NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team dropped its fourth straight game losing to No. 6 Vanderbilt 15-1 Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
The Bisons (11-12, 0-3 ASUN) were held without a hit until the top of the sixth when freshman Chaz Bertolani recorded an infield single after the Vanderbilt shortstop and third baseman collided trying to make a play on the ball.
The Commodores (20-5, 4-2 SEC) starting pitcher Mason Hickman was in command on the mound all night. Over six innings of work he struck out eight Lipscomb batters and allowed one hit and one walk.
Vanderbilt jumped out and scored the first runs of the game in the third inning with a three-run homer to right center by JJ Bleday. Harrison Ray followed two batters later with a RBI-double to make it 4-0 Vandy.
The Commodores offense continued to roll through the middle innings producing one run in the fourth, four runs in the fifth and four more runs in the seventh.
Vandy added two more runs in the eighth on a single from Philip Clarke.
The Purple and Gold’s lone run of the night came in the top of the seventh. David Graves came up with the bases loaded and hit a dribbler back to the pitchers mound and with the only play available at first, Cade Sorrells was able to cross the plate.
AROUND THE HORN:
- The Bisons produced eight base runners the entire game.
- Lipscomb allowed three home runs on the night, which is the most allowed in a game all season.
- Scott Elgin got the start for Lipscomb. Over 2.2 innings the freshman allowed two hits, four earned runs and three walks.
- Sorrells finished 1-for-4 at the plate with a run scored.
The Bisons will welcome Kennesaw State to Dugan Field for the first home conference series of the season over the weekend. The series will start with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday.