NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb baseball proved to be no match for hot-hitting Eastern Michigan in the opener of a three-game set Friday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium, dropping the nonconference match 17-4.
The two teams traded runs through the first four innings.
Lipscomb (10-8) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when Adam Lee reached on a walk before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later he came around to score on another wild pitch to give Lipscomb a 1-0 lead.
After Eastern Michigan (6-11) leveled the game with a run in the second, the Bisons fought back to lead 2-1 on a RBI-single from freshman third baseman Zeke Dodson.
The Eagles would go on to make it 2-2 after Jeremy Stidham ripped a one-out triple before crossing the plate a batter later on a sacrifice bunt.
Lipscomb starter Cody Glenn tossed six strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked one.
EMU touched the Bison bullpen for 15 runs in the final three innings, highlighted by a 12-run seventh, to put the game out of reach.
The Bisons, who had managed only one hit through the first eight innings, managed to score two runs on three hits in the ninth. Freshman Jackson Furstace dropped a single over the first baseman’s head to record his first career hit and first career RBI, as Dodson came around to score.
Kyle Weller took the loss after giving up nine runs on five hits in one-third of an inning pitched.
Eastern Michigan designated hitter Brennan Williams led the charge for the Green and White, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. He was one of seven Eagles batters who recorded multiple hits and one of six to have at least two RBI.
Eastern Michigan pounded out 18 hits in the contest, marking the most the Bisons have allowed this season.
The Lipscomb pitching staff has now given up double-digit base knocks in three straight games and also in six of the last nine.
In the first nine games of the season, the opponents had multiple hits just twice.
Around the Horn:
- Eastern Michigan leads the all-timer series 1-0.
- The 17 runs are the most given up by the Bisons since a 17-2 loss at Belmont on March 31, 2015.
- Sophomore right hander Ben Lee made his first collegiate appearance, tossing the ninth frame. He scattered three hits and gave up a two-run homer.
- Junior John Pryor worked 1.2 stanzas. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking out three.
- Friday’s tilt marked just the third game this season the Bisons did not record an extra-base hit.
- With seven walks drawn in the loss, Lipscomb has now walked at least six times in 12 games.
- The four errors by the Bisons are a season high.
- The loss was the first at home for Lipscomb since falling in the season opener to Eastern Kentucky. It is now 10-2 at Dugan Field.
- The five doubles and eight extra-base hits given up were a season high for Lipscomb, while the two home runs are tied for the most.
Lipscomb and Eastern Michigan continue action Saturday at 2 p.m. at Dugan Field. Sophomore Jeffrey Passantino (3-1, 2.30 ERA) will take the mound for the Bisons and will face right hander Augie Gallardo (1-2, 6.98 ERA).