NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team rallied from two early deficits on Saturday to down Quinnipiac 9-4 and take the series at the friendly confines of Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in nonconference action.
“We had some trouble early on settling in and they made us pay,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “But once our offense got going, it really opened things up for us.”
After The Bobcats (2-10) manufactured runs in the second and third innings to take an early 2-0 lead, the Bisons (10-5) responded with a two-run frame in the home half of the third.
With storm clouds hovering and a light drizzle beginning to fall, senior second baseman Mike Korte and redshirt junior first baseman Adam Lee brought the rain with back-to-back solo bombs to jump-start the Bisons offense.
Korte lofted a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence into Lake Lipscomb, while Adam Lee turned a 1-2 count into a 2-2 tie game with his shot to left.
“There is no doubt those hits are what sparked us,” Forehand said. “To get home runs from your No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, that is pretty special.”
Quinnipiac jumped back on top in the fourth when Bobcat second baseman Dale Long hit a two-out infield single that deflected off Nick Andros' glove to allow Louis Iannotti to cross the plate.
In the bottom of the fourth Lipscomb took its first lead after senior left fielder Jonathan Allison drew a lead-off walk to get things going.
Redshirt freshman right fielder Allan Hooker followed with a triple into the left field corner to bring home Allison. Sophomore third baseman Hunter Hanks then knocked Hooker in with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Bisons a short-lived 4-3 lead.
The Bobcats created a small rally in the fifth when Mike Palladino knocked a two-out single to right and then came around to score on a triple by Vincent Guglietti.
The Purple and Gold responded with a four-run frame in the bottom of the fifth to take a lead it would not relinquish.
Adam Lee ripped a leadoff single to center before freshman center fielder Michael Gigliotti reached on a bunt single down the third base line to two men on with no outs.
Senior shortstop Grant Massey then loaded the bases on a fielder’s choice after his attempted sacrifice bunt to the pitcher pulled Scott Donaghue off the bag at third on a wide throw.
Looking to add to his team-leading RBI total, Allison came through with a soft blooper into shallow left field to plate Adam Lee and Gigliotti. Hooker brought in Massey with a single to right and Hanks followed with his second sac fly of the game to allow Allison to score.
Lipscomb added its final run in the eighth stanza on a double by Massey. Korte scored on the play after stroking a leadoff double to left.
“Mike has been hitting the ball hard, but when you hit it hard and don’t get rewarded for it, it starts playing with you,” Forehand said. “He just kept grinding and it paid off. It was good to see him get his first homer of the season and also a late double. He is swinging the bat good right now and hopefully he can build from that.”
Adam Lee led the Bisons at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a home run, a double and a RBI. He now leads the team with three home runs on the year.
Senior Nick Andros improved to 2-0 on the year after working six innings. He gave up four runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two.
“Nick had a little trouble early on, but he eventually settled down and threw pretty well for us,” Forehand said. “Our offense got going and it picked him up a little bit and knowing you have a lead, it allows you to go out and just throw without thinking about it too much. I am proud of his performance today.”
Junior Kyle Weller came on in relief and finished the last three frames. He allowed just one hit and fanned three.
Robert Hitt (0-1) took the loss for Quinnipiac after giving up eight runs on eight hits in five frames. He struck out three and walked one.
- The Bisons improve to 2-0 all-time against the Bobcats.
- With 12 hits on Saturday, Lipscomb now has recorded double digit hits in nine of its 15 games.
- Four Bisons had two-plus hits on the day.
- Korte recorded his first multi-hit game of the season and now has his first hitting streak of the season.
- It marks Allison's seventh multi-hit game this season. He now has four such games in the last six contests.
- Nine of Hooker's 14 hits this year have gone for extra-base hits.
- In Hooker's nine career starts, he has recorded a hit in eight.
- Lipscomb tied a season high with four doubles. It’s the fourth time this season.
- The one walk issued by the Bison pitching staff is a season low.
- Gigliotti improved his team-leading hit streak to 10 games with his bunt single in the fifth.
- Lipscomb improves to 4-0 on the year when Andros gets the start on the mound.
Lipscomb improves to 9-1 at home and has now won all three of its series in Nashville. The Bisons will look for their second sweep of the year in the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.
“Home field advantage is key for every college baseball team in the country,” Forehand said. “Our guys really enjoying playing here in front of our fans and we want to defend it every time out and so far, it is working.”