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Loss: KEMP (1-3) 4.235543
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Bisons split doubleheader to keep season alive, advance to ASUN tourney
Saturday, May 19, 2018
By Kirk Downs & Russell Vannozzi
Bisons split doubleheader to keep season alive, advance to ASUN tourney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Following a 5-1 loss in Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader against Florida Gulf Coast, the Lipscomb baseball team's season hung in the balance. The Bisons needed a victory to keep their season alive in a winner-take-all game two to advance to the ASUN tournament.

Thanks to an offense explosion in game two, that’s exactly what they did, as the Purple and Gold took an 11-4 decision. 

Lipscomb (23-28, 9-12 ASUN) used an eight-spot in the fifth to hammer the Eagles by a score of 9-0 in the regular season finale at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.

The big inning saw Lipscomb bring 12 men to the plate. Tevin Symonette got the frame started with a bang as the junior outfielder launched his third home run of the season. Two batters later, Lee Solomon followed suit with a monstrous 2-run bomb to left field, putting the Bisons on top 4-0.

Jake Perry and Maddux Houghton got in on the fun with back-to-back RBI singles with the bases loaded, before Symonette came back up to the plate. He hit a high chopper that got through the left side of the infield for his second hit of the frame, allowing Zeke Dodson and Perry to score. Houghton later scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-0 in favor of the home team.

In the bottom of the sixth, it was Jeffrey Crisan who cranked the third home run of the game for Lipscomb, sending a high-curving shot around the foul pole in left. Solomon, who reached on a leadoff single, scored on the long ball.

Freshman right-hander Noah Thompson delivered a gutsy performance on the mound. The Kentucky native went 5.2 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while striking out a pair of Eagles.

Juniors Chris Kachmar and Robbie Knox relieved Thompson out of the bullpen the rest of the way.

Eight different Bisons recorded base hits in the win, led by two knocks apiece from Solomon, Sorrells, Crisan and Symonette.

Symonette finished 2-for-3 with a team high three RBI, a run, a walk and a stolen base. Solomon went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs and a walk, while Crisan registered a 2-for-5 afternoon with a pair of runs and a RBI.


Game 1: FGCU 5, Lipscomb 1

FGCU (32-21, 8-13 ASUN) starter Josh Dye tossed a complete game gem to power the Eagles when they needed it most.

The junior lefty struck out eight Bisons and allowed just one run on three hits in nine innings of work. His performance kept the Eagles season alive with a 5-1 victory.

Lipscomb’s Kyle Kemp didn’t have similar fortunes. The right-hander went 4.2 innings and gave up five earned runs while walking four batters and hitting an additional five.

The Bisons managed just three hits in 30 at-bats. Solomon delivered an RBI single in the third for Lipscomb’s lone run of the game.

Around the Horn:

  • Lipscomb has now collected 19 of its 23 wins at home.
  • Dodson and Crisan lead the team with 14 multi-hit and nine multi-RBI games this season.
  • The Bisons plated double-digit runs for the second time this weekend and the seventh time this season.
  • Solomon’s homer was his seventh of the season, which leads the team. He now has four homers in his last five games. Crisan hit his sixth.
  • Nicko Ortega lowered his season ERA 2.88 behind a season high 4.1 innings of relief in game one. He struck out three and walked one.
  • Game 1 lasted 2:49 and Game 2 lasted 3:37 with 237 fans attending the doubleheader.

Up Next:

The Bisons will open the ASUN tournament on Wednesday, May 23 at North Florida. No. 5-seeded Lipscomb will take on No. 2-seeded Jacksonville at 2 p.m. at Harmon Stadium. The game will air on ESPN +.