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Northern Kentucky0002300106140
Lipscomb12200600X11150
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Win: KNOX (1-0) 3.121123
Loss: SERVICE (0-1) 3.053303
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MERCURIO (NKU) 514300
CRISAN (LIP) 503100
Bats catch fire as Baseball downs NKU, 11-6
Friday, March 2, 2018
By Russell Vannozzi
Bats catch fire as Baseball downs NKU, 11-6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a rocky start to the season, the Lipscomb baseball team appears to have found its footing for the moment.

The Bisons cruised past Northern Kentucky in an 11-6 victory on Friday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. A six spot by the Lipscomb bats in the sixth inning ultimately made the difference in what was the Bisons' second straight win over the Norse.

Senior infielder Lee Solomon led the charge with 3 RBI, including a triple that plated two runners in the bottom of the sixth. Classmate Jeffrey Crisan and designated hitter Chris Bashlor each chipped in a pair of RBI. The Bisons finished with a total of 15 hits. 

Lipscomb (5-5) starting pitcher Erik Gutierrez tossed three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fourth. He went 3.2 frames and gave up two earned runs on six hits.

Northern Kentucky third baseman Dominic Mercurio went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI to lead the Norse, but the Bisons bullpen kept their opponent in check in the final four frames.

JUCO transfer Robbie Knox picked up his first career victory after going 3.1 innings and striking out three batters. The lone run he allowed came on a wild pitch in the eighth.

Around the Horn:

  • All nine Lipscomb starters registered a hit, including redshirt freshman Coleman Goodwin, who recorded his first collegiate base knock with a single in the sixth inning.
  • Crisan went 3-for-5 with an RBI in his third game back from an injury.
  • Solomon finished the night 2-for-5 with 3 RBI. The senior is on a 3-game hitting streak after an early-season slump.
  • Furstace picked up first and second hits of the season and finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
  • Adam Stewart closed the game out by tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
  • Time of game was 3:18 with 217 fans in attendance.

Up Next:

The two teams will meet for the third game of the series on Saturday. RHP Chris Kachmar (0-0, 1.64 ERA, 13 K, 5 BB) will get the start for the Bisons. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field.