|May 26, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Florida Gulf Coast||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||X||3||7||1|
|Win: ANDERSON (7-1)||7.1||4||1||1||2||6|
|Loss: TRIPP (3-5)||6.2||6||2||2||2||3|
DELAND, Fla. – The Lipscomb baseball team lost 3-1 Friday afternoon in a pitcher’s duel with FGCU at Melching Field, ending its ASUN Championship ride and its season.
“Any time the season ends it is emotional, especially when you put so much time and effort into something for so long,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “No matter how you try to script it, it never works out the way you want it to.
“The hardest things is seeing these guys leave. It is hard to put a closure on the season. We had some highlights and everyone made an impact, but this is tough right now.”
The star of the game for the Bisons was junior starting pitcher Dayton Tripp. In his time on the mound the Rend Lake product held the potent FGCU lineup in check with just two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings.
“Dayton pitched so well today,” Forehand said. “Hopefully this is a performance he can take into the summer and really build on. What an awesome job from him. This was such a good college baseball game, but unfortunately we just came up short.”
Tripp’s two runs allowed came on a two-out single in the first and a potential third-out fly ball that got lost in the sun in the sixth.
Lipscomb (28-28) was quick to jump on the scoreboard in the opening frame with its only run when Michael Gigliotti drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Cade Sorrells.
FGCU (39-18) responded in the bottom of the inning with a RBI-single from Richie Garcia.
After both teams hung zeroes up through the next four innings, the Eagles scored the eventual game-winning run when Tevin Symonette lost a fly ball in the sun on a Corey Fehribach single. They then added their final run in the eighth on a ground out from Fehribach.
The Bisons only managed four base hits in the loss, their fewest of the tournament.
FGCU’s Garrett Anderson stifled Lipscomb from the get go. The senior righty tossed 7.1 frames, only allowing one run on four hits. He struck out six and walked two.
“Pitching is what our league was all about this season,” Forehand said. “On the third day in the tournament you don’t expect a 3-1 game, but hats off to FGCU.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Gigliotti drew a leadoff walk to begin the game and extend his on-base streak to 32 games.
- Zeke Dodson closed the season having reached base in 15 straight games and also riding a 10-game hit streak.
- All 11 hits in the game were singles. FGCU outhit Lipscomb 7-4.
- Friday was just the sixth time this season the Bisons did not record an extra-base hit.
- Lipscomb dropped nine of its last 11 games to end the season.
- Nicko Ortega and Denton Norman saw action out of the bullpen. In 1.1 combined innings, the duo allowed one run on one hit with three punchouts.
- Blake Thomas got called out trying to swipe second base for his first caught stealing of the season in 17 tries.
- The Bisons say goodbye to seniors Tyler Bethune, Denton Norman, John Pryor, Hunter Hanks, Dallas Gibson and Dalton Curtis.