NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Stetson scored six times in the ninth inning to rally and top the Lipscomb baseball team 9-6 Sunday afternoon in Atlantic Sun Conference action at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Obviously this loss hurts,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “You can’t give up a three-run lead in the ninth inning at home this late in the season. Given the opportunity again, I don’t think I would have changed anything though. We had our best guy out there looking to close the game, but it just didn’t go our way.”
Stetson's designated hitter Patrick Mazeika hit a one-out, bases-clearing double to take an 8-6 lead as the Hatters (26-27, 10-8 A-Sun) grab the rubber match over the Bisons (32-17, 10-8 A-Sun).
Lipscomb finished with 11 hits and had three players with multiple base knocks. Adam Lee picked up three hits, while Jonathan Allison and Mike Korte each had two.
Reliever Jason Ziegler took the loss and fell to 0-3 after giving up six runs in the ninth inning. Lipscomb starting pitcher Brady Puckett worked into the seventh inning, giving up two earned runs, six hits and a walk while striking out three.
Stetson reliever Kevin Fagan (2-1) earned the win after working two innings. Tyler Warmouth picked up his ninth save by working a perfect ninth inning. Starter Walker Sheller worked 5.2 frames, giving up four runs, nine hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
The Hatters grabbed an early 2-0 lead, plating a run in each of the first two innings on a double from Will Mackenzie and a single by Vance Vizcaino.
The Bisons started chipping away at the deficit in the bottom of the fourth when senior Jonathan Allison led off the frame with a single before redshirt junior Adam Lee followed with a double two batters later. Redshirt senior Josh Lee then brought in Allison on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop.
An inning later Lipscomb tied things up after senior Mike Korte led off the inning with a triple into the right field corner. Senior Grant Massey knocked him in with a single up the middle.
Adam Lee gave the Bisons their first lead of the day in the sixth by launching his seventh home run of the season. Hunter Hanks then added to the lead with a sacrifice fly that scored Chucky Vazquez for a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh senior Griffin Moore, in only his third at-bat of the season, pushed Lipscomb’s lead to three when he smashed a 2-0 count into Lake Lipscomb for his first home run of the year.
Hanks tacked on the final run of the day in the eighth with another sacrifice fly.
Ziegler took over in the ninth looking for his sixth save of the year, but instead left with his third loss. The southpaw loaded the bases with back-to-back hits and a walk. Vizcaino then singled to cut Lipscomb’s lead to one run before Mazeika’s clutch double proved to be the killer.
Will Mackenzie added the final run of the day with a single to right.
Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb has now dropped six straight regular-season series’ to the Hatters, losing 15 of the last 18 against them.
- Gigliotti extended his on-base streak to 22 games.
- Allison now has a team-leading 18 multi-hit games.
- Adam Lee has homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. His seven bombs are the most by a Bison since Zach Lowry’s 10 in 2013.
- Forehand is just one win shy of No. 450 for his career.
Lipscomb turns its attention to Austin Peay as the Governors travel to Dugan Field for a midweek tilt on Tuesday. The matchup will be the 2015 home finale for the Bisons. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
“We have to put this one behind us and move on,” Forehand said. “After a tough loss like this one, you want to get back out there as soon as possible. Austin Peay is a tough team and we better be ready to play.”