NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team pushed across three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, but it was not enough as the Bisons fell to Belmont 8-6 on Community Appreciation Day at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
Trailing 6-3 entering the final frame, the Bruins (15-25) extended the inning on a Lipscomb miscue and scored a pair on a double from Zach Ehrhart and a groundball out from Chas Hadden to give them an 8-3 advantage.
The Bisons answered with a big inning of their own. After Belmont freshman Logan Bowen loaded the bases on three straight free passes, designated hitter Jake Perry ripped a single through the left side to bring home Allan Hooker. In the next at-bat, catcher Chris Bashlor hammered a 2-RBI single to left field to score Zeke Dodson and Maddux Houghton, while Perry advanced to second still with no outs.
Following a sacrifice bunt from Cade Sorrells that advanced the tying run into scoring position, head coach Jeff Forehand immediately made a couple of moves.
Lee Solomon went to second as a pinch-runner, while the team’s leading hitter – Jeffrey Crisan – came to the dish to pinch-hit for Chandler Chambers. The senior Crisan struck out on three pitches and then Carson Wright grounded a 3-1 pitch back to the Bowen to end the game.
Perry put Lipscomb on the board in the bottom of the first with an infield single to first base, as an answer to Belmont scoring two in the top half.
Over the next five frames, Belmont scored four unanswered tallies to grab a 6-1 advantage.
Perry came through once more for the Purple and Gold in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to center. Redshirt freshman Coleman Goodwin then rocketed a ball into the night sky over the fence in right center for the first home run of his career. That shot trimmed the Bisons deficit to three runs entering the ninth.
Freshman Palmer Steventon made the first start of his career Tuesday and suffered the loss to drop him to 0-1. The Chattanooga native allowed two runs on three hits in 2.0 innings.
Perry led the Bisons with a 3-for-4 night and three RBI. Bashlor added a 2-for-5 night with a pair of RBI, while Houghton chipped in with a pair of doubles to give him a 2-for-4 performance with two runs.
Blake Thomas swiped his team-leading 16th stolen bag of the season and Dodson recorded his fifth.
Lipscomb will host USC Upstate in a big ASUN Conference series at Dugan Field this weekend. The Bisons and Spartans are tied at 4-8 in the league table. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.