NASHVILLE – The bats stayed hot for the Lipscomb baseball team Tuesday night as the Bisons came away with an impressive 18-3 victory over Belmont in round one of the Battle of the Boulevard.
The Bisons (8-6) would need no time racking up the runs against the cross-town rival Bruins (7-9) scoring seven runs in the top of the second inning to open up the game. All of Lipscomb’s runs in the inning came with two outs. In total, 12 batters came up to the plate for the Purple and Gold and recorded six hits, two walks and one reached on an error.
Jackson Furstace started the scoring by driving in Chris Bashlor with a RBI single to right field. Jarrett O’Leary followed with his first hit and RBI of the season with a base knock to center. After a Maddux Houghton walk, Haddon Adams singled up the middle to load the bases. Cade Sorrells walked on for straight pitches to drive in the third run and Zeke Dodson would plate two runs with a single through the left side. Bashlor would then drive a ball down the right field line for a double to score Sorrells and Tevin Symonette would drive in the seventh run with an infield single to short.
Belmont scored one run in the bottom of the fourth, but Lipscomb responded with another seven-run inning in the top of the fifth to make it a 14-1 ballgame. The Bisons did their damage recording five hits, two walks, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly.
The Bisons would have the bases loaded again with Sorrells at the plate and the senior would draw his second walk of the game to score O’Leary. Dodson followed with a single plating Houghton and Bashlor would hit a two-RBI double a few pitches later. With just one out, Furstace would place a double down the left field line scoring two more runs. O’Leary would then hit a sacrifice fly for the seventh and final run of the inning.
Lipscomb tacked on four more insurance runs over the eighth and ninth innings with a Dodson two-run homer and a two-RBI single from David Graves.
“This game was a long time coming,” Dodson said. “We’ve played this team really well the past four years and never really seemed to get an edge on them. We know this game means a little extra to coach Forehand and we really wanted to bring a little something extra today.
“We put up 18 runs and that’s really fun when all the guys are connecting at the plate and we’d like to keep the win streak going for sure.”
Freshman starter Scott Elgin picked up his first win of the year with five solid innings and allowed just one earned run on four hits. The bullpen would seal the 18-3 win with two innings from Erik Gutierrez, one inning from Palmer Steventon and one inning from Tyler Sills.
“It’s always great when your offense comes alive and puts up double figure runs,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “When you score runs and pitch well, harmony seems to work well and that’s what we had today.
“I’m proud of our guys and just how we played because it’s been a while since we’ve won a game over here. They’ve put it to us a few times over here. This was fun, so we have to build on it and be ready for tomorrow and take it into the weekend.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- The Bisons set season-highs for runs (18) and hits (19).
- Lipscomb is now on a four-game winning streak. This is its longest winning streak since March 18-25, 2017 when the club won six games in a row.
- Dodson finished 4-for-6 at the plate with five RBI to lead the Bisons offensively.
- 12 Bisons would record a hit in the game. Adams, Bashlor, Dodson, Furstace and Sorrells had multiple hits.
- Chandler Chambers got his first hit of the season with a double in the ninth inning.
- Senior pitcher Chris Kachmar had his first at-bat of the season and drew a walk.
Lipscomb will play host to Tennessee Tech tomorrow with a 4 p.m. start time at Ken Dugan Field.