NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Surrendering eight runs in the first two innings, the Lipscomb baseball team dropped a nonconference decision 17-2 to homestanding Belmont on Tuesday night at E.S. Rose Park.
“We had a good start tonight getting a run in the first, but that did not last long,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “We have to give Belmont all the credit in the world. They really swung the ball well and put us in a bad position. They took advantage of our mistakes on the mound.”
Lipscomb (17-9) jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the first when redshirt senior right fielder Josh Lee doubled to right centerfield to bring in senior shortstop Grant Massey, who reached on a single up the middle earlier in the frame.
After scoring three times in the first inning, Belmont continued its offensive attack with five runs in the second, highlighted by three straight home runs.
The Bruins (14-11) tacked on nine more runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth frames to put the game out of reach.
Forehand decided to insert Lee Solomon at shortstop in the eighth and the move paid off as the freshman ripped a one-out double down the left field line. Two batters later Josh Lee singled up the middle to bring home Solomon and round out the scoring for the night.
Lipscomb Freshman Brady Puckett (1-1) took the loss for the Bisons giving up six runs on five hits in one and one third innings. He walked two and did not record a strike out.
Lefty Patrick McGrath (3-1) earned the win for the Bruins. He tossed seven innings allowing one earned run and five hits while fanning five and walking one.
Josh Lee led the Bisons at the plate with a 3-for-4 night with a double and two RBI.
- The five home runs given up by the Bisons are the most in a single game since Middle Tennessee hit five on March 31, 2010.
- The 17 runs given up are the most since surrendering 17 to Siena on March 10, 2012.
- Josh Lee was the lone Bison to record multiple hits. His double in the first was his ninth of the year.
- Solomon's double was his first career hit while donning the Purple and Gold. He was 0-for-2 before the at-bat.
- With a single in the first, Massey extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
The Bisons will travel to Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday to open Atlantic Sun Conference play with a three-game series with the Dolphins. With it being Easter weekend, the series will be played Thursday-Saturday.