NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team dropped the first game of its weekend series versus Xavier 7-6 Friday night at Ken Dugan Field.
The Bisons (4-3) were able to start the game off on a high note scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Haddon Adams led off with a double to left field and Tevin Symonette knocked him in a few pitches later with a single past the Xavier shortstop.
After Symonette was able to advance to second on a wild pitch, Zeke Dodson hit a deep fly ball to center. Symonette showed off his speed on the base paths by scoring all the way from second to give Lipscomb a 2-0 lead.
The Bisons continued to roll behind a strong pitching performance from Chris Kachmar and added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Cade Sorrells hit a three-run homer over the right field fence to make the score 5-0 Lipscomb.
The seventh inning did not fare well for the Bisons, however. The Musketeers were able to put up all seven of their runs in the top of the seventh due to multiple extra base hits, wild pitches and walks.
“I told [the team] I wanted them to learn how quickly you can be in the drivers seat and how quickly you can lose it,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “You’ve got to tip your cap to [Xavier], they didn’t quit.”
The Purple and Gold started to make a two-out comeback in the eighth after David Graves hit a double to right center and Josh Martinez and Jackson Furstace walked to load the bases. Ty Jones was then able to poke a single to right field scoring Graves, but Martinez would be thrown out at the plate trying to score from second ending the inning making the score 7-6 Xavier.
Lipscomb would have one more chance to force extras or win the game in the bottom of the ninth, but was unable to produce a base runner.
“We had a great comeback,” Forehand said. “The guys that came off the bench did a great job. We had a chance to win it, but [Xavier’s] guy made a good play and threw Josh out at the plate.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- The Bisons loss drops them to 4-3 on the season.
- Kachmar finished with six innings pitched, five hits, three earned runs and eight strikeouts.
- Sorrells’ three-run homer was his first home run of the season.
- Symonette finished 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI.
The Bisons and Musketeers will play a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game starting at noon. The decision for the schedule change was made due to predicted bad weather on Sunday.