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Miss. Valley State000000300323
Lipscomb01141200X9130
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: PUCKETT (7-4) 5.010026
Loss: Arrington Smith (3-5) 5.1119812
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Kanaikai Gaughen (MVSBB) 311101
Alex Bravo (MVSBB) 301010
SORRELLS (LIP) 313210
WATSON (LIP) 423100
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Miss. Valley State000001002382
Lipscomb21120210X9141
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: NORMAN (4-3) 5.010005
Loss: Kevin Gonzalez (1-3) 1.043302
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Aaron Barkley (MVSBB) 402000
Paul Hamilton (MVSBB) 402000
MCHALE (LIP) 424100
Baseball sweeps series with big performances across diamond
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Baseball sweeps series with big performances across diamond

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team wrapped up the weekend with a full head of steam, taking both ends of a twinbill, 9-3 and 9-3, against Mississippi Valley State Sunday afternoon in the Music City.

The pair of nonconference wins finished off a three-game sweep of the Delta Devils at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.

“We did what we were supposed to do this weekend, get three wins,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “At times I didn’t like the way our bullpen pitched, but we hung in there and got the wins.”

With the wins Lipscomb improved to 25-19 on the season while MVSU fell to 7-34.

 

GAME 1: LIPSCOMB 9, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 3

The Bisons put up runs in five consecutive innings and Brady Puckett tossed a gem on the mound to down the Delta Devils in game one.

Puckett was firing on all cylinders in the opening contest. The junior righty only pitched five innings, but he did not allow a run and only faced three batters above the minimum. The Murfreesboro native improved to 7-4 on the year while only giving up one hit and striking out six.

Leading 2-0 in the fourth frame, the Bisons used five hits to score four runs and blow the game open. Lee Solomon and Cade Sorrells each had RBI doubles to go along with a RBI single from Jeffrey Crisan in the stanza.

Sorrells and Von Watson led a parade of eight Bisons who collected base knocks in the win. Sorrells finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI, a walk, a run and his 11th stolen base of the season. Watson went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.

Jeffrey Crisan continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 effort, raising his season average to .324. The junior catcher drove in two runs and registered his sixth double of the year.

Alex Dorso and Adam Stewart combined to throw three perfect innings, combining for six punch outs. Dorso entered in the sixth and struck out the side.  

The Delta Devils scored all three of their runs in the seventh inning off Ryan Stevens. The hurler allowed one hit and two walks.

 

GAME 2: LIPSCOMB 9, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 3

The Bisons finished off their series sweep of MVSU with another impressive 9-3 victory in game two. Another impressive outing from the 2017 Ken Dugan Award winner, Denton Norman, and big games from young reserves were the highlights in the contest.

Norman allowed only one base runner, a hit, across five shutout innings while facing the minimum 15 batters. He improved to 4-3 in the win while tossing an efficient 44 pitches.

“I was excited about Norman’s starting pitching,” Forehand said. “We went into the series hoping to limit all ourof starters to five innings so that the bullpen could get some work. The starting pitching was great and the bullpen was good for the most part.”

Freshman first baseman Ryan McHale led Lipscomb with a career day at the dish. He finished 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored.

Jackson Furstace and Josh Martinez each collected three base hits. Martinez was 3-for-5 with a career high three RBI and three runs. He also blasted his first career home run in the sixth.

“I didn’t think it was going to go over when I first hit it,” Martinez said. “When I saw it go over, I was just excited to get my first one out of the way. All I was thinking was “don’t trip.”

Furstace posted a 3-for-4 afternoon with two RBI and a run.

“I got my at-bats and saw good pitches and put good swings on them,” Furstace said. “It feels awesome to get some consistent at-bats and get my approach down in the box. The team’s been playing great, our pitchers have been shoving, and our hitting is doing well. I’m excited to see what’s ahead in the next few weeks.”

Hunter Hanks also picked up a multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.

  

AROUND THE HORN:

  • Lipscomb improved to 9-0 all-time in the series.
  • Gigliotti and Hanks extended their on-base streaks to 20 games.
  • Sorrells collected his team leading 14th multi-hit game of the season.
  • The Bisons swiped four more bases on Sunday bringing their season total to 92, the fourth most in a single season in program history.
  • All three starting pitchers tossed exactly five innings this weekend and each picked up the win.


UP NEXT:

Lipscomb will host Alabama A&M on Tuesday at Dugan Field with a 6 p.m. first pitch. The Bisons will then travel to Austin Peay on Wednesday at 1 p.m. to make up a game that was canceled due to rain in April.   

“We’ll need more of the same: good starting pitching and timely hitting,” Forehand said. “School’s out and we’ve got the opportunity to catch our breath a little bit and just play ball. The players are excited to not have to wake up and go to class tomorrow.”