|May 06, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Miss. Valley State||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||5||4|
|Win: PASSANTINO (3-2)||5.0||3||0||0||0||10|
|Loss: Zac Uecker (1-7)||5.0||10||7||7||7||4|
|Derrick Lane (MVSBB)||2||0||1||0||0||0|
|Kevin Gonzal (MVSBB)||4||1||1||0||0||0|
|Kanaikai Gau (MVSBB)||4||0||1||0||0||0|
|Paul Hamilto (MVSBB)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|Ivan Garcia (MVSBB)||2||0||1||0||0||0|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After getting a week off from action with final exams in full swing, the Lipscomb baseball team looked plenty rested and full of energy against Mississippi Valley State on Senior Night.
From the opening frame, the Bisons ran over and around the Delta Devils with a school record 11 stolen bases en route to a series-opening 11-1 victory at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium Saturday night.
“It was a good win for us,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “Jeffrey (Passantino) got us off to a good start with five solid innings on the mound and then our offense continued to put pressure on Mississippi Valley all night long. This was a complete game all the way around.”
The Bisons got going out of the gate with five runs on six hits in the first two innings to give Passantino a comfortable 5-0 lead.
The junior hurler worked five easy, shutout frames and only allowed three base hits. He cut down 10 Delta Devils, tying his career high. With the win he improved to 3-2 on the year.
“That’s what we expect him to do every time out,” Forehand said. “It was a solid start from him and we can’t ask for anything more. Hopefully he keeps doing it for us.”
Offensively, Michael Gigliotti led the Bisons at the dish and on the base paths.
“Any time Michael gets on base, our offense gets going,” Forehand said. “He’s been coming on lately and he’s been playing a whole lot better.”
The junior center fielder went 3-for-4 with two bunt singles and three runs scored, all while tying the program’s all-time single-game record with five stolen bases.
“It always feels good to come out on a special night like this and get a win,” Gigliotti said. “The biggest takeaway from today is that we had fun.
“It’s fun to steal bags when we are rolling like we were tonight. We were able to do some extra things today and it was a reminder that this is supposed to be a fun game.”
Designated hitter Jake Perry and first baseman Cade Sorrells paced the Bisons with two RBI apiece. Perry came through with some big at-bats and set a career high with three doubles in a 3-for-5 effort.
Sorrells complimented his two RBI night with three runs scored, two walks and a couple stolen bases while going 2-for-3.
Leading 7-1 in the seventh inning, the Bisons put the game out of reach with four insurance runs in the bottom of the frame on RBI base knocks from Sorrells and Perry and a steal of home from Gigliotti.
The win improved Lipscomb to 23-19 on the year, while MVSU fell to 7-32.
Before the game, the Bisons gathered in front of the mound to honor their six graduating seniors: Tyler Bethune, Denton Norman, Dallas Gibson, John Pryor, Hunter Hanks and Dalton Curtis. The players were joined by their friends and families while being honored with a framed jersey and kind words from Coach Forehand.
“I am glad we were able to get most of the seniors a chance to play tonight,” Forehand said. “Dallas got a chance to pitch three great innings, Tyler got to pinch-hit, and of course John finished it off. That’s what tonight was about, but first we had to win the game.”
Immediately following the senior ceremony, Norman was handed the 2017 Ken Dugan Award, the highest honor for a Lipscomb baseball player. Members of the Dugan family were on hand to present the pitcher with the prestigious award.
Not only was Norman honored before the game, he also made some memories late in the action. Coach Forehand let the hurler get his first career plate appearance, while pinch-hitting for Gigliotti in the eighth. The Katy, Texas native worked the count to 3-1 before flying out to deep right field.
“We let Denton keep the lineup card so he could prove to everybody that he actually got an at-bat,” Forehand said with a smile. ”It was pretty cool to give him a chance to swing the bat. It was a fun moment for him on Senior Night, especially after winning the Ken Dugan Award.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb improved to 7-0 all-time against Mississippi Valley State.
- The Bisons previous single game high for stolen bases was eight, set three times – most recently in 2016 versus MVSU and Alabama A&M. Lipscomb leads the ASUN with 88 swipes this season – 32 more than any other team.
- Gigliotti and Hanks extended their team-leading on-base streaks to 18 games. Perry pushed his to 10.
- Perry and Sorrells collected their 13th game this season with multiple base hits, tying Zeke Dodson for the most on the team.
- The 10 strikeouts from Passantino was the third time this season he matched his career high. He now has 81 Ks to just eight walks in 2017.
- Passantino’s strikeout numbers are easily tops on the team. He is 28 ahead of Brady Puckett, who has 53.
- The Bisons now has four players with 30 or more RBI on the year. Perry leads the crew with 36. He is followed by Sorrells (32), Dodson (31) and Hanks (31).
- Jeffrey Crisan, Hanks and Sorrells led the team with two walks in the win.
- Crisan raised his team-leading batting average to .314 after going 1-for-2.
- Lipscomb left 14 men on base. MVSU left five.
- The Bisons now have four players with double digit stolen bases. Behind Gigliotti’s 25 is Solomon with 20. They are followed by Blake Thomas (11-for-11) and Sorrells (10-for-10).
- Gigliotti drew his team-leading 39th free pass of the season.
Lipscomb and MVSU are set to close the set with a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at Noon. In game one, Brady Puckett (6-4, 3.91 ERA) is set to toe the rubber, followed by Denton Norman (3-3, 1.59 ERA) in the finale.
“Tomorrow will be more of the same,” said Forehand. “Hopefully Brady will get us off to a good start and we can keep the bats going. We want to build on this win and play 18 good innings tomorrow.”