COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Walking 14 batters and giving up 10 hits proved to be too much for the Lipscomb offense to overcome on Tuesday afternoon as the Bisons baseball team dropped a 10-9 decision to homestanding Tennessee Tech at Bush Stadium.
“I have to give our offense a lot of credit today with Tyson and Mike hitting the ball out of the park and Josh’s two doubles,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “But at the end of the day we just couldn’t keep up with their scoring. Five our 10 were extra-base hits but it just wasn’t enough.”
The Bisons (1-7) drew first blood in the contest in the second inning taking advantage of a miscue by the Golden Eagles (8-1). Redshirt sophomore Adam Lee was hit by pitch and then swiped second to give Lipscomb a runner in scoring position. Junior shortstop Grant Massey then drew a walk to put two aboard.
That free pass was important because Tech catcher Jordan Parris tried to pick Massey off first and sent his throw into the right-field corner allowing Adam Lee to score from second and give Lipscomb the 1-0 advantage.
That score would hold until the fourth inning when the Bisons put up a three-run frame to take a 4-0 advantage. Junior left fielder Josh Lee opened the frame with a leadoff double before sophomore third baseman Austin Sistrunk reached on an infield single.
That set the table for Adam Lee to put a sacrifice bunt down and the newcomer placed it right down the third-base line. Tech pitcher Evan Fraliex corralled the bunt and rushed the throw sending it to the fence and allowing both Josh Lee and Sistrunk to come across the dish and Adam Lee to wind up on third. Sophomore catcher then gave the Bisons the four-run cushion with a squeeze bunt that brought Adam Lee home.
That four-run lead quickly advantaged in the bottom of the frame as Lipscomb starter Hunter Brothers ran into trouble and by the time the inning was finished it was a 4-4 tie.
The Bisons answered right back in the top of the fifth to retake the lead however. Junior designated hitter Tyson Ashcraft blasted his third home run of the season over the left field fence to make it a 5-4 contest.
Josh Lee then laced his second double of the day just inside the right field line and came home to score on a single to center by Sistrunk. A Massey triple then plated Sistrunk before Massey scored himself on an infield single by Bethune.
Unfortunately for the Bisons that four-run cushion lasted just as long as the previous one did as the Gold Eagles pushed across four runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth to make it an 8-8 tie.
Lipscomb retook the lead in the next inning when junior second baseman Mike Korte launched his first home run in Purple and Gold giving the Bisons a slim 9-8 advantage.
That margin would not hold though as a plethora of walks in the final two innings doomed the Bisons. The Golden Eagles drew back-to-back free passes to open the eighth and then a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. A sacrifice fly later and the game was tied 9-9 going into the final inning.
A leadoff walk for Tennessee Tech got things going right away in the bottom of the ninth before a sacrifice bunt moved David Allen into scoring position. A Golden Eagle single and an intentional walk loaded the bases for the home team with only one out and then pinch hitter Connor Goodspeed lifted a ball into right field that allowed Allen to easily cross the plate for the win.
Dalton Curtis took the loss on the hill for the Bisons working the final one and two-thirds innings. The redshirt freshman gave up two earned runs, one hit and four walks. Tech’s Seth Lucio earned the win pitching a perfect final one and two-thirds with a pair of strikeouts.
The Bisons return home on Thursday afternoon to host Alabama A&M for a 2:30 p.m. nonconference contest at Dugan Field.