NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A career-best four-hit day by Adam Lee led the way as the Lipscomb baseball team downed Butler 9-8 Saturday in Game 1 of a Valentine’s Day doubleheader at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
Lipscomb pounded out 15 hits and recovered to get a walk-off bases-loaded walk after squandering a four-run lead entering the ninth.
The Bisons erased an early 2-0 deficit by scoring three times in the second inning.
Tyson Ashcraft started things with a walk. Josh Lee then reached on an error. Junior ransfer Chucky Vazquez followed with an RBI-single up the middle in his first Lipscomb at-bat. Following a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over Adam Lee then added an RBI-single and Grant Massey completed the scoring in the inning with a run-producing single.
The lead grew to 5-2 in the fourth inning when an error by Butler’s second baseman allowed Michael Gigliotti and Adam Lee to score.
Lipscomb struck again two innings later when Adam Lee continue his torrid start to the season by turning on the first pitch he saw and blasting it on top of the batting cages well beyond the left field fence to stretch the lead to 6-2.
The Bulldogs and Bisons each added two runs in the eighth and entered the ninth inning with Lipscomb leading 8-4.
Butler’s bats came alive with three consecutive hits to start the inning. By the time the third out was made, BU scored four runs on four extra-base hits to tie it up at 8-8.
Ashcraft left off the home half of the inning with a single up the middle. After two walks and a groundout, Adam Lee got plunked with the bases loaded to walk in the winning run.
Senior southpaw Nick Andros got the start and gave up five hits and two runs in four innings of work. He struck out two and walked one. He did not factor into the decision.
Senior reliever Griffin Moore didn’t have his best stuff while working the final inning, but he did get the win (1-0). He gave up four runs on five hits.
Butler starter Chris Myjak worked seven frames and gave up six runs on 12 hits for the no decision. Kyle Allen took the loss (0-1) after giving up one run on one hit and two walks.
Along with Adam Lee, Gigliotti had a four-hit day, going 4-for-5 at the dish with three bunt singles.
Check back later for a full recap of both games after the completion of Game 2.