FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb baseball team dropped the first game in its conference series against FGCU 5-3 under the lights at Swanson Stadium Friday night.
The Bisons (15-13, 3-4 ASUN) got a solid outing from starting pitcher Chris Kachmar, but came up short and saw their four-game win streak come to an end. Over seven innings of work, Kachmar allowed three hits, three earned runs, and three walks and struck out eight batters.
The Purple and Gold were able to jump out and grab the early lead as Maddux Houghton blasted a two-run homer over the wall in left field in the top of the second inning after Chris Bashlor led off with a walk.
The Lipscomb bats were mostly held in check from that point on as they were going up against one of the top pitchers in the ASUN in Mason Studstill. The Bisons only managed to record three hits after Houghton’s home run to give them a total of four on the night.
Much like Lipscomb, the Eagles (20-9, 2-2 ASUN) were struggling on the offensive side of the ball. Through four innings FGCU just had one hit against Kachmar. However, that all changed with one swing of the bat.
In the bottom of the fifth, Eric Gonzalez came in to pinch-hit for the Eagles and took Kachmar deep to left field for a three-run homer, which put FGCU on top 3-2.
The Bisons would hang tough and fight back in the very next inning to tie the game back up. After Tevin Symonette walked and Bashlor reached on a throwing the FGCU third baseman, senior Cade Sorrells was able to drive in Symonette on a groundout to third.
The game would remain tied until the bottom of the eighth. Once again, the Eagles were able to take the lead with the long ball as Jay Hayes hit a two-run homer off of Tyler Guilfoil to regain the lead.
With their backs against the wall, the Bisons needed a ninth inning rally and almost got one.
Lipscomb was able to put runners on third and second with Sorrells drawing a walk, Houghton hitting a single and Josh Martinez completing a sacrifice bunt, but couldn’t bring them home as Brian Moore struck out and Chaz Bertolani lined out to end the ballgame.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Kachmar’s seven innings of work was the longest outing for any Lipscomb pitcher this season.
- Houghton has now hit a home run in two straight games.
- The Bisons left six runners on base compared to just two by FGCU.
- The duration of the game was two hours and 50 minutes.
The Bisons and Eagles will lace them up again for game two of the weekend series. First pitch will be at 1 p.m. CST.