NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tevin Symonette’s solo home run in the seventh inning proved to be the difference on Sunday as the Bisons baseball team salvaged the weekend against UNCG with a 3-2 victory at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“It feels great to come out and get the win today,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “We had chances to win each of our last three games, but things didn’t fall our way. I am proud to see our guys respond and this time find a way to win it late. We are starting to come along as a team and it’s fun to watch.”
With the game knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Symonette turned on the first pitch he saw and blasted the ball into the trees beyond left field for his first homer of the season. The Bisons (9-11) then rode junior reliever Robbie Knox over the final two innings to secure the win.
“It was a slider down and away and I just tried to get the head around on it,” Symonette said. “That’s something I’ve been working on a lot in practice and today it paid off for me.
“It feels great to have such a positive start to the season. Last year was a struggle, but it’s nice to feel like I am back on track.”
Knox followed a terrific outing from Lipscomb freshman starter Noah Thompson, who went 7.0 innings to earn his team-leading third victory of the season. The southpaw allowed just two runs on six hits and one walk, while striking out another.
“Today was all about pitching,” Forehand said. “Noah gave us seven strong innings with only a couple runs. That’s what we like to see on a Sunday. With every start he’s becoming more and more confident. He has a bright future here.”
Thompson lowered his ERA to 2.08 on the season, while Knox dropped his team-leading ERA to 1.12. Knox tossed two shutout innings with two hits and one walk Sunday to earn his second save of the year.
UNCG (14-5) got the scoring started in the top of the second when left fielder Dillon Stewart lifted a solo homer to left center. The Spartans then added another single tally in the fifth on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Embler to take a 2-0 lead.
Lipscomb finally got on the board in the home half of the sixth when UNCG lifted its starter, Dan Loats, who had allowed just four base runners in five innings. Senior shortstop Blake Thomas got plunked in the back with one out to start the rally.
Junior first baseman Cade Sorrells then drove his fourth double of the season into the left-center gap to bring around Thomas. Two batters later, senior catcher Jeffrey Crisan leveled the score with a RBI double of his own to left field, allowing Sorrells to come home.
Sorrells led the Bisons offense with a pair of base knocks, a RBI and a run. He also recorded 13 putouts and two assists at first.
AROUND THE HORN:
- UNCG outhit Lipscomb 8-7.
- Designated hitter Josh Martinez reached base three times with a base hit and a team-high two walks.
- Crisan is batting .404 on the year and now has 16 RBI. He is just one shy of Zeke Dodson’s 17 for the team lead.
- Dodson swiped his second stolen base of the season.
- UNCG stranded nine men on base, while Lipscomb left six.
Lipscomb stays at home this Tuesday to welcome Middle Tennessee in a midweek matchup. First pitch at Dugan Field is set for 6 p.m.