NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team bounced back Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium to even the series with Eastern Michigan with a 12-8 triumph.
“I always like to see bounce back and put up double-digit runs after the game we had last night,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “We got production from multiple guys, up and down the lineup. It’s always a good thing when your offense is clicking like they were today.”
The Bisons (11-8) got a career high 10 strikeouts from sophomore right hander Jeffrey Passantino and the offense pounded out 10 hits in the win.
Redshirt senior first baseman Adam Lee led the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Lee Solomon and redshirt freshman Tevin Symonette followed with two hits apiece while right fielder Allan Hooker drove in three.
Lipscomb took a 1-0 lead in the first when Lee singled to left field, knocking in Solomon who reached on a base knock to center.
Eastern Michigan (6-12) got to Passantino in the next frame as first baseman Mitchell McGeein launched a two-run homer to dead center over the 400-foot sign to put the Green and White on top 2-1.
In the home half of the third, after loading the bases on free passes, freshman Von Watson lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right field, allowing Lee to plate and bring the game even at 2-2.
The Bisons offense hung the first of two five-spots on the Eagles pitching staff in the fourth.
With one out sophomore Michael Gigliotti got beamed and Solomon followed with a walk in a nine-pitch at-bat. Lee then drove in Gigliotti with a single to center, before Solomon came around on a wild pitch.
Hooker delivered the blow of the frame when he took an 0-2 pitch and ripped a laser into the left centerfield gap for a bases-clearing double to give Lipscomb a 7-2 lead.
Two innings later, the Bisons bats continued to stay hot.
Following a 2-RBI double from Solomon, Lee blasted a 2-run shot into the clouds for his second home run of the season, putting Lipscomb on top 11-2.
Symonette, seeing his first action since the March 8th tilt at Tennessee Tech where he took a ball off the eye, crushed a solo bomb over the fence in left to round out the Bisons scoring. The homer was his team-leading fourth of the season.
EMU would not go quietly as it fought back to put up three runs in the eighth and ninth innings before reliever Kyle Kemp was able to shut the door with his second strike out of the day.
Passantio improves to 4-1 with the win after tossing 112 pitches in 7.2 frames. He scattered seven hits, gave up four earned runs and did not walk a batter.
“Jeff threw another solid game,” Forehand said. “He gave up a few runs late, but I think a few of those balls just had eyes and found an opening. His pitch count wasn’t high, so we wanted to run him back out in the eighth. We should have had a handle on it and closed it down, but overall it was a good game from him.”
Kemp worked the final 1.1 innings. He gave up three runs on four hits.
Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb evens the all-time series with EMU 1-1.
- Solomon swiped his 11 bag of the season, tying Gigliotti for the team-high. Symonette stole his third.
- Lee and Solomon picked up their team-leading sixth multi-hit games of the season.
- Lee also has six multi-RBI games, the most on the squad.
- The 10 hits mark the seventh time this season the Bisons have totaled double digits.
- The pitching staff rang up 12 batters Saturday. It is the eighth time it has reached double figures this season.
- With only one walk by the staff, it marks the fewest in a game since March 5 against Alabama A&M when it also walked only one.
- Saturday marked the fourth straight game and the ninth time this year the Bisons have given up double-digit hits.
Lipscomb returns to the diamond Sunday at 1 p.m. for the rubber match with EMU. Sophomore righty Brady Puckett (3-1, 2.77 ERA) will get the nod on the mound for the Bisons. He will match up with EMU southpaw Tyler Butzin (0-1, 5.71 ERA).