NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb baseball team was out of sync from the onset of Wednesday’s tilt with UT Martin, who topped the Bisons 7-3 on a chilly afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
Lipscomb managed just five hits and committed three errors in what was its first midweek loss of the season.
“Obviously there was not a positive result from any phase of the game today that we wanted,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “I have to give them (UT Martin) some of the credit because they held us hitless for five innings before the bullpen came in and did a great job late to close it out.
“It’s clear that we aren’t there yet. We will keep trying to work at it until we find it. But this was a disappointing game for us.”
Meanwhile, UT Martin pounded out 12 hits and had four players finish with a pair of base knocks.
The Bisons opted for a staff day on the mound and used five different pitchers against the Skyhawks. Alex Dorso got the start, his first of the year, and gave up three runs in 2.0 innings en route to his first loss of the season.
UT Martin (7-7) raced out to an early lead by scoring two runs in the first inning. The Skyhawks added single runs in the second and fourth innings before making it 6-0 with a pair of runs in the fifth.
Lipscomb (8-8) got back in the game by plating three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jackson Furstace crossed the plate on a wild pitch before Cade Sorrells drove in Michael Gigliotti with a single to center. A batter later, Lee Solomon brought in Zeke Dodson with a run-scoring base knock. That trimmed UT Martin’s lead to 6-3.
The Skyhawks added an insurance run in the eighth when Anthony Aducci lined an RBI single.
Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb’s all-time record versus UT Martin in the school’s NCAA era fell to 17-10 with the loss.
- Kyle Kemp tossed scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh and he also struck out four hitters.
- Senior righty Denton Norman pitched a scoreless ninth inning. It was his team-leading 10th appearance of the season on the mound.
- Solomon went 2-for-3 with an RBI and walk for his third multi-hit game of the year. The junior started in right field and later saw time at second base.
- Chris Bashlor made his collegiate debut at designated hitter on Tuesday. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, a groundout and a flyout.
- Sorrells’ single in the sixth kept his on-base streak intact. He has reached base in all 16 games this season and also has a five-game hitting streak.
- Gigliotti has also reached in every game this season after laying down a bunt single in the sixth.
- Wednesday’s loss was the fourth consecutive game in which the Bisons have fallen. Lipscomb was swept by No. 19 Michigan last weekend.
Lipscomb is set to play host to the Illinois State Redbirds for a three-game series this weekend. Junior Brady Puckett (2-2, 4.39 ERA) will start game one on Friday, which is set for 4 p.m. at Dugan Field.
“We just have to look forward to the next game and try to improve on every angle of our game,” Forehand said. “It’s clear we aren’t playing up to our capability. When we figure it out, we can be really dangerous, so hopefully we can get going this weekend.”