|February 19, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: GUILFOIL (1-0)||5.0||1||0||0||1||9|
|Loss: Hunter Crosby (0-1)||2.0||2||2||0||2||0|
|Ray Zuberer III (WKU)||5||0||1||0||0||0|
|Matt Phipps (WKU)||4||1||1||0||0||0|
|Jake Sanford (WKU)||4||0||1||1||0||0|
|Jack Wilson (WKU)||4||0||1||0||0||0|
|Sam McElreath (WKU)||4||0||1||0||0||0|
|Jackson Swiney (WKU)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team came away with a 3-1 victory over Western Kentucky in its first midweek matchup of the 2019 season.
The game between the Bisons and Hilltoppers was originally scheduled for a 4 p.m. start time, but was moved up to an 11 a.m. start to beat poor weather. With the game being rescheduled five hours earlier the Bisons showed no signs of it affecting them.
Freshman Tyler Guilfoil got the nod from head coach Jeff Forehand to make his collegiate debut on Tuesday and he delivered. Guilfoil threw five scoreless innings giving up one hit, one walk and striking out nine batters.
“I think this will be a game he will remember for the rest of his life,” Forehand said. “The kid was in the zone and had just a really solid outing.”
The Bisons (2-1) were able to get the lead early in the game by playing some small-ball. Lipscomb was able to move runners into scoring position through singles and sacrifice bunts to give them a 2-0 lead after the second inning.
The game then turned into a pitching duel as neither the Bisons nor Hiltoppers could get a run across the plate. Western Kentucky (3-1) was finally able to put a run on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth cutting the Bisons lead to 2-1. Lipscomb would counter in the bottom of the eighth, however, as Carson Wright scored on a passed ball to push the lead back to two runs.
In the top of the ninth, WKU would impose another threat by loading the bases after two quick outs, but the Bisons pitching came through again. Senior Robbie Knox got out of the jam by causing Ray Zuberer to hit a soft ground ball to first base for the final out of the game giving Lipscomb its second win of the season.
“Robbie is our guy,” Forehand said. “There was nobody in the bullpen and it was his game to win. We have confidence that he is going to do that every time. He’s a tough guy and has been doing this for a long time, so he is our guy in that situation.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Brian Moore, David Graves and Zeke Dodson all finished 2-for-3 at the plate.
- Graves hit his second double of the season and recorded a RBI.
- Alex Dorso came on in relief for Guilfoil and threw two shutout innings giving up two hits.
- The Bisons and Hilltoppers each left nine runners on base.
- Wright and Moore each stole a base.
- Knox recorded his first save of the season.
Lipscomb continues its home stand at Dugan Field for the Second Annual Southern Athletic Fields (SAF) Dirt Classic. The Bisons will host four teams to the Music City alongside Belmont and Middle Tennessee.
The Bisons will host Toledo at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Northern Illinois at 4 p.m. on Friday and Bradley at 2 p.m. on Saturday before wrapping up the weekend at 1 p.m. Sunday against Western Michigan.