JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After finding itself in an early six-run deficit, the Lipscomb baseball team tried to play catch-up in an Atlantic Sun Conference game that Jacksonville won 11-6 to take the weekend series at Sessions Stadium.
“We have to come away from the weekend disappointed,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand. “We didn’t get the pitching we have had all year long. When you don’t have a starter to go more than three innings, it puts you in a bad spot.
“That’s not what those guys are about, but I am so confident that our starters will bounce back and get things straightened out. We have to learn from it and make the necessary adjustments because ever series moving forward will be like this one.”
The loss marked the first time since 2009 that Jacksonville has won a series against Lipscomb.
The Dolphins scored in six different innings and never let Lipscomb get closer than four runs after the first frame.
Bisons’ starter Denton Norman lasted just two and one-third innings before being pulled after giving up five runs on six hits. He fell to 3-3 on the year with the loss.
Senior right fielder Josh Lee led the offensive attack for the Bisons (18-11, 1-2 A-Sun) with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, hitting his 10th double of the season and scoring two runs.
Junior catcher Chucky Vazquez drove in three runs, two of those coming on a double to the wall in center in the sixth. Senior Grant Massey extended his hitting streak to 17 games on his final at-bat with a two-RBI single to right.
The Dolphins (15-16, 2-1 A-Sun) had four guys with three or more hits on the day, led by a 4-for-5 day from left fielder Dylan Dillard.
Jeff Tanner (3-3) got the win for JU after not allowing a run through five innings pitched. He gave up just three hits and punched out four.
- Jacksonville out-hit Lipscomb 17-12.
- Massey has now reached base safely in 19-straight games.
- Mike Korte recorded his third double of the season in the loss.
- Michael Gigliotti swiped his seventh stolen base of the season.
- Jonathan Allison recorded his 10th double on the year.
The Bisons return to Nashville on Tuesday to face the defending national champion Vanderbilt. First pitch at Hawkins Field is 6:30 p.m.
“Any time you have to go back and play the No. 1 team in the country, it’s exciting and you should be ready to face that challenge. I feel like we will be ready on Tuesday before getting back on the conference boat this weekend.”