NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a strong outing from junior hurler Denton Norman, the Lipscomb baseball team downed Georgetown 4-1 to take Sunday’s rubber game against Georgetown at sunny Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Georgetown has a solid team; they are scrappy and hard to play against,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “I felt like we would bounce back after that tough loss on Friday and we did. This was a good series win for our club with conference play just a week away. Hopefully we can continue to build the momentum.”
The Bisons (17-8) took the early advantage in the third when redshirt freshman Allan Hooker sliced a full-count pitch down the third-base line just out of the reach of GU’s third baseman for a two-RBI single.
Georgetown (11-12) got its lone run of the day in the fourth when Cody Bushor singled to right to bring home A.C. Carter and cut the Bisons’ lead to 2-1.
Lipscomb continued its clutch hitting with a rally in the home half of the fourth after redshirt junior first baseman Adam Lee drew a two-out walk. Freshman centerfielder Michael Gigliotti reached base on a bunt single, moving Adam Lee to second. Senior shortstop Grant Massey then followed with a 10-pitch walk to load the bases for Jonathan Allison. The senior leftfielder dropped a single into left field, bringing Adam Lee and Gigliotti across the plate.
Allison finished the day with a 3-for-3 performance at the dish pushing his batting average to .402. To compliment his two RBI, Allison also scored and run.
“We are beginning to expect that from Johnny every time out,” Forehand said. “Hitting is difficult, but he is really swinging a good bat right now. When we get runners on base, everyone looks forward to him coming to the plate. He is producing every week, so hopefully he can continue that.”
Junior Denton Norman improved to 3-2 with the win. The right hander worked eight and one third innings giving up four hits and one run. He walked two and did not record a strike out.
“It was a solid performance for Denton today,” Forehand said. “We put him on a little bit of a pitch count with conference play opening up next week. We always talk about how the starter can’t win us the game, but he can put us in a position to win. And that is exactly what we got from him today.”
Redshirt sophomore reliever Dalton Curtis entered with one out in the ninth and took care of both batters he faced to collect his first save of the season.
Kevin Superko (1-1) took the loss after working three and two thirds innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits with four walks and two punch outs.
- Lipscomb improves to 2-1 against the Hoyas in the all-time series.
- The Bisons have now won all five of their home series’ on the year, improving to 15-3 at Dugan Field.
- Massey extended his hitting streak to 13 games and has now reached base safely in 15 straight.
- Allison recorded his team-leading 12th multiple hit game and ninth multi-RBI game of the year.
- With his two RBI on Sunday, Allison pushed his total to 29. That leads the team.
- Gigliotti now has 11 bunt singles this season in 18 attempts.
Lipscomb returns to action Tuesday when it travels up the Boulevard to Rose Park to take on Belmont at 5 p.m.