NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team got behind early and never caught up as it dropped the rubber match of a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series 12-5 to Kennesaw State Sunday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
The loss dropped the Bisons to 26-15 overall and 6-6 in league play. Kennesaw State improved to 24-20, 8-6 A-Sun.
With the Owls leading 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning, the Bisons were able to push across two runs on a fielder’s choice groundout by senior Jonathan Allison and a single to left field from Tyson Ashcraft.
KSU scored the game’s next nine runs to lead Lipscomb 12-2 entering the bottom of the eighth before junior catcher Chucky Vazquez ripped a solo home run to left field. It was his second home run in as many days.
In the bottom of the ninth redshirt junior Adam Lee launched a leadoff bomb to left center field, his team-leading fifth home run of the season. Allison rounded out the day’s scoring with a RBI-double to right center field, bringing home Michael Gigliotti who reached on an infield single to short.
Lipscomb freshman Brady Puckett took the loss and fell to 4-2 on the year. He tossed 3.2 innings, surrendering seven runs on seven hits.
KSU starter Gabe Friese improved to 4-4 with the win after seven-complete innings of work. He allowed two unearned runs on six hits with three punch outs and four walks.
Gigliotti led the Bisons with three hits on the day. Vazquez and Allison each recorded two base knocks.
Preseason A-Sun All-Conference selection Kal Simmons blasted his10th home run of the season to get the scoring started for the day in the first. First baseman Chris McGowan also had a home run in the win for KSU.
Left fielder Alex Liquori had a day at the plate for the visitors, recording a game-high four hits (4-for-5). He also drove in four runs and scored once.
Around the Horn:
- It was the first series loss to the Owls since 2011. KSU had not won a series in Nashville since 2006.
- The 12 runs given up are the second most this season by the Bisons pitching staff.
- Lipscomb was just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. KSU was 5-for-15.
- The Bisons left 27 runners on base for the weekend, including 10 on Sunday.
- Gigliotti led the Bisons with three hits (3-for-5) on the day. He recorded his 19th bunt single of the year in the third frame.
- Adam Lee now has five career home runs, all coming this season.
- With a 2-hit, 2-RBI day, Allison now has 15 games with multiple hits and 12 with multiple RBI.
- Allison now has 40 RBI on the season.
- Vazquez hit his third career Lipscomb home run. He now has three multiple hit games in his last four played.
Lipscomb will now turn its attention to Middle Tennessee who visits Dugan Field Tuesday at 6 p.m.