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|Win: SZOTT (1-0)||6.0||10||5||5||0||3|
|Loss: THOMPSON (0-2)||2.2||8||11||8||2||1|
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|Win: DORSO (1-0)||0.2||3||1||1||0||0|
|Loss: MILLER (0-1)||0.2||3||5||5||0||1|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With poor weather washing out games on Friday and Saturday, Lipscomb and Western Michigan squared off for a doubleheader to wrap up the Second Annual SAF Dirt Classic on Sunday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
Game one went to the Broncos (1-5) behind an offensive explosion as they picked up their first win of the season. The damage was done in the early innings as the Broncos started off the game with four runs in the top of the first and then scored eight runs in the third. In total, Western Michigan was able to rack up 18 hits, including three home runs, against the Bisons pitching staff giving them a 17-5 victory.
"Every game there has to be some kind of adjustment," head coach Jeff Forehand said. "There's going to be wind, sun, rain delays, there is just going to be some factor in every game and if we're not ready to adjust to that we're going to find ourselves behind in a lot of games."
The Bisons (4-2) were sure to make their adjustments for game two. The Purple and Gold got off to a hot start putting up five runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Ty Jones recorded his first hit of the season with a 3-run home run to left field after the Bisons scored two runs off a Chris Bashlor single and a Western Michigan throwing error.
Western Michigan was able to make its way back in the game scoring four runs in the top of the fourth making it a 5-4 ballgame, but Lipscomb was able to retaliate. Bashlor once again stepped up to the plate and knocked another single scoring Maddux Houghton. David Graves followed next by crushing a double to the gap allowing Zeke Dodson and Bashlor to score.
"[Bashlor] is getting some consistent at-bats and it seems like he is seeing the ball really well and hitting it on the nose," Forehand said. "He's been coming up with guys on base and having a chance to drive runs in, so he's swinging the bat really well right now."
Scott Elgin got the start in game two and had a quality outing. The freshman went 3.1 innings giving up one hit, three runs and striking out three batters.
With Alex Dorso coming on in relief for Elgin to record the last two outs of the fourth, Forehand decided to let freshman Tyler Guilfoil have the mound in the fifth. Guilfoil put on a show throwing four innings giving up just one hit, one run and striking out six Bronco batters.
"When freshman come out and are able to go into a Division I game and show us what we thought we recruited and go out there and do it, you know that you made the right call," Forehand said. "Coach Ogden is a master with those guys and has gotten them all ready to pitch. They still have work to do to get better and better, but to this point we are definitely pleased with their first two outings."
Lipscomb was then able to tack on some insurance runs in the eighth to give them a comfortable 13-5 cushion.
The game would be called after the eighth inning due to travel considerations for Western Michigan.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Bashlor recorded four RBI’s over the two games and is hitting at a .500 clip.
- Bashlor leads the team in RBI with 11 on the season.
- Josh Martinez finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run in game two.
- Houghton has increased his batting average to .429 after recording four hits on the day.
- Graves continues to produce extra base hits by hitting his fourth double on the year for the most on the team.
- Dodson record the first triple of the season for the Bisons.
The Bisons will have a few days off before continuing their home stand with a three game series versus Xavier March 1-3. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4 p.m.