JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The road woes continued for the Lipscomb baseball team Thursday as it opened Atlantic Sun Conference play with a 10-0 loss to Jacksonville at Sessions Stadium.
“Jacksonville played great tonight,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “They executed in the short game, they executed with runners in scoring position and they really pressed us all game. We get spoiled when Ian (Martinez-McGraw) is out there. He needed more help tonight than usual and we were not able to provide it.”
After a scoreless first inning, the Dolphins (14-15, 1-0 A-Sun) got things moving in the home half of the second with a leadoff walk from first baseman Connor Marabell. Right fielder Austin Hays and third baseman Samuel Armstrong tagged back-to-back singles to plate Marabell before a sacrifice fly from designated hitter Dylan Dillard knocked in Hays for an early 2-0 Dolphin lead.
Those runs would essentially be all the cushion JU needed as its ace Michael Baumann (4-0) was as good as advertised. The 6-foot-4 freshman allowed tossed a career best six and two thirds innings. He allowed just three hits and recorded seven punch outs with two walks.
“Michael Baumann was fantastic for them tonight and the team built off of his performance. We need to respond tomorrow and I think we will because we have a good team.”
Jacksonville pushed the lead to 4-0 as two runs crossed in the third and then busted the game wide open with four more in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Lipscomb (17-10, 0-1 A-Sun) managed just six hits on the night and only advanced one base runner past second.
In the fourth frame the Bisons’ offense looked like it would give the Purple and Gold colored group of about 60 or so friends and family who made the trip down something to cheer about when redshirt senior Josh Lee drew a one-out walk and redshirt freshman Allan Hooker followed with a single to right, but back-to-back swinging strikeouts halted the opportunity.
Senior Jonathan Allison laced his ninth double of the season to right centerfield in the eighth inning and almost recorded the first Lipscomb run of the night on an Allan Hooker single, but Hays threw a laser to the plate from right field to record the out and keep a clean scoreboard for the Dolphins.
Adam Lee and Allan Hooker led the Bisons offensively and were the only two with multiple hits on the night.
Senior hurler Ian Martinez-McGraw (4-2) had a tough night as he recorded his shortest outing of the season, lasting just three innings before being pulled with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth. He surrendered five earned runs on five hits. He fanned three and walked three after facing 18 batters.
- Thursday’s meeting marked the 36th time Lipscomb and Jacksonville have met. With the win the Dolphins now lead the all-time series 20-16.
- With a single in the first stanza, Massey extended his A-Sun-leading hit streak to 15 games and has now reached base in 17 straight.
- Adam Lee notched his eighth double of the year in the seventh.
- Thursday marked his seventh multiple hit game of the season, and his first since March 14 in a win over Quinnipiac.
- Sophomore Hunter Hanks grew up in the Jacksonville area and was welcomed home by 11 family members and 19 hometown friends in attendance.
“It was awesome to see the hometown support from everyone,” Hanks said. “It was unfortunate we couldn’t get the win for them, but it was still great to have them in the stands watching me play again.”
The series will continue on Friday with a 5:30 p.m. CT first pitch.