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|Win: CUNNINGHAM (4-4)||3.0||2||2||2||2||3|
|Loss: CURTIS (0-3)||0.0||3||5||5||1||0|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Surrendering eight runs in the first two innings, the Lipscomb baseball team dropped nonconference decision 13-3 to homestanding Belmont on Tuesday night at E.S. Rose Park.
“When you get down early in the game it’s deflating for the whole team,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “We got off to a bad start and nobody is trying to figure it out any quicker than the players and the coaching staff.
“I’m not going to write it off as unfortunate luck because we need to play better. We have played very well in the last six games and we’ve got to do better.”
The Bruins came out of the gate on fire and plated five runs before the Bisons managed to get the first out of the opening stanza. Belmont then added three runs in the second before Lipscomb got on the board in the third.
Redshirt sophomore Adam Lee got things going in the third with an infield single before junior Mike Korte laced a triple into the right center gap allowing Adam Lee to score from first. Back-to-back walks by Nick Rome and Jonathan Allison loaded the bases which proved important later in the frame when redshirt junior Josh Lee lofted a sacrifice fly into right field that plated Korte.
Belmont responded with a run in the bottom of the frame to make it a 9-2 game before Lipscomb cut the lead with a run in the fifth on an RBI single by freshman Hunter Hanks. The Bruins answered right back again in the next half inning to make it a 10-3 lead and then tacked on three runs in the sixth to round out the scoring.
Redshirt freshman Dalton Curtis took the loss for the Bisons giving up five earned runs, three hits, a walk and a hit batter without recording an out. Chase Cunningham earned the win for the Bruins defeating the Bisons for the second-straight week. He tossed a scheduled three innings allowing two earned runs and two hits while walking a pair.
Hanks and Adam Lee led the Bisons at the plate as each collected a pair of hits on the evening. Hanks went 2-for-4 with a RBI while Adam Lee was 2-for-3 with one run scored and a walk.
Lipscomb had chances throughout the night to turn the game around stranding nine runners on the evening but could not cash in on those opportunities.
“We got the two runs in the third and had the chance to have a really big inning there but we didn’t,” said Forehand. “We left them loaded in the fourth and two on in the fifth but that’s part of the letdown of that early energy that we didn’t have because they took it away from us.”
The Bisons return home on Friday night to start a 3-game Atlantic Sun Conference series with Northern Kentucky at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“The bottom line is we’ve got to get back to work tomorrow and play better,” noted Forehand.”