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|Loss: MOORE (1-1)||0.2||2||2||1||0||1|
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – In the game of baseball it is known the final out is always the hardest to get.
Wednesday night in Cookeville, the Lipscomb baseball team found out just how hard it really was as it surrendered 10 two-out runs over three innings in a 12-8 loss to Tennessee Tech at Busch Stadium.
Lipscomb (8-5) carried a six-run lead into the fifth inning and quickly recorded the first two outs, but from there the Bisons went into a downward spiral.
In his first career start on the hill freshman Brady Puckett looked sharp after giving up two runs in the first. He gave up just two hits and struck out a career high five batters before running into trouble in the fifth. With two outs Puckett walked the next three batters to load the bases and end his night.
From there the Golden Eagles crossed the plate seven times before Lipscomb could record the third out. Ryan Flick provided the spark for Tech with a bases-clearing three-run double down the left field line. A wild pitch, a fielding error, a walk and two singles led to the other four runs.
Tennessee Tech (7-7) added two more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to round out the night’s scoring.
The Bisons looked sharp out of the gate, scoring twice in the first inning on an opposite-field two-run bomb from senior left fielder Jonathan Allison. Senior shortstop Grant Massey, who reached on a single up the middle, came around to score.
The Golden Eagles responded in the bottom of the frame with two runs of their own on a single and a sacrifice fly.
Lipscomb scored five times in the fourth inning and at that time seemed to be in control.
Freshman designated hitter Tyler Brown reached base on a fielding error to get things started. Two batters later redshirt junior first baseman Adam Lee launched a mammoth two-run homer over the fence in left center to make it 4-2 in Lipscomb’s favor.
Freshman center fielder Michael Gigliotti then singled and Massey drew a one-out walk to put two men on base. Allison then capped his career night with a 2-RBI single through the right side to bring home Gigliotti and Massey.
Redshirt freshman right fielder Allan Hooker rounded out the scoring with a RBI-double to left. Allison came around for his second run of the night on the hit.
Puckett issued six walks and gave up five runs in 4.2 innings pitched, but did not factor into the decision.
Redshirt sophomore Dalton Curtis took over for Puckett in the fifth and without recording an out, he gave up one earned run on one hit. Curtis also walked one.
Senior Griffin Moore (1-1) took the loss after working two-thirds of an inning. He gave up one earned run on two hits.
- Lipscomb splits the season series with Tech 1-1. The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 15-7.
- The Bisons have not won in Cookeville since a 4-1 victory on Feb. 27, 2007.
- Allison matched his single-game career high with four RBI. He finished the night 2-for-5.
- He also recorded his team-leading sixth multiple hit game of the season.
- Massey led all hitters with a game-high three hits. He was 3-for-4 with one RBI.
- Massey, Allison and Adam Lee each scored a team-high two runs.
- Hooker went 2-for-3 on the night, with both hits going for doubles. He now has five two-baggers in 11 hits this season.
- Massey swiped his team-leading fifth stolen base.
- Trevor Maloney got the win for Tech after working two innings. He did not allow a run or hit and struck out two and walked one.
- Hunter Hanks was credited with two errors in the loss.
The Bisons return to the diamond this weekend to host first-time opponent, Quinnipiac at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The series begins with a 4 p.m. first pitch on Friday, followed by a 2 p.m. start on Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.