NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team could not hold on to a five-run lead Wednesday evening as Middle Tennessee stormed back to get an 8-7 victory in 10 innings at Ken Dugan Field.
The Bisons (9-12) had no trouble scoring early on as junior Tevin Symonette launched a grand slam to left field as part of a 5-run, first inning for Lipscomb where six of the first seven batters reached base.
Freshman lefty Max Habegger got the start on the bump and looked good early, before running into trouble in the second frame where he was pulled. The Blue Raiders (12-9) scored a pair of runs in the second, another in the third and then three more in the fifth to take their first lead of the night at 6-5.
The Purple and Gold responded when it had to. After two quick outs to start off the bottom of the eighth, Carson Wright drew a four-pitch walk before coming all the way around to score on the next at-bat when Blake Thomas smoked a double off the wall in left center to bring the score back level.
Middle Tennessee, however, regained the lead in the top of the ninth when a ground ball bounced through Zeke Dodson at third base, on what would have been the third and final out, to allow a man to score from second.
Dodson made up for his mistake in the home half of the frame with a rocket to deep center that resulted in a leadoff double – his third base hit of the night. After advancing to third base two batters later, Dodson jetted across the plate on a wild pitch to knot it back up. With the winning run on second base, the Bisons struck out and flied out to send it to extras.
MT pushed across the game-winning run in the top of the 10th on an Austin Dennis 2-out double that scored a man from third.
Robbie Knox took the loss for the Bisons after working one inning and surrendering one run on three hits.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Cade Sorrells and Dodson each collected a team-high three hits in the loss.
- Symonette drove in a game-high four RBI. He has now homered in two straight games.
- Lipscomb and MT each stranded 10 runners.
- Kyle Kemp tossed a team-high 4.0 innings. He struck out five batters, allowed two hits and surrendered one unearned run.
- Thomas swiped his ASUN-leading 11th stolen base of the season.
- Sorrells has now reached in all 21 games this season.
- Dodson scored a team-high two runs and has reached base in 16 straight outings.
The Bisons travel to West Lafayette, Indiana for a three-game series with Purdue this weekend. With weather forcing a schedule change, the series will now see a doubleheader played on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. and the next game to be followed 30 minutes after the completion of the opener. The series finale will be played at noon on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather.