|March 29, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: KACHMAR (4-2)||6.0||3||2||2||3||4|
|Loss: Kennedy (3-2)||3.1||10||6||6||2||2|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team ended its four game skid and picked up its first conference win of the season beating Kennesaw State 6-3 at Dugan Field Friday night.
“It’s great to get one after three one-run losses last weekend,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “The first inning was what set the table for us.”
The bats came alive for the Bisons (12-12, 1-3 ASUN), as they were able to rack up 13 hits in the contest, more than doubling their total over their last two games combined.
Lipscomb was able to get on the board in the first inning with two runs to get things started. Zeke Dodson recorded the first RBI of the game with a groundout to short scoring Haddon Adams. Cade Sorrells followed with a safety squeeze plating Tevin Symonette.
The Bisons would strike with another two-run inning in the third increasing their lead to 4-0. Dodson and Chris Bashlor led off with back-to-back singles putting runners on the corners for Sorrells. Sorrells would lay down his second safety squeeze of the game to plate Dodson. Bashlor would come around to score a few batters later on a sacrifice fly by Brian Moore.
The Owls (15-12, 3-1 ASUN) were able to break through in the fourth inning recording their first hit and run of the game on a solo homer by Justin Russell. But The Purple and Gold responded, posting another two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-1 Lipscomb.
Symonette led off with his second double of the game and would score two batters later on a double to right center from Sorrells. Ty Jones lined a single to right field and brought home Bashlor.
“[Sorrells] has been a veteran and been around for a long time” Forehand said. “I’m just happy for him and his success. We’ve just got to keep him swinging like that because he’s a really, really good hitter. He knows the strike zone well and if we can keep him going, keep him driving in runs, we’ll be in good shape.”
KSU was able to cut the Lipscomb lead in half plating one run in the fifth and one in the eighth, but senior Robbie Knox would end the hope of a comeback shutting down the Owls in the ninth and securing the victory.
AROUND THE HORN:
- With the win, the Bisons are back to a .500 overall record on the year.
- Sorrells finished 1-for-2 at the plate with three RBI.
- Starting pitcher Chris Kachmar picked up his fourth win of the season. Over six innings Kachmar allowed three hits, two earned runs and struck out four.
- Adams recorded his first three-hit game of his Lipscomb career. The junior finished 3-for-5 at the dish and scored a run.
- Kennesaw State has yet to win a game on the road this year.
Lipscomb and Kennesaw State will be back for round two tomorrow with first pitch at noon. The game has been moved up two hours due to predicted storms later in the afternoon.