NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Powered by seven runs over the final three innings, the Lipscomb baseball team downed nonconference foe Georgetown 8-3 on Saturday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“That was a good game from our guys,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “Our bullpen did exactly what we talked about yesterday. I am just proud for them coming back and holding onto the lead for us today. Nick (Andros) made one mistake on a pitch in the fourth, but for us to hang eight zero’s on the scoreboard, I can’t be more proud of how our pitching staff responded today.”
Junior catcher Chucky Vazquez got the scoring going in the third when he cranked a high fastball over the fence in left centerfield for his first career Lipscomb home run to give the Bisons an early 1-0 advantage.
Georgetown (11-11) quickly responded and took a 3-1 lead in the fourth after second baseman Chase Bushor blasted a three-run shot to left field.
Two frames later in the sixth, Lipscomb (16-8) got two men on base when senior left fielder Jonathan Allison drew a one-out walk and redshirt senior designated hitter Josh Lee followed with a double down the left field line.
Redshirt freshman right fielder Allan Hooker faced a 2-2 count and dropped a single into shallow right field to bring home both runners and tie the game at 3-3.
The Purple and Gold struck again with two more runs in the seventh. Following a single from freshman centerfielder Michael Gigliotti, senior shortstop Grant Massey ripped a RBI-triple down the right field line. Allison then brought home Massey with a single through the right side.
Although clinging to a 5-3 lead, Lipscomb decided three more runs in the eighth would not hurt. After reaching base on a one-out error by the Hoyas’ shortstop, Vazquez swiped second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Senior shortstop Mike Korte grounded into a fielder’s choice where the second baseman decided to come home for the out, but catcher Nick Collins could not hold on to the ball and Vazquez scored.
Then redshirt junior first baseman Adam Lee moved Korte to second with a single to right, before Massey cleared the bases with his fourth double of the year to deep centerfield and round out the scoring on the day.
Senior southpaw Nick Andros got the start, but did not factor into the decision after tossing 6.2 innings and giving up three runs on six hits. He did however strike out seven batters without issuing a walk.
The Bisons’ bullpen came back with a strong outing in the win after suffering a late collapse on Friday.
Junior Kyle Weller (3-0) came on to replace Andros with two outs in the seventh and picked up the win. He faced three batters and finished the day with one punch out and one walk.
Senior Griffin Moore worked the final 1.1 frames and fanned one batter to pick up his first-career save.
“I can’t be more proud of the way those guys responded today,” Forehand said. “We talked about the things that went wrong last night, but they understood what happened even without me having to address it. I am really proud of them because this is what they are capable of doing.
“We played the matchups a couple of times today and it worked well. Those three guys combined to not allow a hit. It was lot, lot better adjustment on that end today.”
Georgetown starter Matt Smith worked 5.1 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. Simon Matthews (2-3) entered in the seventh and took the loss. He pitched the final 2.2 frames and gave up five runs on five hits.
- Lipscomb improves to 1-1 all-time against the Hoyas.
- Massey led the Bisons offensively with a 2-for-5 day at the plate. He had a double, a triple, one run scored and three RBI.
- He extended his hitting streak to 12 games and his on-base streak to 14.
- Massey has recorded multiple hits in 5 of his last 7 games and he now has 10 on the season.
- Vazquez stayed perfect in stolen base attempts. With his swipe on Saturday, the back stop is now 5-for-5 on the year.
- The Bisons improved to 6-0 on the year when Andros gets the start on the mound.
- Andros matched his career high with seven strikeouts.
- Allison has recorded a RBI four straight games and he now has seven for the week. He pushed him team-leading total to 27.
- With two RBI on the day, Hooker had his first multi-RBI game since March 14 against Quinnipiac.
- Korte has a season-best three-game hitting streak and has raised his batting average 30 points in those three games to .169.
- Allison swiped his sixth stolen base of the season.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon. Due to the travel plans of Georgetown, the first pitch has been moved up an hour and is now set for noon at Dugan Field.
“That is a good baseball team,” Forehand said. “They have played really well this weekend and gave up two hard fought ball games. We look forward to playing tomorrow.”