JACKSONVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team fell in another close contest with ASUN foe Jacksonville at John Sessions Stadium Saturday night losing 5-4.
The Bisons (11-10, 0-2 ASUN) got off to a good start once again, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Tevin Symonette kicked off the scoring with a RBI double to deep center field plating Haddon Adams. A few batters later, Cade Sorrells hit a sharp single into right field driving in two more runs to make it 3-0 Lipscomb.
That lead was short lived however, as the Dolphins (14-9, 2-0 ASUN) responded with four runs in the bottom of the first. Noah Thompson struggled out of the gate for Lipscomb allowing two hits and two walks to the first four batters he faced. Scott Dubrule knocked in the first two runs for Jacksonville with a single up the middle, followed by another two-RBI single by Duncan Hunter two batters later.
Jacksonville would put up one more run the second inning on a solo home run by Jacob Southern to make it 5-3 Dolphins.
Lipscomb was able to cut the deficit to one run in the fourth with a Maddux Houghton RBI single, but was unable to push any runs across the plate for the remainder of the game.
The Bisons best chance at a comeback came in the top of the seventh when they had the bases loaded with two outs and Sorrells at the plate. Sorrells was able to make solid contact on a pitch, but the Dolphins first baseman, Kyle Richardson, made a sliding stop to prevent the ball from reaching the outfield and stepped on first to end the threat.
Jacksonville reliever Zach Bryant would set the Purple and Gold down in order to end the game and pick up his third save on the year for the Dolphins.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb recorded four infield hits in the game.
- The Bisons struck out a season-high 14 times.
- The Bisons left eight runners on base compared to six by the Dolphins.
- Thompson settled in after the second inning only allowing two hits over his next three innings of work.
- Caleb Brenczewski had a solid appearance out of the bullpen allowing just one hit and struck out three batters over three innings.
The Bisons will look to avoid getting swept by the Dolphins as the two teams will face-off at noon (CST) on Sunday to wrap-up the weekend.