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Baseball drops Saturday twinbill at Kennesaw State
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Baseball drops Saturday twinbill at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. – After weather forced a change in schedule for the weekend, the Lipscomb baseball team dropped both games of a Saturday doubleheader to Kennesaw State at Sillwell Stadium in ASUN Conference action.

The losses come just a day after the Bisons won the opener 6-5. However, late home runs from the Owls in both games dropped Lipscomb to 16-22 overall and 4-8 in conference play.

KSU improved to 22-17 and stays near the top of the league table at 9-3.

GAME ONE: Kennesaw State 5, Lipscomb 1

KSU needed a four-run sixth inning and a quality outing from junior Brooks Buckler to take the victory in Saturday’s first game.

Buckler and Lipscomb right-hander Chris Kachmar were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first five innings. Buckler got the better of the battle however, by going 6.0 innings with just one run allowed on five hits and five strikeouts.

Kachmar worked 6.0 innings also, but he gave up five runs on a career high nine hits. The junior struck out three and walked two while falling to 2-3 on the season.

After falling behind 1-0 in the third, Lipscomb responded with a run of its own in the top of the fourth. Senior designated hitter Jake Perry hammered the third pitch of his at-bat over the fence in left to make it a 1-1 ballgame.

The Owls made it a 5-1 game in the sixth when they touched Kachmar for five hits, including two RBI singles and a RBI double.

Lipscomb only mustered just five base runners the rest of the game as KSU evened the series 1-1.
 

GAME TWO: Kennesaw State 8, Lipscomb 6

Game two saw a tough loss for the visitors as Lipscomb was unable to hold on to a three-run lead in the fourth inning.

The Bisons got things rolling that frame when Lee Solomon doubled to left to lead things off. After advancing to third on a balk, Zeke Dodson drove Solomon in on a ground-ball out to third. Following a single from Jeffrey Crisan, Perry did it again. This time it was a 2-run shot from the Webster Groves, Missouri native to give Lipscomb a 3-0 lead.

After the Owls cut the Bisons lead to just one run, Terence Norman put the home team on top for the first time in the finale with a 3-run blast to left. KSU led 5-3.

The Bisons never would go away, however. In the top of the seventh, freshman Maddux Houghton picked up his second hit of the contest with a 2-RBI double to right field. Tevin Symonette and Perry scored on the knock to pull Lipscomb even at 5-5.

In the bottom of the frame, KSU responded once again with a 3-run homer. This time it was AJ Willoughby who connected on the third straight knock of the frame. It gave the Owls an 8-5 advantage.

Lipscomb tacked on its final run in the ninth frame after Solomon walked and Dodson singled to reach base. Crisan then grounded out to the pitcher, allowing Solomon to plate. The Bisons ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts.

Robbie Knox earned the loss and dropped to 2-5 on the year. He allowed four runs on five hits in 1.1 innings of work.

Freshman Noah Thompson was lifted after 4.1 innings where he allowed just one run on four hits and a pair of walks.

 

AROUND THE HORN:

  • Over the two games, Lisp comb stranded 18 base runners, while KSU left 14.
  • Dodson extended his on-base streak to 13 games. He went 3-of-10 on the day with his seventh double of the year and one RBI.
  • Perry entered the day with just two home runs on the year before doubling his total with a shot in each contest. He was 2-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored on Saturday.
  • Houghton went 2-for-3 in the finale to finish as the only Bison with multiple hits. He also hit his fifth double, drove in two runs and swiped his seventh base of the year.
  • The Bisons used five pitchers over the two games. (Kachmar, Knox, Thompson, Nicko Ortega and Kyle Kemp).
  • Carson Wright stole his third base of the season.


UP NEXT

The Bisons come back home on Tuesday, April 24 to host Belmont at Dugan Field. The game will be a part of “Lipscomb Athletics Community Appreciation Day”. The game will throw first pitch at 6 p.m. That day will also see the Lipscomb softball team host Belmont as well at 5 p.m.

To show Lipscomb’s appreciation and love for our community, neither game will charge admission. Bring your family and a friend to watch what will hopefully be a pair of victories over the Bruins!