NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Lipscomb’s bats went silent as No. 19 Michigan picked up a 5-0 victory and the series sweep on Sunday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The series marked the first time the Bisons have been swept at home since 2014, when the Evansville Purple Aces took three games from Lipscomb to open the season.
"Michigan is a great ball club," Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. "All weekend long they played solid ball, there is a reason they are ranked number 19.
"It was a tough weekend for us, but I thought we grew up some today. That's tough to do after a loss, but we can only get better."
The Bisons (8-6) managed just two hits and six total baserunners in the series finale. Lipscomb's struggles at the plate were not limited to just Sunday's tilt, the Bisons only hit .177 (17-for-96) over the three games.
"Hats off to their pitchers, from the starters all the way down their bullpen, they pitchd really well," Forehand said. "We got beat by a better team. But we also haven't played our best. These are some tough teams the last two weekends, so I think we have been learning. We will get there."
Sophomore righthander Adam Stewart got the start for Lipscomb and went 3.2 innings while surrendering three runs on five hits. Five Bison relievers helped finish out the game with redshirt sophomore Kyle Kemp tossing a scoreless ninth frame.
Michigan (12-3) jumped on the Bisons early by taking a 3-0 lead after two innings. A solo shot from Harrison Wenson highlighted the Wolverines’ 2-run first inning.
The Big Ten foe then added a run in the fifth on an RBI single from Michael Brdar, who later hit a solo homer in the eighth to round out the scoring.
Around the Horn:
- The two base knocks for Lipscomb ties a season low set at Auburn last Friday. Coincidentally those are the only two times this season the Bisons have been shutout on the scoreboard.
- Michael Gigliotti laid down his first bunt single of the season in the top of the third to extend his on-base streak to 15 games.
- Sorrells has also reached in every game this season after recording a single in the fourth.
- Freshman Ethan Cady made his collegiate debut in the seventh with a pinch-hit at-bat. He struck out swinging.
- Lipscomb went down in order in 6-of-9 innings, including the final five.
- Sophomore lefty Alex Dorso relieved Stewart in the fourth and pitched the next 2.1 innings. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out a pair of Michigan batters.
The Bisons will make the short trip to Rose Park to take on rival Belmont on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
"A good thing this week is we have our spring break so it gives us a chance to catch our breath," said Forehand. "But we will get back at it tomorrow and get ready for two midweeks this week at Belmont and then UT Martin coming in Wednesday."