NASHVILLE – Michigan put up a baker’s dozen in the first five innings, and held off a late Lipscomb rally to knock off the Bisons, 16-11 in nonconference action at Ken Dugan Field Friday night.
After the Wolverines (4-8) and Bisons (6-8) traded runs in the opening frame, it was the visitors from Ann Arbor who made the first run with 12 straight runs, including a five-run stanza in the fifth.
Lipscomb got just two innings from freshman starter Max Habegger. The lefty allowed five runs on three hits and three walks. He fell to 0-1 on the season.
Erik Gutierrez and Alex Dorso combined to throw the final seven innings out of the bullpen. Gutierrez worked 2.1 frames with five runs give up, on three hits and three walks. Dorso surrendered six tallies on seven hits and two walks over 4.2 frames.
Trailing 13-1 after five innings, the Bisons bats finally began to come alive. They scored twice in the sixth stanza, and then plated four runs in each of the seventh and ninth innings.
Zeke Dodson continues to come through with RBI knocks. The junior third baseman finished 2-for-3 with a team-high three RBI, including a 2-run double in the seventh inning down the line in right.
He was one of three Bisons with multiple hits. Jeffrey Crisan and Chris Bashlor each had two base hits. Crisan was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Bashlor was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Crisan now has a team-high 11 RBI this season.
Junior first baseman Cade Sorrells extended his team-best on-base streak to 17 games, dating back to last season, with a three-walk performance Friday. He also scored three runs.
Down nine 16-7 entering the final inning, the Bisons tried to make things interesting. After a quick groundout to start the frame off, Lipscomb drew back-to-back walks from Blake Thomas and Sorrells. Following a sacrifice fly from Dodson, it was Carson Wright and Josh Martinez who then drew consecutive free passes.
Bashlor drove a single to right field, to bring in two runs. Tevin Symonette followed with a single back to the pitcher to load the bases. Freshman Maddux Houghton worked the Wolverine hurler for four straight balls to score the final run for the home team, as Jackson Furstace went down swinging to end the game in the next at-bat.
Michigan was led by a 4-RBI game from right fielder Dominic Clementi on two hits. Four Wolverines recorded multiple RBI and hits, while five scored multiple runs.
Starter Tommy Henry picked up his first victory of 2018 behind 6.0 innings of work where he gave up three runs on four hits and three walks.
Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb is now 0-5 all-time against Michigan.
- The Wolverines outhit the Bisons 13-8.
- The loss marks the fourth game this season where the Bisons have allowed 16 or more runs from the opposition.
- UM left nine runners on base, compared to seven for Lipscomb.
- Senior shortstop Blake Thomas scored runs and drew three walks.
- Dodson’s double was his team-high third of the season.
- Time of game was 3:40.
Lipscomb will look to get back on track when they host the Wolverines at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Junior Chris Kachmar will get the nod on the bump.