NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Running into a buzz saw, the Lipscomb baseball team opened the weekend with a 7-0 loss to Bradley on Friday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in Nashville.
Bradley’s John Nasshan was the story of the game as the righty allowed only two hits in eight innings of work. The junior faced just three over the minimum and allowed only one Bison to even reach second base en route to shutout.
“When you go back and look at it, the bottom line is Nasshan pitched great,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “We only had five base runners before the ninth inning and two of those got erased when they turned double plays in back-to-back innings.
“He made great pitches tonight. We hit a few balls hard on the nose but they were all right at somebody. “
The Braves (6-9) on the other hand plated a pair of runs in the first inning when Max Murphy laced a pitch over the left field fence for the early 2-0 lead. A hit-by-pitch and a pair of doubles led to two more runs for Bradley in the second.
Another double a Bradley double in the fourth and triples in the seventh and ninth led to a run in each inning as the Braves took the 7-0 lead.
The Braves went to the bullpen in the ninth as Nasshan had thrown 106 pitches. Southpaw Elliot Ashbeck came on for Bradley and immediately got into a jam. Sophomore second baseman Joey Cecere opened the frame with a single to centerfield. Junior left fielder Drew Adams followed with a walk to put two aboard for Lipscomb.
Senior centerfielder Zack Lowery then loaded the bases with a single to right giving the Bisons a man on third for the first time in the game but Ashbeck would get out of the jam and preserve the shutout.
Junior righty Hunter Brothers took the loss for the Bisons giving up six earned runs and eight hits in six innings of work while fanning eight.
“Hunter gave up some early runs but gave us six innings with no walks,” said Forehand. “This is one of those games where you walk away from it disappointed that we didn’t score but Nasshan had a lot to do with it.”
The Bisons continue home action on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Dugan Field against Northern Illinois in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The contest will air on http://www.asun.tv for free.