NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In its final midweek tuneup before opening ASUN Conference play, the Lipscomb baseball team dropped a 10-0 decision to Vanderbilt Tuesday night in downtown Nashville at First Tennessee Park.
“The experience of playing in a park like this is always fun, but when you play poorly, it doesn’t matter if you are playing in Yankee Stadium, that shine kind of wears off,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “It’s disappointing that when we get this opportunity, we didn’t perform like we are capable of.”
The story of the night was Vanderbilt’s starting pitcher Chandler Day as the sophomore right-hander nearly pulled off one of the game’s greatest feats, a no-hitter. Fortunately for the Bisons, Zeke Dodson was at the plate.
With two outs in the top of the ninth and the Vandy fans clapping in anticipation, Dodson lined the first pitch he saw into center field to break up the no-hit bid. Cade Sorrells then grounded out to third to end the game.
“I wish we weren’t having to talk about being no-hit at the end of the night, but Zeke’s hit was one of our only highlights,” Forehand said. “I was glad to see him push through and get the hit.”
One of the few highlights of the night for Lipscomb was in the bottom of the first when Vandy’s Julian Infante put a charge into a ball that seemed to be heading over the fence in left center, instead Lipscomb’s All-American center fielder covered the gap and leaped into the wall to take away a 2-run homer. After making the grab, Gigliotti immediately threw the ball back in to double off Stephen Scott at first and end the threat.
“That was probably one of the best plays I’ve seen in the last 25 years,” Forehand said. “Whatever spark we had kind of tapered away after that because their guy pitched so well on the mound.”
After playing a scoreless game into the third frame, Vanderbilt (17-9) scored in five of the last six innings before Jeren Kendall launched a 3-run moonshot over the bleachers down the right field line.
John Pryor got the start on the mound for the Bisons (14-10). He lasted three innings and gave up four runs on five hits with one strikeout and two walks.
Day got the complete game win and improved to 4-0 on the season. He struck out seven Bisons and walked five.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 20-3, and have now won 11 of the last 12 against Lipscomb.
- The one hit was the fewest for Lipscomb since also getting a single base knock on February 20, 2015 against Tennessee.
- Sorrells drew a team-high two walks.
- Lipscomb left five runners on base, compared to Vandy’s six.
The Bisons hit the road this weekend for Spartanburg, South Carolina where they will open conference play with three games at USC Upstate. Friday’s opener is set for 5 p.m. All three games of the set will be broadcasted on ESPN3.
“We have to get through this one pretty quick and learn from it, especially after taking it on the chin like we just did,” Forehand said. “Now we have to get ready for conference play on Friday.”