NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team gave up three runs in the final two innings to drop a 5-2 midweek tilt to in-state foe Austin Peay Wednesday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“For the most part, it was a pretty well-played game,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “But we did make some mistakes on a bunt and a rundown that hurt us. Those are the things that are disappointing. But I am not concerned about that because we are better baseball minds than what we showed today.”
Austin Peay (4-2) drew first blood with a run in the top of the first.
Two innings later the Bisons (3-2) took their only lead of the game after plating two runs. Senior Mike Korte and redshirt junior Adam Lee got things started with a walk and a single up the middle to put two men on with no outs. Freshman Michael Gigliotti laid down a perfectly-placed sacrifice bunt to push the runners over and set the plate for Massey.
The senior shortstop then laced a 0-1 pitch through the right side to bring home Korte and Adam Lee to give the Bisons a 2-1 lead and still looking for more. After a single and a hit by pitch loaded the bases for Lipscomb, senior Tyson Ashcraft went down swinging on three straight pitches to end the threat.
APSU rallied to tie things up in the fifth after pitcher Alex Robles roped a double down the left field line to plate Josh Wilson.
The Govs tacked on two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to round out the scoring.
Jaesung (J) Hwang got the start on the hill for Lipscomb. It was his first appearance since May 2013 after suffering a season-ending arm injury in 2014.
“Everyone was excited to get J back,” Forehand said. “I thought it was a great outing for him and he worked us out of a couple of jams. We didn’t want to over-pitch him with this being his first game back, but hopefully he will build off of it. We are really excited to see what he can do for us the rest of the year.”
The redshirt junior threw 67 pitches over five innings of work. He gave up two runs on two hits and recorded three strikeouts and three walks.
Sophomore lefty John Pryor came on in relief and took the loss (0-1). Pryor tossed 2.2 frames giving up two unearned runs on one hit. He fanned two batters.
Robles did not factor into the decision for APSU after throwing six innings. He allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Levi Primasing (1-0) got the win for the Govs in 1.2 innings of relief. He gave up one hit and recorded one punch out.
- APSU now leads the all-time series 20-7. The teams still have two meeting left this season – at Clarksville on April 21 before returning to Nashville on May 12.
- Massey extended his team-best 14-game hitting streak and has now reached base in 20 straight games.
- Hanks led the Bisons with three hits (3-for-4). He had two singles and a one-out triple in the eighth, the lone extra-base hit for Lipscomb.
- The Bisons turned three double plays Wednesday, after having turned just five in the first four games of the season.
- Lipscomb left eight men on the bases, while APSU stranded three.
- APSU out hit the Bisons 9-6.
- Freshman Jeffrey Passantino made his second career appearance in the eighth inning. He threw 1.2 innings while giving up one run on three hits. He also recorded one strikeout.
Lipscomb returns to the diamond this weekend when LaSalle visits Music City. Friday’s first pitch is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m.
“We are looking forward to LaSalle coming in here this weekend,” Forehand said. “They have played some pretty tough teams and will present a good challenge for our ball club. After taking this tough loss tonight, everyone will be looking forward to getting back on track this weekend.”