DELAND, Fla. – Lipscomb’s offense was stymied for nine innings Sunday morning as the Stetson Hatters picked up a 5-0 victory and the series sweep at Melching Field in DeLand, Florida.
Stetson (28-8, 4-2 ASUN) sophomore hurler Mitchell Senger improved to 5-1 on the season after shutting out the Purple and Gold in his third complete-game performance of the season. The 6-foot-7 lefty dealt 13 strikeouts to zero walks while facing just six batters above the minimum.
The Bisons (15-19, 3-6 ASUN) managed just five hits and six total baserunners in the series finale. Lipscomb’s offensive struggles against one of the nation’s best pitching staffs were not limited to just Sunday’s tilt, as the Bisons only hit .144 (14-for-96) over the three games.
Lipscomb’s only real threat to score in the contest came in the top of the fourth when Zeke Dodson and Jeffrey Crisan recorded back-to-back singles with one out. From there, Chris Bashlor struck out looking and Blake Thomas grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the frame. It would be the only time the Bisons got a runner past first base.
Despite taking the loss, Noah Thompson (3-3) pitched well for the Bisons. In 7.0 innings of work, the freshman southpaw allowed three runs, scattered six hits and struck out two Hatters.
The only inning of damage came in the bottom of the third when Stetson managed four hits in a row, including three straight doubles, to deposit a trio of tallies. He bounced back to retire 13 of his final 15 batters faced before being lifted for redshirt junior Kyle Kemp in the eighth. Kemp allowed two runs on three hits in his relief appearance.
AROUND THE HORN
- The loss marks the third time in their last four ASUN road series that the Bisons have been swept.
- Crisan led the Bisons with a 2-for-4 day at the dish.
- Dodson, Thomas and Chandler Chambers each finished with a base hit.
- Lipscomb was just 1-for-11 (.091) with runners on base, while Stetson went 5-for-11 (.455).
- Sunday was the third straight game, and the fifth time in the last six contests, that the Bisons have struck out 10+ times.
- Both squads left six men on base.
- Time of game was a quick 2 hours and 22 minutes in front of 556.
Lipscomb gets back on the diamond Tuesday when it makes the trek to Murfreesboro for a 6 p.m. tilt with Middle Tennessee. It will be the fourth in a 7-game road swing for the Bisons. They will then travel to Kennesaw State next weekend for three ASUN games.