COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb baseball proved to be no match for hot-hitting Tennessee Tech in the rubber game of a three-game set Sunday at Bush Stadium, dropping the nonconference match 15-2.
“Tennessee Tech is a good baseball team and we knew what kind of team they were going in,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “We did not play well at all today and you have to give them credit for exploiting our mistakes. Overall, we just have to play better.”
The Golden Eagles (36-13) got on the scoreboard first with a 3-run frame in the second, highlighted by Jake Rowland’s 2-run shot over the 365-foot sign in right center field.
Lipscomb (27-21) cut into Tech’s lead in the fourth with a 2-RBI single from junior second baseman Mike Korte. Sophomore third baseman Austin Sistrunk got things started with a leadoff walk before designated hitter Griffin Moore followed with a single up the middle. Redshirt sophomore first baseman Adam Lee used small ball to push the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Korte then lined a 2-1 fastball over the shortstop’s head to bring in his fourth and fifth RBIs of the weekend.
The bats of Tennessee Tech began to heat up in the fifth and showed why it possess one of the most prolific offenses in the country.
Following a RBI-single from Bosheers, Rowland unloaded a 3-run line drive dinger over the right field fence to cap the four-run fifth. It was his second blast of the day.
The Golden Eagles would go on to add three runs in the sixth and five in the eighth to round out the scoring.
After seeing just four at-bats in the month of April, Moore swung a hot bat against the Golden Eagles and recorded a second multi-hit performance in as many days, going 2-for-3 at the dish with a run scored.
“We thought we had a good matchup yesterday with Griffin and he responded with a 2-RBI hit for us,” Forehand said. “He got the start again today and got a couple more hits. I am proud of him, the way he has been seeing the ball lately and hopefully he can give us some big at-bats coming down the stretch.”
Sophomore right hander Denton Norman took the loss for the Bisons and fell to 5-5 on the year. He worked four-and –two-thirds innings, giving up nine hits and six earned runs. He recorded five punch outs and walked two.
Connor Moynihan, Jacob Knott, Jason Ziegler and Dalton Curtis made relief appearances in the loss.
Ross Spurgeon improved to 4-1 for Tech after two-and-two-thirds innings. He did not allow a run or hit and recorded two strike outs and one walk.
“We will get back to work tomorrow and try to iron some things out from today,” Forehand said. “We have a key road series this next weekend, but we don’t want to overlook the game on Tuesday. That game can help us a lot as far as getting back on the horse and getting prepared.
“Nothing cures a game like this until you can get back on the field and get a win, so our guys will be looking forward to getting back at it against UT-Martin.”
The Bisons return to Ken Dugan Field Tuesday night to host UT-Martin in a 6 p.m. midweek contest.