MARTIN, Tenn. – Behind the 10th, double-digit run outburst of the season, the Lipscomb baseball team downed homestanding UT-Martin 12-2 in nonconference action on Tuesday afternoon at Skyhawk Field in Martin.
After a pair of scoreless innings, the Bisons (22-12) erupted for a seven-run third to take control of the contest.
“Any time you’re on the road and you can score some runs early it helps everybody relax a little bit,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “After a long bus ride it’s hard to get going and then the delay put us behind the eight ball to start but I was glad to see we got some runs early with that big inning in the third.”
Junior second baseman Mike Korte opened the frame with a free pass before moving into scoring position on Tyler Bethune’s team-best, eighth sacrifice bunt. A single by junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison then opened the scoring in the contest as Korte crossed the dish.
A walk by junior shortstop Grant Massey put two aboard for senior right fielder Drew Adams, who laced a double to right center bringing home his 40th and 41st RBIs of the season. Adams then scored himself to make it a 4-0 lead on a wild pitch after moving up to third on a fly out to right.
UT-Martin (3-27) starter Chris Flores continued having control issues walking redshirt-junior left fielder Josh Lee and beaning junior designated hitter Tyson Ashcraft to keep the rally going. That ended Flores’ day on the hill but redshirt-sophomore first baseman Adam Lee kept things going with a double down the left-field line that plated his brother Josh.
Korte then returned to the plate for the second time in the inning and singled down the left-field line to make it a 7-0 lead as Ashcraft and Adam Lee came home to score.
The offense picked things back up in the fifth inning as Josh Lee opened the frame with a single up the middle before Ashcraft was plunked to put two aboard. A Bethune walk loaded the bases later in the inning setting things up for Allison, who delivered a bases-clearing, 3-RBI double to the right-center gap.
Adams then made it a 3-RBI night for the Atlantic Sun Conference’s top RBI producer with a single through the left side that scored Allison.
The Skyhawks would get on the scoreboard with two runs in the sixth but that is as close as the home team would come. The Bisons rounded out the scoring in the contest with a run in the eighth when junior Griffin Moore singled up the middle to score redshirt-sophomore Geordie Carlson.
Allison led the way at the dish for Lipscomb with a 3-for-5 afternoon including two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored.
“Jonathan has been hot for us,” said Forehand. “He gives us a good spark and I think for a while he was pressing a little bit but now he’s out of that and really giving us a spark at the top of the lineup. Anytime we get a spark at the top, hopefully that ignites everybody else to do it.”
Freshman southpaw John Pryor picked up the win to improve to 2-1 on the season. The newcomer went four innings allowing two hits and two walks. Conor Moynihan, Jamie Young, Dalton Curtis, Nick Andros and Jacob Knott then each worked an inning in relief.
The Bisons return home on Friday to start a 3-game Atlantic Sun Conference series between the top two teams in the league standings as Mercer comes to the Music City.
“When we get ready for a conference weekend we take the same approach it doesn’t matter who it is,” said Forehand. “But this weekend we know we’re playing a really good team. Mercer has been a good team for years. They are a solid team and well coached and we’re looking forward to the weekend. Hopefully we can carry the momentum in with us.”