NASHVILLE – A five-run fifth inning offensive explosion propelled the Lipscomb baseball team to a 7-4 win over Michigan on Saturday in game two of their weekend series at Ken Dugan Field. The win was the first-ever for the Bisons over the Wolverines.
“We got into a little trouble in the fourth, but I was really excited to see us get a win and bounce back today,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “The offense is really coming along, I am excited about that. I like to see us fight.”
Lipscomb (7-8) evened up the series at one win apiece heading into Sunday’s rubber match between the two programs.
The Bisons started off slow, grabbing a run in both the third and fourth innings before the offensive fireworks in the fifth. In the third, junior Jackson Furstace singled, advanced to second on a single from senior Blake Thomas, and scored off of a single from junior Cade Sorrells.
In the fourth, Michigan surged ahead with a four-run inning as the Wolverines batted around.
Lipscomb came back with another run in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Maddux Houghton reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded to score senior Jeffrey Crisan.
The Bisons run parade in the fifth began with a single from Thomas, Sorrells reaching on a fielder’s choice, and junior Zeke Dodson advancing both on sacrifice bunt.
Crsian then blasted a 2-run double, scoring both Thomas and Sorrells to tie the game up at four runs apiece.
After a single from sophomore Josh Martinez, senior Jake Perry also singled to send Crisan home.
A sacrifice fly from Houghton scored Martinez, and then Perry scored the final run of the inning, and the game, as freshman Coleman Goodwin reached base on an error.
Junior Chris Kachmar earned his first-career win in a Bisons uniform. The right-hander went 6.0 innings for the Bisons, scattering five hits and four runs while dealing six strikeouts.
“I can’t say enough about Kach,” Forehand said. “He’s given us that for four straight weekends and this is his first win. He was money for us and that’s what we expect moving forward from him.”
The LA Harbor CC transfer has struck out five or more batters in all four starts this season.
Fellow junior Robbie Knox entered in the seventh to grab his first career save. Knox was lights out, retiring all nine batters he faced.
Around the Horn:
- Seven of Lipscomb’s nine starters registered a hit. Thomas, Crisan, and Perry each collected two hits.
- Crisan and Houghton both knocked in two RBIs. Crisan’s 2-4 day moved his batting average to a team-high .517 on the year.
- Crisan has recorded multiple RBI in five of his nine games played this season.
- The Bisons notched 10 hits and left seven runners on base. It’s the fifth game with double-digit hits in the last seven.
- Michigan moves to 4-9 on the season. Starter Karl Kauffmann (2-2) gets the loss for the Wolverines.
- Time of game was 2:47 with 387 fans in attendance.
Up Next: Lipscomb will close out the series with Michigan on Sunday. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m., but may be moved to an earlier time due to inclement weather. Stay tuned for updates.