|April 03, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Martinson (2-0)||5.0||2||1||0||1||5|
|Loss: PUCKETT (5-2)||4.2||8||7||6||4||5|
DALLAS – With it clear from the opening inning that the Lipscomb baseball team did not have it, the Bisons still could not break away from the road doldrums Sunday afternoon.
Lipscomb dropped its 10th straight road contest, falling 9-1 to Dallas Baptist in the series finale at Horner Ballpark.
“This weekend I feel like Dallas Baptist was the better team and we got out played,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “They played with a little more spirit, but I think that happens when you get behind early, one day after the type of loss we had on Saturday.
“We have to learn some valuable lessons from it because this is the same way it’s going to be when we play on the road in conference.”
The loss drops the Bisons to 0-10 on the road this season, tying the worst road record to start a season in the program’s NCAA era. The Bisons also lost the first 10 in 2004 and 2012, but both of those teams went on to win their next road contest.
DBU (18-9) got all the separation it needed in the game with two-run frames in each of the first two innings. It scored in the opening stanza thanks to three singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly.
In the second frame, the Patriots stretched their lead to 4-0 when Camden Duzenack slapped his first home run of the season to left center before Luke Stratman hit a triple and came around in the next at-bat on a sacrifice fly.
The first two innings would be a microcosm of the day Lipscomb right hander Brady Puckett had. The 6-foot-8 sophomore lasted a season low 4.2 innings where he allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, four walks and five strikeouts.
DBU went on to score twice more in the fourth and once in the fifth before tacking on its final two runs in the eighth.
The Bisons (16-12) were held to two total hits in the defeat, matching the season low at Georgia on March 12.
Lipscomb’s lone run of the day came on an Adam Lee RBI-single to plate Lee Solomon in the fourth. Joining Lee was Von Watson as the only Bisons to record a hit.
Lipscomb will travel up the road to West End in order to take on No. 3 Vanderbilt in a Tuesday night contest at Hawkins Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
“We are going to get tested even more on Tuesday at Vandy,” Forehand said. “It gets us prepared for what’s coming up and there is no better way to do that than play Vanderbilt. Hopefully it will get us ready for Upstate on Friday.”