NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team braved the rain and picked up its second win a row at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium Friday night beating Hartford 7-0.
Senior Chris Kachmar took the mound for the Bisons (6-6) and tossed an absolute gem. Over six innings over work Kachmar gave up just one hit, three walks and struck out five batters. He had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, but Hartford’s Zachary Ardito broke it up with a single down the right field line.
“When the scoreboard is on, you kind of look and see, but it’s not really something I get hung up on or something I focus about,” Kachmar said. “You just have to keep making your pitches and executing the plan is the biggest part of that.”
The righty now moves to 3-0 on the season, which matches his win total from last year, and dropped his ERA nearly a full run from 3.71 to 2.74.
“I’m getting really prepared and I have good routine right now that that I’ve been following, so I think that really helps,” Kachmar said. “Lately I’ve started sleeping in my socks and I think that’s something, so I’m going to keep doing that.”
Zeros were posted on the scoreboard as Hartford’s starting pitcher, Nicholas Dombkowski, was matching Kachmar on the mound pitch-for-pitch until the bottom of the fifth when Maddux Houghton doubled to left center scoring Cade Sorrells.
The Bisons would tack on one run in the sixth and one run in the seventh thanks to a Chris Bashlor RBI double and a RBI single from Houghton before breaking it open in the bottom of the eighth with four runs.
David Graves started the scoring with a 2-RBI double after Zeke Dodson reached on a fielder’s choice and Bashlor knocked a base hit to left field. After a wild pitch advanced Graves to third, Sorrells drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Von Watson followed that with a double of his own and the next batter was Houghton who recorded his third RBI of the game as he ripped a double down the left field line making it 7-0 Lipscomb.
“Maddux had great at-bats today,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I think there were two at-bats were he fought 3-2 and went several pitches deep in the count. He’s playing really well and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to hide him [at the end of the batting order] much longer.”
Tyler Guilfoil picked up the rare 2.2 innings save after coming on in relief for Max Habegger in the seventh. The freshman, much like Kachmar, held the Hawks offense in check giving up one hit and striking out five batters.
“As a freshman he’s made some strides really in the first quarter of the season,” Forehand said. “It’s exciting to see him do that and be a guy we can go to on Friday.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Seven of the nine Bisons in the starting lineup were able to record a hit.
- Five of Lipscomb’s 12 hits were doubles.
- Dodson drew the only walk of the game for the Purple and Gold.
- This was Guilfoil’s second save on the season.
- This is the second time Lipscomb shutout an opponent this season. The first shutout was on Opening Day in a 6-0 win over Valparaiso.
The Bisons will continue their weekend series with Hartford on Saturday at 11 a.m. if weather is not a factor. Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for a 10 a.m. first pitch to accommodate for the men’s basketball ASUN Conference Championship Game at 2 p.m. in Allen Arena.