|March 15, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: NORMAN (2-1)||8.0||5||1||1||0||7|
|Loss: Scaglione (0-3)||6.0||7||3||3||1||4|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind eight strong innings from junior hurler Denton Norman, the Lipscomb baseball team did some spring cleaning Sunday with a 3-1 victory to earn a sweep of Quinnipiac at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Denton threw a great game for us today,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “He didn’t have his best stuff the last time out, but when you can come back with seven strikeouts and no walks in the next game, it really says a lot about who he is. I think this performance will get him back on track.”
The win finished off the third series sweep for Lipscomb this season after downing Butler and La Salle earlier in the year.
The Bisons scored all the runs in would need with two in the first inning. Redshirt junior first baseman Adam Lee and senior shortstop Grant Massey got the ball rolling with back-to-back singles. Senior center fielder Jonathan Allison followed with a single to left to bring around Adam Lee.
Two batters later sophomore third baseman Hunter Hanks plated Massey with a sacrifice fly to right.
Quinnipiac (2-11) answered back with a one-out triple to dead center field from designated hitter John Bodenhanmer. Left fielder Dale Long knocked the run in with an infield single.
In the fifth inning Lipscomb decided to add an insurance tally after Adam Lee drew a four-pitch walk with one out. After he stole second, Allison ripped a double down the right field line to plate the run and record his ninth RBI of the week.
“I felt good today,” Allison said. “It’s always fun when the weather is good and today was probably our first good-weather game of the year. The biggest thing today was my teammates kept getting on base to give me the opportunities to be successful.
“I have been working a little harder with this being my last go around and I have had to change my mentality after moving from leadoff to the No. 3 spot. With Massey, Gigliotti getting on base and Adam Lee swinging a great bat in front of me, I have to have quality at-bats in order to get those guys in.”
Norman (2-1) gets the win for Lipscomb. He tossed eight frames and allowed just one run on four hits. He recorded a season-high seven punch outs and did not walk a batter.
John Pryor came in to finish the game and pitched a perfect ninth frame to earn his first-career save.
Joseph (0-3) Scaglione took the loss for the Bobcats after working six innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out four and walked one.
With the Bisons giving freshman Michael Gigliotti a day off, Allison slid over to a familiar position in center field and produced in the field and at the plate. He led the Lipscomb offense Sunday with a 3-for-4 day and a game-high two RBI.
“As a team we have to continue having quality at-bats,” Allison said. “Our pitching has been big for us this season so far and we just have to keep it going in order to reach our goals as a team.
“Everyone has been doing well this year. It should be a fun run from here on out.”
- Lipscomb gets its third home series sweep of the season and improves to 3-0 all-time against Quinnipiac.
- The Bisons improved to 10-1 at home this season.
- Norman picked off his league-leading third and fourth runners of the year in the win.
- Adam Lee had a monster week for the Bisons. He batted .500 (7-for-14), scored six runs, recorded four RBI and hit one double and two home runs.
- Allison finished the week going 7-for-17 with nine RBI and four runs scored. He also ripped a couple of extra-base hits with a double and a home run.
- Allison recorded his team-leading eighth multi-hit game of the season. Adam Lee is second with six. They each have five multi-RBI games to lead the team.
- Massey finished the day with a couple of hits. He was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
- Josh Lee hit his sixth double of the season.
- Adam Lee was moved from the No. 9 hitter to the leadoff with Gigliotti’s absence.
The Bisons will travel to Bowling Green on Tuesday Mar. 17 to battle Western Kentucky in a 6 p.m. midweek tilt.
”We love to play at home,” Forehand said with a smile.” I just hope we can take this momentum and keep it rolling into Tuesday.”