|April 28, 2018||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: KACHMAR (3-3)||5.0||5||2||2||3||5|
|Loss: MARKS (2-6)||3.0||4||4||3||2||1|
|April 29, 2018||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: WHITNEY (5-1)||9.0||3||0||0||2||8|
|Loss: DORSO (3-2)||0.1||1||1||1||0||0|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A solid start from Chris Kachmar and a two-run bomb from Jake Perry proved to be enough for Lipscomb to win an ASUN series for the first time in a month.
The Bisons took a 7-4 victory over visiting USC Upstate at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium on Saturday evening, clinching the three-game set a day early.
“This was another solid win by our club,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “We got solid pitching from our staff and we also got some big hits up and down the lineup. Anytime you can get a win it’s big, but when it’s for a series, that’s even bigger. I am proud of the way we’ve played this weekend.”
Kachmar’s performance wasn’t his best of the season, but his five innings of work yielded just two runs. The Palm Beach State College transfer also struck out five Spartans and picked up his third victory.
At the plate, Lipscomb (18-23, 6-8 ASUN) struck first with a sac fly RBI from Jeffrey Crisan in the bottom of the first.
The Bisons added three more runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Zeke Dodson plated Maddux Houghton with a sac fly, before Perry crushed his two-run homer to dead center.
“I think we are coming around on offense,” Forehand said. “We made a lot of loud outs today on balls that were struck well. (USC Upstate) made two great plays on balls that easily could have gone for extra-bases, but I thought overall we hit the ball well and capitalized when we needed to.”
USC Upstate (21-24-1, 4-10 ASUN) scored all its runs on four RBI singles, included back-to-back, run-scoring base knocks from Charlie Carpenter and Kyle Gensler in the fifth.
In the bottom of frame, Tevin Symonette answered with an RBI single that scored Crisan. Allan Hooker got a bloop single to fall in one batter later, allowing Symonette and Perry to cross the plate.
Senior Nicko Ortega tossed scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth, before giving way to junior Robbie Knox, who surrendered a run but still managed to seal the victory in the ninth.
“Everyone in the bullpen did their part and that’s what we have to have coming down the stretch,” Forehand said.
Around the Horn:
- Dodson’s 2-for-3 evening gave him his 14th multi-hit performance of the season. The junior also extended his on-base streak to 16 games and raised his average to .313.
- Perry’s home run moved him into the team lead with five. The senior also has nine RBI in his last five games.
- Symonette finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. It was his first 3-hit performance since 2016.
- Ortega struck out three Spartans and lowered his ERA to 3.77 in what was his 18th appearance on the year.
- Junior relievers Alex Dorso and Adam Stewart also made cameos on Saturday. Dorso went two-thirds of an inning, while Stewart gave up three hits and a run in one-third of a frame.
- Time of game was 3:24 with 267 fans in attendance.
Lipscomb and USC Upstate will wrap their three-game series on Sunday. Freshman lefty Noah Thompson (3-3, 3.23 ERA) will toe the rubber as the Bisons look for their first weekend sweep of the year. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field.
“A lot of things can happen from here on out, but when you get a series win it helps your chances for the postseason,” Forehand said. “We get to enjoy this one for a little bit before we get back at it tomorrow.”