NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team started out the 2019 season on a high note shutting out Valparaiso 6-0 on a rainy Friday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
Senior Chris Kachmar took the mound for the Bisons on opening day and threw a gem for his first start of the season. Over six scoreless innings of work, Kachmar gave up two hits, one walk and struck out six batters. Kachmar threw a total of 83 pitches in his season debut and 56 were strikes.
“My adrenaline was going and it kind of got the best of me in the first inning until I settled down,” Kachmar said. “My stuff was working and I was hitting my spots and going from there.”
The Purple and Gold were able to get on the scoreboard first with a Maddux Houghton sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning. It was in the bottom of the fifth where the Bisons put up a five spot to really open the game up.
With two men on, senior Zeke Dodson hit a deep fly ball to right field that would advance the runners. Valparaiso would make a throwing error, which allowed Haddon Adams to score from second base. Two batters later, after Von Watson reached on a hit by pitch, catcher Chris Bashlor crushed a 3-run homer to left center field to give the Bisons a 5-0 lead. David Graves followed in Bashlor’s footsteps and hit a solo shot to right field for back-to-back homers.
“Everybody likes a homer,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I don’t think that is something that’s typically been a Lipscomb brand of baseball. Sometimes the home run is the result of a quality at-bat and both those guys (Bashlor and Graves) put together quality at-bats.”
Forehand went to the bullpen after the sixth inning and called on senior Alex Dorso to finish the job. Dorso, much like Kachmar, shutdown the Crusaders offense only giving up two hits and striking out three batters in three innings of work for his first save of the season.
Michael Kornacker suffered the loss for Valparaiso going 4.2 innings and giving up three earned runs.
“We just hope every time out we can get that quality start from the pitcher,” Forehand said. “If we put up zeros, we’ve got a great chance. It was a great win today and we’ll be looking forward to getting back after it tomorrow.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb has won its season opener four out of the past five seasons.
- Bashlor went 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run and three RBI.
- Adams and Tevin Symonette each stole a base.
- The Bisons reached base via walk six times compared to three for Valparaiso.
- The game was originally scheduled for 4 p.m. but was moved to 1 p.m. due to weather.
- The time of the game was 2:40.
The Bisons and Crusaders ready up for round two of the three-game series at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dugan Field. Be sure to check LipscombSports.com and @BisonBaseball on twitter for any updates on time changes or postponements.