Puckett pitches Purple to steak dinner in World Series win
Friday, October 30, 2015
Puckett pitches Purple to steak dinner in World Series win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore right-handed pitcher Brady Puckett set the tone early as Purple dominated Black by a score of 10-0 in Game 2 of the Lipscomb Baseball World Series to win the annual fall classic. The six-inning exhibition took place Friday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.

In a shortened four-inning affair in the second game of the day, Black pitched its way to a 5-0 win, but the damage had already been done.

With a 7-3 win on Thursday already in hand, locked up the series and earned the right to have a steak dinner next Wednesday night, prepared and served to them by the Black team. The punishment for team Black - late night field work Friday and a hotdog dinner next week.

Purple controlled Game 1 from start thanks to 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball from Puckett. The 6-foot-8 righty recorded the win with six strikeouts, allowing zero hits and two walks. Canadian freshman Cole White followed Puckett and kept Black off the scoreboard, tossing the final 2 1/3 innings while surrendering two hits with one punch out and one walk.

“I am excited about our starting pitching,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “We have a lot of guys we can run out there, but Brady is one of the best. He was really sharp today. My hope is that he can continue to get better each and every day.”

Black starter John Pryor took the loss with four runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Offensively all nine Purple batters reached base, combining for 10 hits. Freshman designated hitter Chandler Adkins (2-for-3 with a double) led the way with multiple hits. Senior backstop Chucky Vazquez finished with a team-high three RBI after going 1-2 with a double.

Sophomore Lee Solomon (1-for-2, double, two walks, stolen base), redshirt freshman Tevin Symonette (1-for-4) and freshman Cade Sorrells (1-1, two walks) all had two RBI apiece.

The victors scored four times in the second inning. Sophomore Tyler Brown crossed the plate for the day’s first tally on a single from Quinn Moynihan. With the bases loaded Solomon and Vazquez each drew a walk to bring in two more. Sophomore center fielder Michael Gigliotti tagged up from third on a Sorrell’s sacrifice fly to left field.

The home team pushed its lead to 5-0 in the fourth when Sorrell’s singled to right field to knock in Solomon, who ripped a one-out double down the left field line and then stole third.

The game’s final five runs all came in the bottom of the fifth. Solomon drew his second bases-loaded walk to make it 6-0.  Vazquez followed with a 2-RBI double to right field before Symonette rounded out the scoring with a 2-RBI single to right.  

“I love the growth that I saw in a lot of areas these last two days,” Forehand said. “We have a lot of young guys that we have been trying to break in on the mound and in the field, and I think we did a good job of that. We are on well on our way to being prepared for the season, but we are still a long ways off.”

In the second game of the day and the final game of the series it was Black who pitched its way to a 5-0 win and avoided the sweep in a shortened four-inning affair.

Senior Geordie Carlson looked sharp on the mound, working the full four innings. The 5-foot-7 southpaw did not allow a hit and struck out five batters with three walks to earn the win.

On the other side freshman Adam Stewart got the nod and in three frames, he gave up one run on three hits. He struck out two and walked three.

Redshirt freshman Ben Lee tossed the final inning, surrendering four runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Freshman Von Watson put Black on top in the second when he cranked a solo shot over the wall in left center field.

In the fourth frame sophomore catcher Jeffrey Crisan doubled the lead for Black when he knocked in Watson, who smacked a one-out triple, on a single to right field. After Crisan scored on a fielding error to make it 3-0, junior shortstop Hunter Hanks laced a two-run double to left.

Adam Lee (2-for-3), Watson (2-2, home run, triple) and Crisan (2-for-2, double) led the team with multiple base knocks. Redshirt sophomore right fielder Allan Hooker finished the day 0-for-1 at the plate, but also drew a Friday-high four walks.

“Von and Jeffrey Crisan swung the bat well all series,” Forehand said. “Von had a triple and a homer while Jeff had a double and a homer. I thought Tyler Brown swung the bat good and I loved to see Tevin coming back and playing well.

“I am excited about the pieces and the parts we have and not that we are all the way polished yet, but I do like what’s to come.”