BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Looking to ride its weekend momentum into Tuesday, the Lipscomb baseball team quickly fell behind and never recovered in a 6-1 loss to home-standing Western Kentucky at Nick Denes Field.
“Western Kentucky is a good team and I have to give them a lot of credit because they got on us early,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “But once we are down, we have to learn to punch back. We had plenty of opportunities with runners on base, but we squandered them away.
“We got beat by a good baseball team tonight.”
The Bisons (11-6) recorded six hits in the loss, but were stymied for most of the night at the plate with 11 strikeouts.
“For us to see 11 strikeouts, we have to correct that. Now that’s easier said than done, but no one is going up there looking to strikeout. We will make some adjustments and be ready to rock and roll on Friday.”
Western Kentucky (10-9) struck in the first inning with three runs. Danny Hudzina ripped a two-out double down the third base line to bring around Philip Diedrick and Cody Wofford. Hunter Wood then followed with a RBI-single to plate Hudzina.
The Hilltoppers took a 3-0 lead in the second frame on a RBI-double by Anderson Miller.
It was not until the fifth inning that Lipscomb could get on the board. Redshirt junior first baseman Adam Lee drew a leadoff walk before freshman Michael Gigliotti followed with a single to right field to advance Adam Lee to third.
Senior shortstop Grant Massey knocked in Adam Lee on a sacrifice fly to right to cut the Toppers lead to 4-1.
WKU got the run right back with a leadoff home run by Miller in the bottom of the fifth and then added one last run in the seventh.
Redshirt junio Jaesung Hwang (1-1) took the loss for the Bisons after tossing five innings. He gave up four earned runs on six hits while striking out two and walking one.
Freshman Brady Puckett came in and finished the final three innings on the mound. He gave up one run on two hits and recorded three strikeouts to just one walk.
Logan Weins (1-0) got the win after throwing four scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, had three punch outs and one walk.
- WKU now leads the all-time series 40-36-1 as the Bisons have dropped nine of the last 13 to the Hilltoppers.
- Lipscomb is now just 1-3 in midweek action this season.
- For the first time in 13 games and just the second time all season, the Bisons did not record an extra-base hit. All six knocks were singles.
- Gigliotti improved his hitting streak to 11 games.
- The 11 K’s were the most since striking out 12 times against Tennessee on Feb. 20.
- The six hits tied the third fewest of the season.
- Lipscomb left six men on base Tuesday.
The Bisons return to action this weekend to host Xavier in a three-game series at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.