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|Win: KRZEMINSKI (2-1)||3.0||2||1||1||1||0|
|Loss: PRYOR (1-1)||2.2||5||6||6||2||1|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The curse of E.S. Rose Park continued for the Lipscomb baseball team Tuesday.
Behind five home runs and 13 walks the Belmont Bruins ran Lipscomb out of Rose Park, 23-6, in midweek action. It marks the seventh straight victory for Belmont in the series on their home turf.
"This was a tough game tonight," Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. "We have to give all the credit to Belmont. They played a great game and really hit the ball. We have to learn from an embarrassing situation.
"Fortunately we play again on Thursday and can get back to it and not dwell on this one too long. We will be better, one way or another."
Lipscomb has now dropped its last three contests at Belmont by a combined score of 53-11.
The Bisons pitching staff had its worst outing in nearly three seasons with the 23 runs given up. It was the second-most runs allowed by the Bisons in the program’s NCAA era. Butler scored 24 in 2013.
Lipscomb (12-9) took an early 1-0 lead on a Tevin Symonette blast to left field in the second inning. It was his team-leading fifth homer of the season.
Belmont (12-8) erupted for a 7-run third inning and never looked back en route to the win over the Bisons. After the Bisons answered with a run in the fourth, Belmont countered with five runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame to jump out to a 12-2 advantage.
Lipscomb showed life in the fifth inning with a three-run blast from sophomore second baseman Lee Solomon to make it a 12-5 contest.
Belmont went on to add two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and five in the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Bisons. Lipscomb added a run in the ninth on a RBI-double from freshman Jackson Furstace in the top of the ninth to round out the scoring.
Junior lefty John Pryor took the loss for Lipscomb giving up six runs in 2.2 innings of work. He struck out two and walked two.
In all, the Bisons would use a season-high nine pitchers on the night with only Dalton Curtis escaping without a run being tagged to him by working the ninth.
Freshman Austin Krzeminski improved to 2-1 on the season for Belmont, allowing one run in three innings of work. The right hander scattered two hits along with walking one.
Around the Horn:
- Belmont leads the all-time series 28-18 since the teams joined Division I.
- The 13 walks given up were a season high for the Bisons pitching staff.
- The five home runs given up by the Bisons are the most in a single game since the Bruins hit five a season ago on March 31, 2015. Belmont now has 12 home runs against the Lipscomb pitching staff in its last three games at Rose Park.
- Solomon’s homer was the second of his career.
- Sophomore Michael Gigliotti ripped his second triple of the season in the loss.
- Jeffrey Crisan hit his second double of the year in the ninth inning.
- Symonette continued his team-best six-game hitting streak.
- Adam Lee has now reached bases in 11 straight games, a team high.
The Bisons will host Mississippi Valley State in a three-game series this weekend in the Music City at Dugan Field. With Easter being this weekend, the set is scheduled to get under way at 6 p.m. Thursday, before closing the set with 4 p.m. and 1 p.m. tilts on Friday and Saturday.