COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Lipscomb baseball team wrapped up its first road trip of the season with a 7-6 loss to Ohio State on Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
The hits were few and far between to start the game as starting pitchers Joshua Colon and Seth Longsway had it going on the mound. The Bisons (10-8) tallied just three hits through the first six innigns, while the Buckeyes (9-10) managed eight.
Colon suffered the loss in just his second start of the season after returning from an injury. Over 5.1 innings of work Colon allowed four runs, three walks and struck out two batters.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning via the long ball. Conner Pohl turned on a 2-1 fastball and sent it over the wall in right for his first homer of the season. Two batters later Zach Dezenzo took the first pitch he saw and sent it to left center for another solo shot. Denzenzo’s home run was his third of the series.
The first Bisons run came in the third inning. After Brian Moore doubled to the left field corner and advanced to third on a single from Maddux Houghton, Tevin Symonette grounded out to the shortstop with a fielders choice allowing Moore to cross home plate.
Ohio State added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back RBI singles from Nolan Clegg and Noah West to make it a 4-1 lead.
Lipscomb would keep it interesting, however, scoring two runs in the seventh. Houghton singled to start the inning followed by Haddon Adams reaching on an error. Adams and Houghton advanced to second and third on the error, putting runners in scoring position for Symonette. Symonette then recorded his second RBI on the day with another fielders choice followed by a single up the middle by Zeke Dodson to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
The Buckeyes responded in their half inning with two more runs on a single by Pohl and a bunt squeeze play from Dezenzo to get their lead back to three runs, making it 6-3 Buckeyes. But the Purple and Gold continued to fight their way back in the game.
In the eighth inning Jarrett O’Leary lined a RBI-double into the left field corner cutting the Ohio State lead down to two runs. Unfortunately, the Bisons couldn’t complete the comeback despite scoring two runs in the top of the ninth, with two outs, as Houghton struck out to end the game.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Symonette didn’t record a hit in the game, but had two RBI.
- Colon’s 5.1 innings was his longest outing of the season.
- Houghton finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored.
- The Bisons drew a total of nine walks in the game.
- A light snowfall started to come down in the sixth inning.
The Bisons will return to Tennessee, but stay on the road with a midweek matchup at Middle Tennessee Tuesday, March 19. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.