NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Georgetown scored four times in the ninth inning to come from behind and down the Lipscomb baseball team 8-5 Friday night in the opening game of a three-game non-conference series at chilly Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“That was a disappointing loss, especially when it comes down to execution” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “We had runners at first and second with a chance to score in the eighth and we can’t even move the runners over. The bottom line is with a one-run lead in the ninth at home, we have to be able to hold it down.
“We are better than that on offense and we are better than that in the bullpen. Regardless of how the game played out, we have to make some adjustments and step it up in the bullpen.”
Lipscomb (15-8) drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the first when senior shortstop Grant Massey and senior leftfielder Jonathan Allison each reached base on a walk. Massey swiped his eighth stolen base of the year to advance to third and then crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly from sophomore third baseman Hunter Hanks.
Georgetown (11-10) tied things at 1-1 with a run in the third after Beau Hall led off with a triple to deep center field before coming home on a sacrifice fly to center.
The Bisons responded with three runs in the home half of the frame to take the lead back. Redshirt junior first baseman Adam Lee ripped a leadoff single to right field to get things moving. Two batters later, Massey turned on a 0-1 pitch and blasted a two-run shot into the wind over the left field fence for his first home run of the season.
Allison followed with a rocket shot of his own for back-to-back homers for the Bisons to take a 4-1 lead.
The Hoyas took advantage of two Lipscomb fielding miscues in the fourth and scored twice to cut the lead to 4-3.
In the bottom of the fourth Lipscomb freshman designated hitter Tyler Brown drew a leadoff walk and then stole second to get into scoring position for Mike Korte. The senior second baseman singled through the right side to bring around Brown and push the lead to 5-3.
Georgetown added a run in the fifth on a double by AC Carter.
Lipscomb had chances to score in the bottom of the eighth after pinch-hitters Josh Lee and Allan Hooker drew walks to start off the inning. Korte was retired swinging, Adam Lee flied out to right and freshman centerfielder Michael Gigliotti grounded to short in the next three at-bats.
The Hoyas took advantage of the late-inning woes from the Bisons pitching staff to score four runs and lock the game up. Senior lefty Jason Ziegler started the ninth, giving up a leadoff walk and a single before being pulled for sophomore southpaw John Pryor.
Pryor allowed an RBI-double to left and a two-RBI single to right before exiting the game in favor of freshman reliever Jeffrey Passantino.
Passantino gave up an RBI-single to right, but got out of the inning with three punch outs.
Senior starter Ian Martinez-McGraw tossed seven frames giving up two earned runs on seven hits with three punch outs and one walk. He did not factor into the decision.
Ziegler took the loss and dropped to 0-2. He worked one inning and gave up two runs on one hit. He also walked one.
Matt Hollenbeck pitched six innings allowing five runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out two.
Tim Davis entered the game in the seventh and worked two stanzas to get the win and improve to 1-2. He gave up no runs on one hit with one strike out and one walk.
David Ellingson came on in the ninth and got his third save of the year with one inning of work.
- Lipscomb dropped its first Friday home game of the season.
- Massey gets a team-high three hits and extended his hitting streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 13.
- Massey led Lipscomb offensively going 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
- Allison recorded his third homer of the year.
Lipscomb continues the series with Georgetown on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Senior southpaw Nick Andros will get the nod on the hill and will face off with GU’s junior righty Matt Smith.