ATHENS, Ga. – The Lipscomb baseball team fell behind early and that was all she wrote as the Georgia Bulldogs pounded their way to a series sweep with an 8-2 win Sunday afternoon at Foley Field.
“You are never pleased with losses, but I really think this team is growing,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “The patience we have to have with them as we grow and make some mistake on the fly, it’s exciting for me to watch it. It is disappointing for me to see us not play as well today as we could have. But we did have good games the last two days, so if we can come out like that the rest of the season, we are going to win a lot of ball games.”
Unlike the Bisons, Georgia (12-5) had hot bats from the onset. The Bulldogs scratched across their first run of the afternoon in the first when Logan Moody singled and then advanced to third on a fielding error, before crossing the dish on a sacrifice fly from Michael Curry.
The usually reliable Brady Puckett had his worst outing of the season. The 6-foot-8 sophomore worked a season-low five innings. He scattered seven hits, gave up four earned runs and walked a season-high four batters.
“Today was really an atypical game from Brady,” Forehand said. “I mean Brady was good, but he just wasn’t locating the fastball like he normally does.
“To make things worse, their (UGA) guys was holding our offense down and we couldn’t give him any support. That was the most disappointing part today, especially after we had such a good offensive day on Friday.”
UGA scored four runs on four hits off Puckett in the third before adding two insurance tallies in the sixth and one more in the seventh to push its lead to 8-0.
The Bisons (9-7) struggled at the plate for a second consecutive day, recording just four base knocks. Sophomore second baseman Lee Solomon provided the lone bright spot of the day for the Lipscomb offense when he belted a no-doubter over the wall in left field for his first-career home run. Hunter Hanks scored on the hit after drawing his sixth walk of the season.
“Lee got a good ball on a 3-2 count and he put a great swing on it,” Forehand said. “I am happy for him. That was one bright spot today. Hopefully we can build on that, have a good ride home, do a short practice tomorrow and build on it Tuesday.”
Solomon (2-4) was the only Bison to have multiple hits.
Puckett takes his first defeat of the season and falls to 3-1.
Georgia southpaw Connor Jones tosses six shutout frames, giving up just two hits. The junior punched out a career high eight batters and moves to 3-0 on the mound.
Around the Herd:
- UGA leads the all-time series 4-1.
- The weekend sweep was the first for Lipscomb since Stetson took all three in DeLand, Florida on April 17-19, 2014.
- Michael Gigliotti saw his 47-game on-base streak come to an end after going 0-for-4 at the dish Sunday. He finished the weekend 1-for-12 with one run, one walk and one stolen base.
- Catcher Chucky Vazquez lost a 10-game hitting streak in the loss. He was 0-for-3.
- The five strikeouts by the staff was a weekend low. It had punched out 11 and 10 Bulldogs in the first two meetings.
- After getting 13 hits through the first eight innings on Friday, Lipscomb combined for six in the next 21 frames.
Lipscomb returns to Nashville for a midweek tilt against Eastern Illinois Tuesday at Dugan Field. The first pitch is slated for 4 p.m.
“Baseball is a funny game,” Forehand said. “The approach I have talked to our guys about the past few days is we have to learn from this weekend. We have to learn how to play a three-game series on the road, how to play a good team, to being prepared to play 27 innings. Today Georgia just got us, but now we have to move on to Eastern Illinois.”