FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb baseball team dropped the second game of its weekend series at Florida Gulf Coast losing 10-9 at Florida Gulf Coast Saturday afternoon.
The Bisons (15-14, 3-5 ASUN) had it going on offensive and defense early on. Noah Thompson had his best outing of the season on the mound for Lipscomb going 5.1 innings and allowed just three hits and zero earned runs to shutdown one of the best hitting teams in the conference.
Lipscomb jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second inning. After Chris Bashlor walked and Cade Sorrells hit a single to right center, putting runners on the corners, Josh Martinez recorded a RBI groundout on a hard hit ball to second.
The Purple and Gold kept the runs coming in the next inning as Zeke Dodson hit a two-RBI single plating Haddon Adams and Tevin Symonette and Sorrells followed with a single of his own to bring home Dodson.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Bisons were able to break the game open and scored four runs in the top of the fifth. Bashlor plated the first two runs of the inning on a single to right field that was misplayed by the FGCU outfielder allowing Bashlor to make it to third. Sorrells followed with a sacrifice fly and Houghton blasted a solo home run to left center making it 8-0.
The Eagles (21-9, 3-2 ASUN) stormed all the way back in the final three innings, however. FGCU roughed up the Bisons bullpen for two runs in the sixth, one run in the seventh and seven runs in the eighth to take lead 10-8.
The Bisons tried to make a comeback in the top of the ninth and were able to load the bases, but could only bring one runner home on a single by Houghton to end the game.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Houghton has now hit three home runs in three games to tie for the team lead.
- Five Bisons recorded multiple hits (Adams, Dodson, Bashlor, Sorrells and Houghton).
- Sorrells’ two RBI’s give him 33 for the season, which is the most on the squad.
- The duration of the game was three hours and 48 minutes.
The Bisons will look to avoid a sweep in the series finale tomorrow. The game has been moved up to 11 a.m. CST due to predicted poor weather later in the afternoon.