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|Loss: ORTEGA (0-1)||0.1||0||3||1||2||0|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chris Kachmar got just about everything he wanted against Kent State in his second career start at Ken Dugan Field. The only thing missing was the W, as the Bisons found themselves on the losing end of a 3-1 decision Saturday afternoon in the second game of the Southern Athletic Field Dirt Classic.
“This was such a good game,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I felt we got back on track after playing so poorly on Friday, and that’s the exciting part to me. They just made one more play than we did today.”
The junior college transfer was outstanding once again. He worked six shutout innings and struck out five batters. When he exited the game, the Bisons (2-4) were leading 1-0. However, the Golden Flashes (3-2) had other plans.
“Chris pitched great, and that’s the expectation we have of him,” Forehand said. “He had great stuff today. Now he may not have that every time, but he is going to give us a quality start every time out. I am excited for him.”
Senior right-hander Nicko Ortega entered in relief in the seventh and quickly found himself in trouble. After a quick fly out to center field, Ortega loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batsman before he was lifted.
Junior Robbie Knox replaced Ortega on the mound and got the first batter to hit a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing the score to 1-1. He looked to have gotten out of the jam on the next batter with a deep fly ball to left field, but Lipscomb’s Joshua Martinez was unable to reel it in after the ball glanced off his glove and fell to the turf, allowing Kent State to score a pair and take the lead for good at 3-1.
The Bisons jumped on the scoreboard with a run in the third after Lee Solomon got things rolling with a leadoff HBP. Zeke Dodson ripped a single through the right side two batters later, before Jake Perry drove Solomon home on a line drive to center.
Over the next six innings, Lipscomb never got a runner past second base.
“Sometimes the game of baseball is difficult,” Forehand said. “Kent State’s pitchers were fantastic today, but I have confidence in our offense. I know we will get rolling at some point. We just have to be patient and wait on it.”
Kent State’s staff allowed just three hits and struck out 14 Bisons. Starter Joey Murray moved to 1-0 on the year with a 5-inning effort on 90 pitches. He allowed one run on three hits and seven punchouts.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Kachmar owns a 1.64 ERA after two career starts. In 11.0 innings, he has allowed just two runs while striking out a team high 13 batters.
- Along with Dodson and Perry, shortstop Blake Thomas recorded the only other hit for Lipscomb – a single to the pitcher in the second inning.
- Dodson and Thomas led the team with two walks apiece.
- 10 different batters struck out at the plate for the Bisons, led by Chris Bashlor’s three.
- Thomas swiped his second stolen base of the season.
The Bisons wrap up the SAF Dirt Classic at 1 p.m. on Sunday when Fairleigh Dickinson visits Dugan Field.
“We will be back tomorrow ready to do this again,” Forehand said.