Nashville, Tenn. - A solid outing from Cody Glenn and three hits was all Lipscomb needed to defeat the Alabama A&M Bulldogs 5-4 Friday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“This was one of those games where we came out and scored in the first two innings and it looked like our offense would get rolling, but you have to give credit to A&M’s pitcher, he did a great job,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said.
Lipscomb (7-3) did most of its damage by drawing seven walks and using timely hitting to score runs. Michael Gigliotti and Lee Solomon each had two RBI to lead the Bisons.
In his third start wearing the Purple and Gold, Glenn had his best outing of the young season. The senior lefty went seven innings, surrendering seven hits and only one run. The LSU transfer also walked one batter and had three punch outs.
“I thought it was a good outing from Cody,” Forehand said. “We were trying to stretch him out a little more than he had been in order to prepare him for the next week.”
Alabama A&M (2-9) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Austin Turner drove Tanner Ivey home with a RBI single.
The lead would not last long for the Bulldogs. Gigliotti drew a lead-off walk and stole second. The catcher’s throw went into centerfield, allowing the speedster to advance to third and eventually score on a wild pitch to level the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.
Lipscomb’s offense came alive in the bottom of the second, although the Bisons were the beneficiaries of a trio of walks by Alabama A&M starting pitcher Jordan Benford. Gigliotti doubled in two runs, and Solomon followed with a two-RBI single to put the Bisons on top 5-1.
Junior lefty Jamie Young entered the game in relief in the eighth and pitched into the final frame where after striking out the leadoff batter, he ran into some trouble loading the bases on three straight walks.
After a pitching change, the Bulldogs plated two runs on a sacrifice fly and a throwing error by Solomon. The next batter singled in the game’s final run on a base knock to center field.
Junior Dalton Curtis picked up his league-leading fourth save after recording the final out on the mound.
Alabama A&M got a complete game from Benford, who threw 150 pitches. He went eight innings and surrendered five earned runs while striking out seven Lipscomb hitters.
Around the Horn:
- Gigliotti extended his on-base streak to 42 games with a walk in the first inning. He also pushed his hitting streak to eight games.
- Solomon and Gigliotti are the only two Bisons to reach base in all 10 games this season.
- Lipscomb has had six or more walks in six of its last seven games.
- Hooker swiped two stolen bases. He is tied with Solomon and Gigliotti for the conference lead with four. At the dish, the trio were the only Bisons to record hits.
- Lipscomb did not record a base hit after the third inning.
Lipscomb will be back in action Saturday afternoon looking for a series win against Alabama A&M. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Dugan Field. Jeffrey Passantino (2-0, 1.42 ERA) will get the start on the mound for the Bisons.