CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A two-run soaring blast into the dark night sky by Lipscomb junior designated hitter Griffin Moore proved to be the difference on Tuesday night as the Bisons made it a school record eight straight wins downing homestanding Austin Peay 14-6 in nonconference action at Raymond C. Hand Park.
“It was fun to watch us come back,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “When we got down and pulled ourselves back is great to see from this team. As we got the lead in the ninth to see us push that on out is encouraging.
“We did a lot of things well in that inning. We hit a lot of balls on the nose and our base running was good. It was a lot of fun to watch.”
The Bisons got things going in the second inning when junior left fielder Tyson Ashcraft and sophomore third baseman Austin Sistrunk hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. That set the table for junior designated hitter Griffin Moore and he delivered a fly ball to centerfield that scored Ashcraft easily from third.
Sistrunk then swiped second before moving up to third on an infield single by junior second baseman Mike Korte. Redshirt-freshman catcher Tyler Bethune then ripped a pitch inside the left field line to give the Bisons an early 2-0 advantage as Sistrunk scored.
The lead would be short lived however, as the Governors answered right back in the bottom of the second with a two-run frame to tie the game 2-2.
Redshirt-sophomore first baseman Adam Lee would then get a rally started in the fourth reaching on an error with one away. Korte and Bethune then kept things going again in the fourth as the duo hit back-to-back singles to score Lee.
Korte would then come home one batter later when junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison grounded out to first for a 4-2 lead for the Purple and Gold.
The Govs would counter right back in the bottom of the frame as Lipscomb freshman starter John Pryor ran into control issues and would surrender four runs on three walks and a pair of hits as Austin Peay took a 6-4 advantage.
That two-run cushion would hold until the eighth inning when the Bisons would draw even at six. Lee got things started with a one-out walk before Korte collected his third hit of the night to put runners on the corners. A Bethune walk loaded the bases that set the table for junior shortstop Grant Massey.
The newcomer then smashed a double into the right-centerfield gap that scored Lee and Korte easily.
That set the stage for the ninth where Ashcraft drew a leadoff walk before Moore would turn on a 2-2 fastball and send it screaming just inside of the right-field foul pole to give the Bisons an 8-6 lead.
“I don’t even remember seeing the pitch,” said Moore. “I battled a little bit. The guy made a mistake and I put a good swing on it.”
Back-to-back walks by Korte and Bethune loaded the bases and Allison would deliver as Lee, who singled behind Moore, and Korte came home on a 2-RBI single by Allison to left. Massey then drew his 20th walk of the season to reload the bases setting the table for Drew Adams, the reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Week, who crushed a double into the left-centerfield gap clearing the bases and making it a 14-6 lead for the Purple and Gold.
The win snaps a 10-game skid against the Governors that dated back to the 2009 season.
The Bisons return home on Friday to open Atlantic Sun Conference play hosting Jacksonville for a three-game set at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Everybody is looking forward to Friday,” said Forehand. “Hopefully we’ll get a big crowd out there for the opening conference weekend. I want us to continue to push forward and try to execute what we practice. If we continue to do that, we’re going to have some good things happen.”