JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Despite erasing an early three-run deficit, the Lipscomb baseball team was unable to hold off second-seeded Jacksonville in the opening game of the ASUN Championship as the Dolphins took a 9-6 victory at Harmon Stadium in sunny Jacksonville, Florida Wednesday afternoon.
The loss sends the Bisons into the loser’s bracket where they will play in a win-or-go-home game against No. 6 NJIT at 10 a.m. (CT) on Thursday.
JU (38-17) came out of the gate scorching with four base knocks in the first five batters to take a 3-0 advantage on Lipscomb hurler Josh Colon.
Lipscomb (23-29) supplied Colon with run support in the very next frame following a 1-out double down the left field line by designated hitter Jake Perry. ASUN All-Freshman Maddux Houghton singled to right field to put men on the corners. Josh Martinez followed with a RBI single of his own to drive home Perry and put Lipscomb on the board. Tevin Symonette added another tally on a ground ball, scoring Houghton to trim JU’s lead to 3-2.
In the third it was the Lee Solomon show. The senior and second team All-ASUN selection, singled to lead off the frame and then swiped second and third to get 90 feet from home. Two batters later, Jeffrey Crisan grounded to third, but it was enough to score the run, making it 3-3.
The Purple and Gold grabbed its first lead of the contest at 4-3 in the fourth when Perry hammered his seventh homer of the season on the first pitch of his at-bat. The lead didn’t last long, however, as the Dolphins regained the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the stanza.
The seesaw game continued in the very next inning as Crisan gave Lipscomb the lead once again at 6-5 when he smashed his seventh long ball of the season to left field, following a JU throwing error that allowed the inning to continue. It would be the last runs of the game for the Bisons.
Jacksonville added a 2-run homer in the fifth and then tacked on single tallies in the seventh and eighth to secure the victory.
Colon allowed seven runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings of work. He struck out three and walked two on 111 pitches to fall to 3-4 on the year.
Alex Dorso and Nicko Ortega worked the final 3.1 innings.
Seven different players recorded a hit for the Bisons, led by 2-for-4 outings from Perry and Martinez. Crisan drove in a team high three runs.