MOBILE, Ala. – Looking for its third series win of the season on Sunday, the Lipscomb baseball team was held in check dropping a 3-0 decision to Alabama at sunny Hank Aaron Stadium.
The Tide (9-6) got a combined three-hit shutout performance from a trio of hurlers and halted Lipscomb’s bid for its first series win over a Southeastern Conference foe since taking 2-of-3 from LSU in 2007.
“First off you have to give Alabama’s guy some credit,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “He must have been doing something good, because we have a good offensive team and he was able to hold us down.
“It’s hard for anyone to get a two-out hit and we put ourselves in that position a lot today. That is asking a lot from the hitters and you don’t want that. But overall our offense needs to be challenged to swing the bat better.”
It marked the second time this season the Bisons were held scoreless after not crossing the plate against Tennessee Feb 20. The loss dropped the Purple and Gold to 8-4 overall.
The first runs of the game came in the second inning when the Tide loaded the bases with a single and two hit by pitches. Catcher Taylor Poe flied out to right to bring home Kyle Overstreet. In the very next at-bat Riley Colburn notched a RBI-single to center to make it a 2-0 Alabama lead.
The Crimson Tide tacked on its final run in the fourth with another RBI-single to center from Colburn.
Lipscomb (8-4) starter Denton Norman worked into the fifth inning, but a leadoff double was enough for Forehand to lift the junior for sophomore reliever John Pryor. The lefty finished out the contest without allowing a run on four hits.
Norman (1-1) took the loss after working four complete innings and giving up three earned runs. He recorded two punch outs and two walks.
“Denton got himself in a couple jams with a couple of walks and hit by pitches, and that is how they scored two of their runs” Forehand said. “That is just not what our formula is, it’s not our philosophy. You have to be able to overcome that and on a day like today when your offense isn’t helping you, giving those up are even more valuable.”
Alabama’s Geoffrey Bramblett was sharp on the mound all day. He tossed six scoreless frames and only allowed one hit. He struck out five and walked two.
“Their guy put us into some quick innings by attacking the strike zone,” Forehand said. “We leave here thinking we had a chance to do more. We played a pretty good series considering we got beat twice. We did play pretty good, but I want our guys to understand that’s how games are going to be played at the end of the year.”
Michael Gigliotti, Jonathan Allison and Adam Lee recorded the only hits for Lipscomb on the day. Adam Lee recorded the lone extra-base hit with a double down the left field line in the eighth.
- Alabama improves to 4-1 all-time versus Lipscomb.
- Gigliotti recorded a hit for the seventh consecutive game.
- Allison leads the team with a nine game on-base streak.
- Pryor went a season-best four innings pitched. He struck out two and walked one.
- The Bisons dropped their first Sunday game of the year.
The Bisons will make their way back to Tennessee for an in-state battle with Tennessee Tech on Tuesday in Cookeville. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
“We go back and play another good team in Tennessee Tech,” Forehand said. “We talk about it all the time, how every team we play is good. We have to learn some things from this loss today and try to bounce back. It just doesn’t stop. We are pretty disappointed that we didn’t get this one today, but we have to move on and get ready for Tuesday.”