March 03, 2018123456789RHE
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: MARTIN (1-0) 3.040015
Loss: KEMP (0-1) 2.031115
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MERCURIO (NKU) 402000
SORRELLS (LIP) 503100
HOUGHTON (LIP) 403000
Ninth-inning home run sinks baseball against NKU
Saturday, March 3, 2018
By Logan Butts
Ninth-inning home run sinks baseball against NKU

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.