|May 06, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: PUCKETT (8-2)||9.0||6||1||0||0||7|
|Loss: BAKER (3-4)||6.0||8||6||3||4||6|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Behind a three-run opening frame from the offense and a Brady Puckett complete game, the Lipscomb baseball team got a big Atlantic Sun Conference series-opening win, 6-1, against the home standing Ospreys of North Florida Friday night at Harmon Stadium.
“This was a solid game for us all the way around,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “When you spot your best guy on the mound three runs in the first inning, you have to think things are going to play out in your favor, which is exactly what happened for us tonight.
“North Florida is as solid as any team in the league and it is as tough as any place to play at in the league. That is what makes this win tonight so big. We are fighting for a higher seed in the tournament and this was a good start for us this weekend. I am very proud of our guys.”
Puckett improved to 8-2 with the win, adding to his league-leading win total. After retiring the first 10 batters of the game, the 6-foot-8 righty tossed his third complete game of the season and the fifth of his career.
“Brady gave up one unearned run, threw a complete game and made three great plays in the field with his glove,” Forehand said. “It was just a great all-around game from him. This is what we expect week in, week out from him.”
Puckett allowed just one unearned run on six hits, while striking out seven and walking none in 126 pitches.
The Bisons (24-21, 8-5 A-Sun) wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as Lee Solomon and Adam Lee got the game rolling with back-to-back singles in the top of the first. Freshman Zeke Dodson then continued his clutch hitting by slamming a double down the right field line just shy of the warning track, allowing both Solomon and Lee to score.
Two batters later Tevin Symonette hit an infield single, but the throw from UNF’s Zach Drury got away and Dodson came around to give Lipscomb a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning Chucky Vazquez drew a leadoff walk before moving to second base on a sacrifice bunt from hometown boy Hunter Hanks. Solomon put runners on the corners with a single to left field.
While attempting to pick off Solomon at first, UNF threw the ball away and Vazquez scored to push Lipscomb’s lead to 4-0.
Two innings later, the onslaught continued as Solomon bounced a high chopper over the Osprey third baseman for a 2-RBI single, his third base hit of the night. Von Watson and Vazquez scored on the play after reaching on a walk and a UNF throwing error to give the Bisons a 6-0 advantage.
UNF (28-16, 7-6 A-Sun) managed to scratch across its only run of the contest in the home half of the fourth thanks to two Bison miscues.
Around the Horn:
- With the victory, the Bisons picked up their first Friday road win of the season and improved to 2-14 away from Dugan Field on the year.
- Lipscomb outhit North Florida 10-6 and now has double-digit hits in six straight games.
- Friday was just the fifth time this season the Bisons have not issued a free pass.
- Puckett now has thrown back-to-back complete games against the Ospreys after downing UNF 2-1 as a freshman in the A-Sun tournament.
- In his last two games against UNF, Puckett has thrown 18.0 innings with 11 hits, 1 earned run, 9 strikeouts and 1 walk.
- Adam Lee picked up two more walks Friday, bringing his A-Sun leading total to 38. He has 85 for his career.
- Lee finished 2-for-2 at the dish, giving him his fourth-straight multi-hit game in a row. It also gave him a career best six-game hit streak.
- Solomon picked up his 14th multiple-hit game of the year and the 12th multiple-RBI contest.
- Solomon now has 3+ hits in eight games this season, including in three of his last six played.
- Dodson extended his hitting streak to seven games and picked up his 12th multi-RBI game this year after going 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.
- Symonette was 3-for-4 on the night, giving him his sixth multi-hit game in his last seven played and a team-leading 14th of the season, tying Solomon.
The Bisons and Ospreys continue the weekend action at noon on Saturday. Lipscomb’s sophomore right-hander Jeffrey Passantino (5-3, 2.78 ERA) will toe the rubber against UNF’s Matt Vaka (3-1, 4.42 ERA).
“Every conference win is great,” Forehand said. “Winning five in a row is great, but we are going to celebrate this one tonight and then forget about it. We have a pretty good one going again for us tomorrow, so we are going to look forward to what Tina can do.”