got things started with a grounder to first base that should have been the second out of the inning but the ball was booted and gave the Govs life.
Dylan Riner then drew a walk before a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. That would prove critical as Kevin Corey delivered a single to centerfield that plated Carlson easily and put Riner 90 feet from home.
Lipscomb reliever Geordie Carlson got another ground ball that was fielded and thrown home trying to nab Riner but the throw was late and the Governor’s took the 3-1 advantage into the ninth.
Austin Peay went to the bullpen to ace reliever Tyler Rogers and the sidewinder struggled right out of the gate issuing free passes to senior catcher Taylor Stewart and Moore. That would be all the trouble Rogers would have however, as the righty got a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to end the game an pick up his seventh save of the season.
“Rogers had a little hiccup there but he’s good,” said Forehand. “We got the tying run on base but we just couldn’t get anything done with it.”
Carlson took the loss for the Bisons giving up two hits and one unearned run in two innings of work. The southpaw struck out four and walked one in his fourth appearance of the season.
Lipscomb got a solid outing out of senior starter Blake Fonfara, who lasted four and two-thirds innings in his first start of the season. The southpaw gave up three hits and one earned run while walking four and fanning five.
Sophomore righty Tyson Ashcraft came on in the fifth to relieve Fonfara and allowed one hit and a pair of walks in one and two-thirds innings of work keeping the Governors in check.
Lipscomb went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position after a 1-for-14 effort in the same category on Tuesday night at UT-Martin.
The Bisons continue home action this weekend hosting Bradley on Friday and Sunday with a contest against Northern Illinois squeezed in on Saturday afternoon.