CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb baseball suffered a 19-5 loss to Austin Peay Tuesday at Raymond Hand Park in the team’s final midweek contest of the season.
The loss drops Lipscomb to 20-25 overall, while Austin Peay improves to 29-20.
Things looked good early for the visitors as the Bisons took advantage of three base hits and an error to score four runs in the first frame. Zeke Dodson drove Lee Solomon in on a groundball to short to get the scoring started. Then, following back-to-back singles from Jake Perry and Chris Bashlor, junior first baseman Cade Sorrells turned on the first pitch he saw and deposited it over the right field fence for a three-run homer.
Austin Peay quickly erased the Bisons lead after combining to hit for the cycle in the bottom of the first. A three-run homer and a two-run homer helped the home team take a 6-4 lead.
Lipscomb responded in the top of the second when Dodson lifted a sacrifice fly to left center field to plate Josh Martinez, who led of the frame with a double, and trim the Govs lead to 6-5. From there, it would be all Austin Peay.
The Govs plated 13 unanswered runs, including nine in the fourth, over the last six innings to put the game away.
Junior Erik Gutierrez, making his second start of the year, took the loss and fell to 1-1. He allowed six runs on five hits and a walk in an inning of work. Palmer Steventon, Ryan Stevens, Adam Stewart and Max Habegger all saw action in relief.
AROUND THE HORN
- Austin Peay outhit Lipscomb 15-6 in the contest. The Govs also stranded 11 men, compared to eight for the Bisons.
- Sorrells’ deep ball was his second of the season.
- Martinez led the team with a trio of hits, finishing 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run.
- Bashlor and Perry recorded the only other hits for Lipscomb.
- Eight different players recorded a hit and a RBI for the Govs. Eleven players scored a run.
Lipscomb travels to the Sunshine State this weekend for its final three road games of the regular season. The Bisons and Ospreys are slated to get the series started at 5:05 p.m. Friday.