CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a day when everything was clicking for the Lipscomb offense, it was a late-inning rally by Austin Peay that proved to be the difference.
Leading by five runs entering the ninth inning, the Bisons gave up eight runs, including a walk-off grand slam that rallied the Govs to a 14-11 victory Wednesday afternoon in nonconference action.
Lipscomb (26-20) took a 6-2 advantage in the third stanza and led the rest of the game until the game-deciding long ball.
Nine different players recorded base knocks for the Bisons, led by junior designated hitter Jake Perry who went 3-for-5 with a team high three RBI.
Senior second baseman Hunter Hanks was the only other Lipscomb batter with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 to extend his on-base streak to 22 games.
Hanks drove in two RBI and hit his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third.
Michael Gigliotti, like Hanks, also extended his on-base streak to 21 games with a 1-for-1 day at the dish. The speedy leadoff man ripped a leadoff double on the game’s first pitch, drew two walks, scored three runs and swiped two bases.
In the win, the Bisons stole seven bags, giving them a program record 99 steals on the season.
Nicko Ortega started on the mound for Lipscomb, but did not factor into the decision. He lasted 3.2 innings, while giving up three runs on five hits.
With the Bisons leading 11-6 entering the final stanza, the Bisons decided to go to John Pryor out of the pen. The senior southpaw failed to record an out against six batters faced. After issuing a leadoff walk, the Govs recorded five straight base hits off the lefty before being lifted.
Dayton Tripp came on in relief and quickly got the first out on a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later Alex Robles launched the walk-off four-run homer to end the game.
Lipscomb has a quick turnaround this weekend where it will travel to Fort Myers to take on Florida Gulf Coast in three games. Friday’s first pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.