DELAND, Fla. – Collecting only three hits on the night, the Lipscomb hitting woes continued on Friday night dropping an 8-2 Atlantic Sun Conference decision to homestanding Stetson at Melching Field in DeLand.
“We had nine strikeouts and 13 fly ball outs and that ended up being 22 of the 27 outs,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “We’ve just got to get back to playing the way we were the last couple of weeks. We’re not doing the little things that we did four or five games ago.
“The last three games we just haven’t played very well. We’ve communicated that and they understand it. Nobody is panicking but we’re not playing with the same fire that we had recently. A lot of that has to do with our opponents who have been playing well. Some of the credit goes to them.“
After falling behind 3-0 in the third, the Bisons would plate a pair of runs in the top of the sixth behind a Stetson error and two of the three hits for the Purple and Gold. Redshirt sophomore centerfielder Geordie Carlson opened the frame with a hard-hit ball to first that Patrick Mazeika could not handle allowing the speedster to beat out the throw to the bag.
Carlson then stole second before coming home to score when senior right fielder Drew Adams ripped a double that hugged the left field line. Adams would cruise into second with his 45th RBI of the season. Redshirt junior left fielder Josh Lee then swapped places with Adams with a screaming liner into the right center gap to score the last run of the night for the Bisons.
The one-run margin would not even make it out of the inning as the Hatters answered right back in the bottom of the sixth with a run to make it a two-run cushion. Stetson then tacked on three runs in the seventh and a run in the eighth to put the game away.
Redshirt-junior righty Hunter Brothers took the loss on the hill for Lipscomb lasting just two and one-third innings. The veteran allowed three runs on three hits and four walks while fanning only one batter.
Stetson’s Austin Perez picked up his first win of the season going five and two thirds innings. The southpaw allowed just the two unearned runs and three hits while collecting six strikeouts.
The three-game set concludes on Saturday at Noon at Melching Field. The contest will air live on http://www.ASun.TV