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|Loss: KNOX (0-1)||2.0||4||5||5||2||2|
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team fell in heartbreaking fashion in its first road game of the season at Austin Peay Tuesday afternoon.
The Bisons looked like they were going to end their three game skid and pick up a win at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tennessee, but Austin Peay rallied scoring eight runs over the seventh and eighth innings to win the game 12-11.
Lipscomb jumped out to a comfortable 11-4 lead scoring in five straight innings from the third to seventh before the trouble started. Tevin Symonette got the scoring started in the third with a 2-RBI double plating Chaz Bertolani and Brian Moore. With three more runs coming across the plate over the fourth and fifth innings due to fielders choices and throwing errors by Austin Peay, Symonette stepped up to plate in the top of the seventh and crushed a three-run homer to right field for his first of the season. Zeke Dodson followed Symonette with a double to deep center and Chris Bashlor singled him home a few pitches later.
The Bisons pitching staff had its ups and downs throughout the contest. Scott Elgin started the game for the Purple and Gold and over three innings of work allowed just one earned run, five hits and struck out three batters. Tyler Guilfoil came out of the bullpen to relieve Elgin and had to work his way out of a couple bases loaded jams, but did not allow a run over two innings.
Max Habegger came on in the sixth, but was quickly pulled after facing three batters giving up two walks and double. Alex Dorso came into the game and walked the first two batters he faced before settling down and getting out of another bases loaded situation, but Austin Peay did score two runs in the inning.
Dorso would start the seventh inning, but the senior lefty couldn’t find the zone walking two more batters and giving up a single to load the bases once again. With nobody out Robbie Knox was brought into the game. The Governors would capitalize off of Knox with three consecutive hits scoring four runs to cut Lipscomb’s lead to 11-8. Knox would strike out one batter before throwing a wild pitch to allow the fifth run of the inning for Austin Peay to cross the plate. A fielder’s choice scored the sixth run in the inning to make it a one-run ball game.
Knox would stay in the game for the eighth inning, but with two outs and a runner on second Garret Spain hit the go-ahead two run homer for Austin Peay giving the Governors a 12-11 lead.
AROUND THE HORN:
- The Bisons allowed a season high 15 walks and also struck out a season high 13 times.
- Symonette finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and five RBI.
- Bashlor recorded his 12th RBI of the season, which leads the team.
- Four players hit a double in the game for Lipscomb (Haddon Adams, Symonette, Dodson and Cade Sorells)
- Austin Peay left 14 runners on base compared to seven for Lipscomb.
- The Bisons have now lost four games in a row.
The Bisons return home for a game with Memphis tomorrow, March 6. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.