NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team picked up its third win of the season with a 12-6 victory over Toledo Thursday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field.
The Bisons dealt with another change to their schedule for game one of the SAF Dirt Classic with the first pitch being moved to 1 p.m. instead of the originally planned 4 p.m. start. This was the third time in four games a schedule change has been made for Lipscomb.
The time change would make no difference, however, as the Bisons came out with a hot start putting up six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Small-ball was the name of the game for the Bisons as they were able to get on base early and often with walks and singles.
“The power thing for our team isn’t going to be there every game, but the short game is,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I’m excited about what we did with the small-ball.”
Haddon Adams started the game off for the Bisons with a bunt single. Carson Wright and Zeke Dodson followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases for Lipscomb’s leader in RBI’s Chris Bashlor. Bashlor was able to record a sacrifice fly and advance the runners to give Lipscomb a 1-0 lead.
Cade Sorrells was able to draw the third walk of the inning to load the bases once again. After Wright was able to score on a passed ball, Tevin Symonette stepped up to the plate and lined a base hit to right field scoring Dodson and Sorrells. Brian Moore then drew the fourth walk of the inning and a couple batters later Maddux Houghton knocked a base hit into center field scoring Symonette and Moore. 6-0 Lipscomb.
Toledo retaliated with three runs over the second and third innings, but the Bisons offense continued to roll as they matched the Rockets with three runs of their own over that stretch giving Lipscomb a 9-3 lead heading into the fourth inning.
The Rockets were able to make their biggest dent to Lipscomb’s lead by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth making the score 9-6. Starting pitcher Chris Kachmar would make it out of the inning and finish his second outing if the season with five innings pitched, five earned runs, nine hits, six strikeouts and one walk.
“I love that Kach gave us a quality start,” Forehand said. “He was able to make some big pitches to get us out of a few jams through the first five innings.”
From there the ball was in Max Habegger’s hands. The sophomore ended any remaining threat from the Rockets throwing four scoreless innings without giving up a hit and striking out five batters in his second outing of the season.
The Bisons were able to add insurance runs with doubles from David Graves, Sorrells and Wright in the sixth and seventh innings to put away the Rockets 12-6.
AROUND THE HORN:
- This was the first time since May 24, 2018 in a 10-6 win over NJIT that the Bisons scored double-digit runs.
- Four Bisons recorded two hits (Adams, Bashlor, Houghton and Symonette).
- Lipscomb tallied four doubles on the day.
- The Bisons showed off their speed on the base paths with four stolen bases.
- The Rockets left seven men on base, while Lipscomb left six.
Weather permitting; the Bisons will continue to play host in the SAF Dirt Classic with a 4 p.m. game versus Northern Illinois on Friday, a 2 p.m. match with Bradley on Saturday and wrapping up the weekend on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start against Western Michigan.
Be sure to check LipscombSports.com and @BisonBaseball on twitter for any updates on time changes or postponements.