JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Missed opportunities doomed the Lipscomb baseball team all game long as Jacksonville won a 5-3 decision on Saturday to sweep the Bisons in ASUN Conference action at Sessions Stadium. It was the first time since 2014 that the Bisons have been swept in league play.
From the game’s first batter, Lipscomb had no problem getting men on base as Michael Gigliotti drew a four-pitch leadoff walk. The struggle through all nine innings was the ability to get those runners home.
The Bisons had men on base in every inning, but somehow found a way to only go 1-for-17 with men in scoring position and strand 17 runners, the most since 2005.
Things looked good early on as Lipscomb grabbed its first lead of the weekend when Gigliotti scored on a Zeke Dodson ground ball in the top of the first. Gigliotti drew a leadoff walk and then swiped second and third to set up the RBI.
Lipscomb’s only other runs came in the ninth when the Bisons tried to mount a rally. Cade Sorrells broke out of his weekend slump with a solo home run, his third hit of the afternoon, and Blake Thomas then followed with a RBI single to bring home Jake Perry.
Normally the series-opening starter, junior hurler Brady Puckett got the nod on Sunday for the Bisons after Coach Forehand shifted the rotation. The 6-foot-9 righty cruised through the first three innings before Jacksonville struck for four runs in the fourth and never looked back.
The Dolphins touched Puckett for five runs (four earned) on eight hits in five innings of work. He struck out just two and walked one. With the loss he falls to 4-4.
Sorrells and Perry led the Bisons with each collecting a 3-for-5 day at the dish. Gigliotti notched the only other multi-hit performance with a 2-for-4 effort.
With the loss Lipscomb falls to 17-17 overall and 3-6 in the ASUN, the worst start in league play since 2013. Jacksonville won its 10th straight game, the longest streak since 2001, and moved to 22-16 overall and 8-1 in conference action.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb put its leadoff batter on base in eight of the nine innings.
- The 17 left on base tied a program record for Lipscomb set in 2003 and 2005.
- With first-inning walks, Gigliotti and Hanks extended their team-leading on-base streaks to 10 games.
- Gigliotti swiped two bags and Solomon stole one. They are tied for the team high with 14.
- John Pryor and Denton Norman made appearances out of the pen, each throwing an inning.
- Sorrells’ homer was his second of the season.
- Lipscomb led the hits battle with 12 while JU posted 10.
Lipscomb makes a pit stop in Nashville for a midweek contest with Austin Peay on Tuesday, April 18 at 6 p.m., before traveling to Newark, New Jersey for its first-ever trip to NJIT next weekend.