COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team made its second road trip of the season Tuesday with a midweek meeting against Tennessee Tech. Behind four home runs, nine doubles and four walks, the Golden Eagles ran past the Bisons, 27-7, in Cookeville.
The 27 runs scored by the Golden Eagles (5-2) are the most Lipscomb (3-5) has ever given up in a game in the program’s NCAA era. The previous high was 24 against Butler in 2013.
Already leading 1-0, TTU erupted for an 11-run second inning and never looked back. The Golden Eagles scored in all but one inning on the night, including three runs in the fourth, and five in each of the fifth and eighth frames.
The Bisons finally saw senior second baseman Lee Solomon get going when he hammered a 2-RBI homer to left center field in the top of the third to get Lipscomb on the scoreboard. He finished 1-for-3 and scored two runs in the loss.
Lipscomb would try to put a dent in the deficit with four runs of its own in the fifth. Freshman Maddux Houghton led off with his first-career home run on an 8-pitch at-bat in the top of the inning. Later in the frame, senior Jeffrey Crisan entered action as a pinch hitter and made the move count with a 3-run bomb to left field, scoring Solomon and Cade Sorrells as well. That cut the Golden Eagles lead to 16-6.
The only other run the Purple and Gold would salvage was a solo shot to center field by senior shortstop Blake Thomas. The long ball was the first of Thomas’ career.
On the mound, senior righty Dayton Tripp (0-2) took the loss after failing to make it out of the second inning. He gave up 10 earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 1.1 innings.
In all, the Bisons would use six pitchers on the night with every one of them giving up at least one run.
Tennessee Tech was led at the plate by their senior first baseman Chase Chambers – the brother of Lipscomb’s Chandler Chambers. The lefty hung a 5-for-6 night at the dish with four runs scored, a double, a home run and two RBI.
Around the Horn:
- Even behind a season high seven runs scored, Lipscomb has now dropped nine straight games at Bush Stadium.
- The Bisons offense struck out 13 times in the loss. It’s the second highest total of the season and the third time with 10+.
- The two walks drawn was a season low.
- Eight different players recorded one hit for Lipscomb.
- Solomon scored a team high two runs, while Crisan drove in a team high three runs.
- Brennon Kaleiwahea was 4-for-6 with seven RBI and three runs, while Cody Littlejohn was 4-of-6 with three doubles, four runs and eight RBI.
The Bisons will host Northern Kentucky in a four-game series this weekend in the Music City at Dugan Field. The games are set for 2 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday’s finale.
Lipscomb originally scheduled games with UT Martin on Wednesday Feb. 28 has been canceled due to weather moving into the area.