NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With just over a handful of runners reaching base on Sunday afternoon, the Lipscomb baseball team failed to push across a run in a 6-0 Atlantic Sun Conference loss to USC Upstate at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in Nashville.
The rubber game of the series saw USC Upstate (19-12, 6-6 A-Sun) starter Gaither Bumgardner toy with the Bisons (11-22, 3-6 A-Sun) lineup allowing just two hits, both to Lipscomb junior right fielder Drew Adams, and a pair of walks in eight innings of work. The righty allowed just three runners to move into scoring position all afternoon as he improved to 4-0 on the season.
“We had six runners all day,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “You have to tip your hat to Bumgardner. He pitched a great game and put them in a great spot. When you don’t score any runs, it’s hard to win. “
The Spartans opened with a run in the first stanza before adding a pair in the third off of redshirt sophomore starter Will Blalock thanks to a missed chance at a double play that would have ended the inning. USC Upstate then chased Blalock from the game in the fourth and scored the fourth run of the contest.
The highlight of the day for the Bisons was the effort of freshman reliever Denton Norman, who relieved Blalock in the fourth and went the distance tossing 5.2 innings without giving up a run. The newcomer scattered five hits while allowing a walk and fanning one batter.
“We got a great performance by Denton today,” said Forehand. “For him to come in and put up five straight zeroes is huge. I’m excited about what’s to come for him. He did a nice job for us today.”
The Bisons continue home action on Tuesday night hosting Belmont in a “Battle of the Boulevard” at Dugan Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.