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Another gem from Passantino spoiled, Michigan sweeps doubleheader
Friday, March 10, 2017
By Russell Vannozzi
Another gem from Passantino spoiled, Michigan sweeps doubleheader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team saw its two-game win streak snapped with an 8-2 loss to No. 19 Michigan in the opening game of a Friday doubleheader at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.

The second contest of the day did not go much better, as the Bisons failed to hang on to a ninth-inning lead before dropping a 4-3 decision.

“We had lots of opportunities today and we didn’t capitalize,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “That last game it seemed everything was rolling our way, but Michigan is a great team and they kept battling back.

“Sometimes baseball goes that way. You don’t have to like it every time, but hopefully this will help us grow.”

Lipscomb (8-6) will try to bounce back Sunday at 1 p.m. in the series finale against the Wolverines (11-3). 

 

GAME ONE: Michigan 8, Lipscomb 2 

Michigan needed just five hits and a stellar outing from southpaw Oliver Jaskie to take the victory in the series opener. 

Jaskie and Lipscomb right-hander Brady Puckett were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first six innings. Jaskie got the better of the battle, going 6.0 innings, surrendering one run and fanning a career high 11 hitters.

Puckett went 6.2 innings, gave up three earned runs with seven strikeouts. The 6-foot-9 junior suffered his second loss of the season, matching his season total from 2016.  

After falling behind 2-0, Lipscomb finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Blake Thomas ripped a triple to center and later scored when Lee Solomon grounded into a fielder’s choice.

Lugbauer made it 4-1 when he blasted a two-run shot over the trees beyond the right field fence in the seventh, but Lipscomb’s Jake Perry answered with his first career home run in the bottom of the frame.

The Wolverines produced a sac fly and Slater crushed a three-run home run to put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth.

 

GAME TWO: Michigan 4, Lipscomb 3

Jeffrey Passantino once again delivered another stellar outing on the mound, but the Bisons were unable to hold on to a late lead and eventually succumbed to Michigan, 4-3. 

“This was a tough loss for us, but Michigan is a great ball team,” Passantino said. “It really hurts that we couldn’t finish it there in the ninth, but I was excited about the way we played through the first eight innings.

“Hats off to Michigan for competing all the way through. They were a good test for us.” 

Passantino had his best stuff on Friday, going 7.0 innings while allowing just one run and punching out six Michigan batters. For the fourth straight start, Passantino received a no-decision after Lipscomb failed to protect a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth.

“I just go out and focus and my job, and the other guys focus on theirs,” Passantino. “The end goal is that it all comes together for us to get a win. Unfortunately today that didn’t happen.”

The two teams traded runs in the third inning with Cade Sorrells singling Solomon home in the bottom of the frame.

Solomon gave the Bisons a 2-1 advantage with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a solo blast from Tevin Symonette provided some insurance in the eighth.

However, Lipscomb blew its 3-1 lead by allowing three runs in the top of the ninth. Johnathan Engelmann’s two-RBI single provided the game-winning runs for Michigan.

“We have to learn how to close games out,” Forehand said “We had troubles at Auburn, we had troubles Wednesday and we had trouble tonight. It’s hard to build off of a lose, but that‘s what we have to do. We will get it fixed.”

 

AROUND THE HORN:

  • Gigliotti drew a walk for the sixth consecutive game in game one and collected a base hit in game two to extend his on-base streak to 14 games.
  • Cade Sorrells picked up a pair of 2-hit games on the afternoon. He has also reached in all 14 games this season.
  • Lipscomb hitters struck out on 27 occasions on Friday, including 14 times in game one. The Bisons recorded at least one strikeout in 17-of-18 frames. The only inning they did not was the final stanza of the night.
  • Thomas’ triple in game one was his first of the season and the first allowed by Michigan this season.
  • Friday’s loss marked the first time that Puckett has taken the defeat in consecutive games. His record fell to 2-2 on the year.
  • Game two marked the fifth time the Bisons have registered double-digit hits.
  • Lipscomb left 13 men on base Friday, compared to seven for the Wolverines.

 

UP NEXT:

Lipscomb and No. 19 Michigan will wrap up the series with game three on Sunday. Adam Stewart (1-1, 9.58 ERA) will get the start on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Dugan Field.

“We have to prepare and be ready,” Passantino said. “They are going to come in here looking for a sweep. The momentum is going to be in their favor because they know we just blew this game. We just have to come out hard-nosed and refuse to lose.”