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Win: Stutzman (3-1) 2.031102
Loss: KEMP (0-1) 1.013010
CRISAN (LIP) 412100
Reynolds (DBU) 411000
Duce (DBU) 311010
Sepanek (DBU) 311010
Duzenack (DBU) 321000
Heartbreak in the Lone Star for baseball as DBU rallies late
Saturday, April 2, 2016
By Kirk Downs
Heartbreak in the Lone Star for baseball as DBU rallies late

DALLAS – On a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon at Horner Ballpark, the Lipscomb baseball team dropped a 6-5 decision against Dallas Baptist in nonconference action.

Lipscomb falls to 0-2 on its first-ever trip to the Lone Star state after also losing a 10-3 game Friday night.

"We just gave this one away," Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. "We led all game long and we ended up walking guys, hitting batters and not making the routine plays. That led to Dallas Baptist coming back and eventually taking the lead. If we make the plays in the final two innings we win the game. It was disppointing to see."

With the Bisons leading 5-3 and the bases loaded for DBU with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, reliever Kyle Kemp induced a ground ball that took a bad hop off the body of first baseman Adam Lee. After collecting himself and getting to the ball, Lee underhanded it to Kemp for what looked to be the final out of the inning. However, it was ruled his foot was off the bag and two runs scored.

Kemp then rushed a throw trying to get the runner at third, but it sailed high and into left field, allowing the bases to clear and giving the Patriots a one-run advantage.

The loss wasted a gem from sophomore hurler Jeffrey Passantino. The Fort Myers, Florida native allowed just two hits and one earned run in 6.0 innings of work. He struck out seven batters and walked a career high four. 

The Bisons (16-11) offense got going much earlier Saturday with three runs in the fourth inning. Sophomore Michael Gigliotti recorded the first hit of the game from either side when he punched a single into left field. Redshirt freshman Tevin Symonette, after finding himself in a 0-2 hole, spanked a ball to the wall in left centerfield for this third triple of the season, allowing Gigliotti to score from first.

Two batters later freshman Von Watson extended the Bisons lead to 3-0 when he crushed a ball over the high wall in left and into the home bullpen for his long anticipated first career home run.

"I am so happy for Von," Forehand said. "I wasn't sure if that ball was going to get out in that wind, but he did get a good swing on it. This is what we have been waiting for all season and hopefuly it will keep him going into conference play next week."

Lipscomb added a run in the top of the fifth when Gigliotti grounded out to second base, bringing home sophomore backstop Jeffrey Crisan who reached on a one-out double two batters earlier.

The Purple and Gold continued to swing hot bats in the seventh and managed to extend the lead to 5-0. Redshirt junior designated hitter Tyler Bethune got things rolling with a leadoff single to right field.

After freshman first baseman Cade Sorrells laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Bethune to second, Crisan ripped a single to left field, plating Bethune for his fifth RBI of the year.

Dallas Baptist (17-9) kept plugging away and eventually got to the Lipscomb bullpen for three runs in the eighth and three in the ninth. It scored all six tallies on three hits and three Lipscomb errors.

Kemp got tagged with the loss, falling to 0-1. He gave up three runs on one hit and a walk. 

Sean Stutzman picked up the win, improving to 3-1 for DBU. He tossed 2.0 frames, surrendering one run on three hits and a walk.


Around the Herd:

  • Lipscomb falls to 0-9 on the road.
  • The three runners left on base were a season low for the Bisons.
  • Crisan finished 2-for-4, tying his season high in hits. He also extended his hitting streak to six games.
  • Gigliotti was 2-for-4 and was the only other Bison to finish with multi hits.
  • Sorrells got the start at first base and finished 0-for-2. 
  • Passantino has now struck out at least seven baters in five of his seven tilts this season. He only achieved that feat twice all of 2015.
  • The outing was just the second time in 14 career starts that Passantino did not factor into a decision. The only other came in his very first career start on April 11, 2015 against North Florida. 
  • Dallas Gibson and Alex Dorso each made relief appearances in the three-run seventh frame.
  • The one walk drawn by the Bisons matches a season low that happened in the Friday game at Georgia.
  • With four errors Lipscomb tied a season high. 


Up Next:

The series will wrap up Sunday with a 1 p.m. start time. Sophomore righty Brady Puckett (5-1, 2.30 ERA) will start on the mound for the Bisons. DBU is undecided on who will get the nod.

"A big reason we came here to play was so we could get the atmosphere and get this team ready for conference play," Forehand said. "That is a good team over there in DBU. If we do the same things we did today against our league opponents, we wil get the same result.

"I am disappointed with the loss, but we are a young team that is learning and growing. Now we just have to continue to build from this loss and get  back at it tomorrow."