|March 02, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: J. Bartley (2-0)||6.0||4||0||0||2||5|
|Loss: SHIREY (0-1)||6.0||6||4||3||0||3|
|L. Clarkson (WKU)||4||2||2||0||0||0|
|S. DiPuglia (WKU)||3||0||2||1||1||0|
|Z. Janes (WKU)||3||0||2||1||0||0|
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Lipscomb baseball team traveled to Western Kentucky Wednesday afternoon and could not get anything going at the plate, dropping a 6-0 decision at Nick Denes Field.
“We had some chances tonight to do something, but our offense just couldn’t quite get things going,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “Western Kentucky is a good ball team, the best we have played this season. They are a veteran team and well coached.
“We just have to take advantage of our scoring opportunities and that just didn’t happen today.”
The loss saw the Bisons (6-3) have season lows in hits (6) and runs.
The Hilltoppers (7-1) led off the bottom of the second with a bang as left fielder Kaleb Duckworth sent a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left field. WKU then got a RBI-single rom Zach Janes before a third run crossed on a balk from Lipscomb starter Zach Shirey to give the Tops a 3-0 lead.
WKU tacked on a single run in the sixth after sophomore third baseman Tyler Brown tried to back hand a ball down the line, but it got past him and rolled into the left field corner, allowing Duckworth to come around from second to extend its lead to 4-0.
The Tops added a couple of insurance runs in the eighth on a suicide squeeze and a single to center.
Shirey took the loss after working six complete frames in his first career start. The Houston, Texas native surrendered three earned runs on six hits. Throwing a career high 92 pitches, Shirey rang up three batters.
“I was pleased with Shirey’s performance,” Forehand said. “He got a little upset when they got that solo home run, but he has to realize solo homers don’t beat you. You have to come back and stop that run.
“But I was proud of him and what is capable of doing. We have a lot to look forward to with him.”
Senior reliever Kyle Weller took over on the mound in the seventh and finished the game out. He threw two frames and gave up one earned run on three hits. He struck out two and walked one.
WKU’s Josh Bartley improved to 2-0 on the year. He worked six innings and did not allow a run on four hits. He did punch out five batters and walked two.
Around the Horn:
- Gigliotti extended his on-base streak to 41 games on a bunt single in the top of the third. It was his sixth bunt of the season.
- The shutout was the first for the Bisons offense since April 12, 2015 (35 games) when North Florida took an 8-0 decision in Nashville.
- The five hits are a season low for Lipscomb.
- The Hilltoppers now lead the all-time series 41-37-1 and have won 10 of the last 14 meetings dating back to 2004.
- The loss marks the third-straight for the Bisons at Nick Denes Field.
The Bisons return to the diamond this weekend for a three-game set with Alabama A&M at Dugan Field. The slate is schedule to get underway at 4 p.m. Friday.
“The best thing for us is coming back and getting right back on the field,” Forehand said.