NASHVILLE – After winning the first two games in the series, the Lipscomb baseball team dropped Saturday’s contest against Northern Kentucky 2-1 at Ken Dugan Field.
The Norse took the lead for good in the top of the ninth inning as first baseman Will Haueter blasted a solo home run down the right field line to give NKU a 2-1 lead.
Lipscomb starting pitcher Chris Kachmar began the game on fire. The junior dealt 11 strikeouts in seven innings, only allowing four hits and one run.
The Bisons (5-6) struck first, scoring in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Senior Blake Thomas drew a walk, and then advanced to second and third on a pair of groundouts. Junior Cade Sorrells sent Thomas home with a single to score the game’s first run.
In the sixth, NKU’s Chad Roberts singled to left center, scoring Jake Richmond to tie the game up at 1-1.
Redshirt junior Kyle Kemp entered in relief of Kachmar in the eight, and dealt three strikeouts in his first inning of work before allowing the game-winning home run in the ninth.
Around the Horn:
- Seven of Lipscomb’s nine starters registered a hit. Sorrells went 3-5, while freshman Maddux Houghton batted 3-4.
- The Bisons notched 12 hits and left 16 runners on base.
- NKU moves to 2-8 on the season. Reliever Joe Martin gets the win for the Norse, his first decision of the year.
- Thomas drew two walks to lead the Bisons.
- Time of game was 2:50 with 177 fans in attendance.
Up Next: The two teams will meet for game four of the series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field.