NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On its final home game of the 2015 season the Lipscomb baseball team managed just six hits and one run on the night, as the Bisons fell 2-1 to Austin Peay in nonconference action at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Tonight was a great pitching matchup and unfortunately we came up on the short end,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “We had multiple chances with runners in scoring position, including a leadoff double in the ninth, but when you can’t convert on those opportunities, it seems to come back to bite you.
“It’s disappointing no matter how you look at it. When you play at home, you expect to win and tonight we just couldn’t get the big hit we needed. Great game, but we have to put it behind us and get ready to play on Thursday.”
The Govs (25-25) opened the scoring in the contest with a run in the fourth. After back-to-back singles to start the inning off, left fielder Patrick Massoni hit a blooper single into shallow right field to plate Garrett Copeland.
Lipscomb (32-18) scored its only tally of the night on a RBI-single from senior shortstop Grant Massey. Freshman Michael Gigliotti, who reached on a single through the right side, came around to score on the play to knot things at 1-1.
The Bisons (32-18) would answer in the fifth to knot things at 1-1. Freshman Michael Gigliotti started things off with a two-out single through the right side before moving into scoring position on a balk. Following a Governor pitching change senior shortstop Grant Massey singled into center field, driving in Gigliotti for his 39th RBI of the season.
In the top of the eighth with a Gov standing at second base following a single and a sacrifice bunt, Lipscomb redshirt junior first baseman Adam Lee made a great diving stop in the hole, but a bad throw to the pitcher covering first base bounced into the visiting dugout, advancing the runners and thus allowing the go-ahead run to score.
Down to their final chance in the bottom of the ninth, the Bisons tried to rally for the second consecutive week. Redshirt senior Josh Lee ripped a leadoff double to the wall in left centerfield. After moving over on a sacrifice bunt, Chucky Vazquez and pinch hitter Griffin Moore were retired to end the game, stranding the game-tying run just 90 feet away.
Redshirt senior Will Blalock made his second straight midweek start and pitched well enough to win. He tossed 6.0 innings giving up one run on six hits with one strike out, but did not factor into the decision.
“Will pitched really well,” Forehand said. “He was very consistent tonight and his only run came on a bloop to right field. I am proud of how he has performed the last two weeks after moving into a starter role, but disappointed we couldn’t get him a win, because he pitched well enough to get the W.”
Senior lefty Nick Andros tossed two complete innings and fell victim for the first time this season, moving to 5-1. He allowed one unearned run on two hits.
Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb’s 21 wins at home are the most since winning 23 in 2012.
- Gigliotti extended his on-base streak to 23 games.
- Korte led the Bisons with two hits on the night, his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
- Lipscomb was out hit 8-6 in the loss and also stranded eight base runners.
- Josh Lee recorded his 12th double on the season. That is just one shy of the team lead (Allison-13).
- Adam Lee swiped his seventh and eight stolen bases of the season. It marks just the second time in his two-year career the first baseman has recorded a multiple-stolen base game (Mar. 18, 2014 – vs. MTSU).
- Korte swiped his fifth bag on his senior campaign.
The Bisons travel to Highland Heights, Kentucky this weekend for its final three-game set of the season with Northern Kentucky. The series will begin on Thursday at 2 p.m.