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ATHENS, Ga. – A gem from Lipscomb hurler Jeffrey Passantino put the baseball team in position to take Saturday’s tilt from Georgia, but a walk-off single in the ninth inning gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 win at Foley Field.
“It was just another hard-fought loss for our team,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “Neither team had very many hits, and both pitchers were throwing great. The difference in the game was going to be whoever got the first bit hit and unfortunately for us, is was Georgia.
“I hate it for either one of those starters to get the loss after pitching so well, but that is the game of baseball.”
Passantino was nearly untouchable Saturday afternoon, pitching 8.2 innings. The Fort Myers, Florida native struck out two and scattered five hits, none bigger than the two-out walk-off blow from pinch hitter Michael Curry. The loss moves Passantino to 3-1 on the year and marked just the second defeat of his career.
He did not allow a Bulldog to reach second base until the ninth frame when Stephen Wrenn reached on a single and moved to second on a Passantino balk.
Lipscomb (9-6) had its own trouble at the plate, only getting two hits on the day.
Freshman Cade Sorrells continued his homecoming tour when he singled up the middle to lead off the seventh. His base knock broke up the no-hitter being thrown by UGA’s Heath Holder.
The Bisons let a couple of opportunities slide by in the seventh and eighth innings, when pinch runner Quinn Moynihan and second baseman Lee Solomon each over-slid the bag at second to cap a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play.
Solomon was the only other Bison to record a hit.
Holder went a career high eight innings, the longest outing by a UGA starting pitcher of the season. He punched out eight Bisons, gave up three walks and only allowed a single hit.
“Holder was locating and spotting everything he had,” Forehand said. “He was outstanding for them today.”
Georgia improves to 11-5 on the year.
Around the Herd:
- Passantino moves to 8-2 for his career. The loss was his first in his last eight starts.
- The walk-off was the second in as many days for the Bisons, after UGA used a bases-loaded walk to win 9-8 in 11 innings Friday.
- Lipscomb set a season low with only two hits in the game. Its shutout was the second of the year.
- The two strikeouts by the Bison staff was a season single-game low.
- Michael Gigliotti continues to find a way to get on base. He now has a 47-game on-base streak after a third inning two-out walk.
- Sorrells’ base knock in the eighth was his fourth of the weekend.
- Solomon tied Gigliotti for the Atlantic Sun Conference lead after taking his ninth stolen base of the season.
- UGA’s Skyler Weber singled in the sixth inning to give him a career-high 11-game hitting streak.
- UGA leads the all-time series 3-1.
The Bisons and Dawgs will look to close the series Sunday at 12:05 p.m., weather permitting. Sophomore Brady Puckett (3-0, 1.71 ERA) will go against UGA southpaw Connor Jones (2-0, 4.50 ERA). Rain is supposed to move into the area in the early morning hours, but at game time it is calling for 40% rain with scattered thunderstorms and a temp of 70 degrees.