Mother Nature finally cooperated with the Lipscomb baseball team on Thursday afternoon after three consecutive wet days in Nashville. Head Coach Jeff Forehand and his team were able to start their annual Purple and Gold World Series.
The Purple squad came away with a 7-3 win thanks to a five-run top of the fourth inning.
“It was a good game,” Forehand said. ”We finally got a chance to compete. The guys look forward to playing against each other.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 3rd inning, when Gold catcher Jeffrey Crisan smashed a solo home run over the left field wall.
The Purple team answered in a big way in the top of the fourth inning. Lee Solomon singled, Chucky Vazquez reached on an error, and Tevin Symonette walked to load the bases. Tyler Brown got an RBI the easy way by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Freshman Chandler Atkins singled through the right side to score Vazquez and Symonette. Quinn Moynihan drove in Brown with a sacrifice fly. Michael Gigliotti then singled to drive in Atkins and extend the lead to 5-1.
Brown ripped a two-RBI double in the top of the fifth to give the Purple squad a 7-1 lead. The double scored Vazquez and Cade Sorrells, who had walked and singled, respectively.
The Gold team tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the sixth, which served as the final inning due to the Lipscomb Athletics Trunk-or-Treat.
Crisan walked and then freshman Jackson Furstace singled. Junior shortstop Hunter Hanks and senior first baseman Adam Lee had back-to-back RBI singles to score Crisan and Furstace. However, that was all the Gold team would manage and the Purple team took the 7-3 victory.
Cody Glenn, an LSU transfer who missed last year due to an injury, got the start for the Gold team. He gave up two runs, only one of which was earned, in three innings of work.
Jeffrey Passantino got the nod for the Purple team and struck out seven batters in three innings pitched. Passantino’s lone earned run was Crisan's solo homer.
Glenn and Passantino will be a major part of Lipscomb's pitching staff next spring, according to Forehand.
“That’s exciting for (Glenn), coming back off an injury. We’re counting on Cody and Jeffrey to be a big part of what we do. I was really satisfied with the starting pitching,” mentioned Forehand.
The Purple team got bullpen help from two freshmen. Right hander Zach Shirey pitched a scoreless fourth inning, while lefty Alex Dorso tossed a scoreless fifth. Gigliotti led the Purple team with three singles, while Brown finished with three RBI.
The Purple and Gold series will wrap up on Friday afternoon. The teams will play two six inning games starting at 3 p.m. Sophomore Brady Puckett and junior John Pryor will be the starting pitchers in game one. The public is more than welcome to come out and watch tomorrow’s action at Dugan Field. Admission is free.