NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Right-hander Chris Kachmar fired a complete-game shutout Saturday afternoon to lead the Lipscomb baseball team over NJIT, 7-0, in the rubber game of their ASUN Conference series at Ken Dugan Field.
The junior allowed just three hits and struck out 10 to improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Bisons (13-14, 2-1 ASUN) and Highlanders (11-10, 1-2 ASUN) each hung zeroes on the scoreboard through the first six innings before Lipscomb was able to break through in the home half of the seventh.
Junior catcher Jeffrey Crisan got plunked on the first pitch of his at-bat to get things going. He then moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt from Tevin Symonette. Two batters later, freshman center fielder Maddux Houghton put a charge into a ball that sailed over the 375-foot sign in left center to give the Purple and Gold a 2-0 lead.
Lipscomb tacked on four insurance runs in the eighth behind four base knocks and a pair of free passes to seal the victory.
After a swinging strikeout to start the frame, the next six batters reached base. Zeke Dodson and Symonette each recorded RBI singles before Chris Bashlor doubled down the third base line to bring home Dodson and Crisan. Houghton chipped in with his third RBI of the game on a ground ball to short.
Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand trotted Kachmar back out to finish things off for his first career complete game.
AROUND THE HORN
- Lipscomb improves to 8-1 all-time against NJIT.
- Seven different players recorded a hit for the Bisons.
- Bashlor was the only player with multiple knocks, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and his third double of the year.
- Houghton drove in a game-high three runs on 1-for-4 afternoon. The homer was the third of his career.
- Crisan scored a game high two runs. Six different players for Lipscomb crossed the dish.
- Time of game was 2 hours and 26 minutes.
- Lipscomb left four men on base, while NJIT stranded five.
Lipscomb hits the road Tuesday for a 4 p.m. midweek contest at UT Martin before coming back home to host Jacksonville next weekend in ASUN Conference play.