COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Things looked good early on as the Lipscomb baseball team took an early lead but a three-run fifth by homestanding Tennessee Tech led to a 10-1 win for the Golden Eagles on Tuesday night at Bush Stadium.
Lipscomb fell in a road midweek contest for the first time this season, dropping to 16-12 overall. Tennessee Tech continued its hot streak, winning its fourth game in a row and 16 of its last 18 to improve to 24-7 overall.
The Bisons took advantage of an early miscue by the Golden Eagles to push across a run in the top of the first. Junior outfielder Michael Gigliotti laid a bunt down the third base line and got all the way to third when Tech’s Trevor Putzig airmailed a throw to the bag. Junior outfielder Lee Solomon drove the first pitch he saw to deep center for a sacrifice fly as Gigliotti trotted 90 feet to cross the dish.
Junior right-hander Nicko Ortega delivered a nice outing for the Bisons in what was his second career start. The Yavapai College transfer tossed three strong innings of shutout ball. He struck out three and only faced one batter above the minimum while throwing seven first-pitch strikes.
Unfortunately for Lipscomb, the Golden Eagles would score 10 unanswered runs after Ortega was lifted, scratching across runs in each of the final five frames.
In the bottom of the fourth Tech showed its strength in being the nation’s number four home run team when Chase Chambers launched a 3-run shot to get on the board. The homer was the 49th of the season for the Golden Eagles.
Tech capped the game with three final runs in the eighth on two hits, two walks and a Lipscomb error.
The Bisons would manage only six baserunners on the night, two hits and four walks.
Sophomore lefty Alex Dorso (1-2) took the loss for Lipscomb after surrendering three runs on two hits and a walk in one inning of work
Tennessee Tech’s sophomore Ty King was lights out in his first start of the year. The righty pitched five innings and only allowed one run with a season high eight strikeouts.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Tennessee Tech’s pitching staff struck out a combined 14 Bisons.
- Zeke Dodson and Von Watson had the hits for Lipscomb.
- Dodson extended his team-high hitting streak to 12 games and his on-base streak to 13.
- Along with Dorso, relievers Ryan Stevens, Dalton Curtis, Adam Stewart, Dallas Gibson and John Pryor saw time out of the pen.
- The two hits match a season low for Lipscomb’s offense, also collecting two against Auburn and Michigan.
- Gigliotti drew his ASUN-leading 27th walk of the season in the third inning.
- Gigliotti also stole two bases to move pas Solomon for the league’s lead with 12. Watson swiped his third bag.
Lipscomb returns home to host North Florida in a pivotal three-game ASUN Conference series this weekend. The Bisons and Ospreys get play started in the Music City on Friday at 6 p.m., while Saturday is set for 2 p.m. and the finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday.