NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Looking for a three-game sweep on Sunday, the Lipscomb baseball team was held in check dropping a 10-5 nonconference decision to Evansville at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
The difference in the game was the fifth inning when Evansville scored seven runs to pull ahead and never look back.
“You hate to talk about those big innings, but we put ourselves in a jam there in the fifth inning and things kind of snowballed from there,” Jeff Forehand said. “I told our guys that if we hung a seven spot in an inning, we probably win the game, but today Evansville was just the better team.”
The loss brought an end to a season high six-game win streak for the Bisons (14-9).
With the visiting Purple Aces (8-15) holding a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, Jeffrey Crisan and Von Watson led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Lee Solomon leveled the score with a groundout to short before Lipscomb’s leading hitter Cade Sorrells ripped a double down the right field line to bring around Watson and give the Bisons a 2-1 lead.
After Evansville struck back with two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead, the Bisons used back-to-back doubles from Hunter Hanks and Crisan in the home half of the stanza to knot the game at 3-3 before the Aces regained the lead for the final time in the fifth.
“I felt we lacked focus there in the fifth innings,” Crisan said. “Defensively we didn’t make the plays we needed and we paid for it. It was just a bad inning all around for us.”
From there the Bisons couldn’t seem to get much going at the plate other than a lone run in the sixth and eighth innings.
Crisan and Hanks swung the hot sticks for Lipscomb on Sunday. Crisan was 3-for-4, setting a career high in base hits. He also tied his career high with 2 RBI.
“I am seeing the ball well right now,” Crisan said. “I have been working really hard with Coach (Brad) Coon. The coaching staff knows what they are doing here at Lipscomb and I give all the credit in the world to them for helping us grow as a team.”
Hanks collected his second three-hit performance of the week, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Junior transfer Dayton Tripp got the Sunday nod for the second consecutive week for Lipscomb. He lasted four innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits. The loss was his first of the season, now 2-1.
Kyle Kemp shutout the Aces over the final four innings in relief for the Bisons. He only allowed one hit with four strikeouts and two walks.
“Kyle pitched four great innings for us,” Forehand said. “He was really in command and did some good things, but it was just unfortunate we were down so much to really get back into it.”
- Lipscomb now trails the all-time series 12-5 with Evansville.
- The 10 hits allowed are a season high by Tripp, and the six runs surrendered match a season worst.
- The Bisons used four pitchers in the 7-run fifth inning. The Aces collected five hits and took advantage of a Lipscomb miscue.
- Kemp’s four strikeouts match a season high.
- Hanks extended his season best hitting streak to five games, while Zeke Dodson now has a seven-game streak after going 1-for-5.
- Lee Solomon and Dodson pushed their team-leading on-base streaks to eight games.
- The 10 runs were the third most the Bisons pitching staff have allowed this season, and the 14 hits were the third most.
Lipscomb heads to downtown Nashville on Tuesday where they will face off with the Vanderbilt Commodores at First Tennessee Park, the home of the Nashville Sounds, at 6:30 p.m.
“We have to learn from this loss today and move one,” Forehand said. “Now we have to get focused because we have a big week coming up with Vanderbilt on Tuesday and then starting ASUN play next weekend at USC Upstate.”
Tickets are $15 for the game against the Commodores, the 2014 NCAA Division I champions. Get your seats now through the Sounds’ box office, online by clicking here or by calling 615-690-4487, ext. 2. The Bisons' dugout will be on the first-base side of the field.