NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team kept its winning streak going with a 4-1 victory over Tennessee Tech Wednesday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
The Bisons (9-6) were able to hold the Golden Eagles (10-6) to just three hits in the game with the pitching combination of Matthew Maldonado, JT Caver, Tyler Guilfoil, Max Habegger and Robbie Knox. Maldonado got the start, but Caver would come away with the win and Knox recorded the save. This was Caver’s first win of the season and of his collegiate career, while Knox picked up his third save on the year.
“It feels great, honestly,” Caver said. “My teammates picked me up and helped me when I had the bases loaded. Haddon picked me up with a great double play and us winning five in a row is real good momentum going into the weekend.”
In total the Bisons pitching staff faced 33 batters, which was six over the minimum, struck out 11 and allowed two walks.
On the offensive side of the ball, Lipscomb got the job done by playing small ball. 12 out of the 13 hits for the Bisons were singles and three of those came on bunts.
The Bisons got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. After Ty Jones and David Graves started the inning with back-to-back base knocks, Maddux Houghton hit a shot back up the middle plating Jones. Haddon Adams would follow Houghton with another single to load the bases for Cade Sorrells. Sorrells would eventually ground out to first, but was able to drive a run in.
In the third, Jones would step up to the plate and record his second hit of the day with a liner to left center. Chris Bashlor would come around to score on the play after he led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a bunt single by Tevin Symonette.
The Purple and Gold would tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Adams.
The lone run for Tennessee Tech came in the fifth off a sacrifice fly from Zell Walker.
“The offense is coming alive, but today was about the pitching staff,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “JT got his first win, Max and Robbie were phenomenal at the end and Tyler was solid through the middle of the game, so just a good team win today.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb now has picked up five wins in a row to improve its record to 9-6 on the season.
- The Bisons left a total of 11 runners on base, compared to five by the Golden Eagles.
- Adams had the only stolen base of the game.
- Jones finished 3-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and scored one run.
- Tennessee Tech’s three hits was its lowest mark of the season.
- Guilfoil recorded four strikeouts and did not allow a hit in his relief appearance.
- Four out of the five pitchers used by Lipscomb were underclassmen.
The Bisons will have their first road trip of the season as they head to the Buckeye state to take on Ohio State for a three-game series over the weekend. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4 p.m., Saturday will start at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will be a noon start.