JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Scoring in each of the first six innings, the Lipscomb baseball team downed Atlantic Sun Conference foe Jacksonville 13-6 on Friday night at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville
Senior Jonathan Allison got things started off with a bang in the top of the first when the reigning A-Sun co-Player of the Week launched his fourth homer of the season bringing home Michael Gigliotti for an early 2-0 lead over the Dolphins (14-16, 1-1 A-Sun).
“We finally got out of the shoot pretty quick with Michael hitting the double and then Johnny hit the homer,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “That kind of set the stage for us a little bit and I think that got our bats going.
“That let us play situational offense the rest of the game. After last night’s goose egg, getting off to a good start made the difference tonight.”
The Bisons (18-10, 1-1 A-Sun) would tack on another run in the second when Adam Lee launched a triple that plated catcher Chucky Vazquez. Designated hitter Allan Hooker kept the scoring going in the third with a 2-RBI double ahead of Vazquez and Hunter Hanks, who each plated a run in the four-run frame.
Allison had the table set for him again in the fourth with Gigliotti and Adam Lee both in scoring position and the veteran delivered in the clutch with a 2-RBI single to right as part of a 4-RBI night.
“Allison is just seeing the ball well right now,” said Forehand. “We almost expect him to drive in some runs every game. He’s swinging a hot bat right now and we’ve got to keep him going.”
Lipscomb kept the offense rolling in the fifth as shortstop Grant Massey drove in a pair of runs before second base Mike Korte and Adam Lee each drove in a run in the sixth to cap the scoring for the Bisons.
Freshman Brady Puckett notched his first conference win tossing two and two-thirds innings of work in relief of starter Nick Andros, who lasted three innings. Puckett allowed five hits and three runs before handing the ball over to fellow newcomer Jeffrey Passantino in the seventh.
Passantino worked the final seven outs of the game for the save giving up three hits and notching a trio of strikeouts.
“It’s easier to pitch when you have a lead,” said Forehand. “We had a little hiccup in the sixth but I thought Brady pitched really well and then Jeffrey came in and shut the door. That was big keeping us from having to use anybody else and keeps some more of the guys fresh in the bullpen for tomorrow.”
- Massey extended his hitting streak to 16 games and the senior has now reached safely in 18-straight contests.
- The Bisons 13 runs tied a season high set against La Salle on Feb. 27 and mark the fourth time this season that Lipscomb has scored in double figures.
- Lipscomb was 10-for-20 with runners on while the Dolphins were just 5-for-21
- Allison added two stolen bases and a pair of runs scored to go along with his 4 RBI.
Up next: Lipscomb and Jacksonville wrap up the league series on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The game was moved up from 11 a.m. due to a threat of rain. Denton Norman is slated to make the start for the Bisons.