KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team dropped its fourth game in a row falling to Tennessee 11-2 on Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Bisons (15-16, 3-6 ASUN) found themselves in a hole early on in the game and could never dig themselves out. Sophomore lefty Palmer Steventon made his first start of the season and was taken deep to left field three batters in a row. Zach Daniels, Andre Lipcius and Alerick Soularie went back-to-back-to-back, all solo shots, to give Tennessee a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Lipscomb responded, however, with two runs in the top of the second. The Purple and Gold loaded the bases after Cade Sorrells reached on a fielders choice, Maddux Houghton was hit by a pitch and Chaz Bertolani drew a walk. The runs for Lipscomb came on a wild pitch and an error on the Tennessee pitcher, who fumbled the ball on the throwback from the catcher, allowing Houghton to come in from third.
The Volunteers (24-10, 4-8 SEC) came back in the third with a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-2 ballgame and would go into cruise control from there.
The Bisons offense never seemed to find their groove as they were held without a hit until the top of the sixth. Josh Martinez was finally was able to put one in play with an opposite field single to left, but would do no damage as he would be thrown out on a fielders choice the next batter up.
Tennessee continued to show off their power smacking four more home runs throughout the course of the game. Lipcius and Soularie would each hit their second home runs of the night going back-to-back in the sixth, Landon Gray hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh and Pete Derkay would also hit a pinch-hit, two run homer in the eighth to make it 11-2 Vols.
“Tonight they were just a lot better than we were,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I don’t think that is any indication on how our team is overall, but tonight it’s a tough pill to swallow when we didn’t perform very well.
“We didn’t come into this game thinking ‘Oh it’s a Power 5 and they are going to win the game’,” Forehand continued. “We’re playing good teams and teams that are going to prepare us for what’s going to happen in the last five or six weeks of the season. We need to improve on what we did tonight. On the mound we need to improve and we need to improve on offense, so when we do that we’re going to be okay. We’re better than what we showed tonight.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Bertolani had the only other hit of the game for Lipscomb with a single in the eighth.
- Lipscomb’s two hits were its lowest total of the season.
- Matthew Maldonado made a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the ninth for his first at-bat of the season.
- Tennessee hit a total of seven home runs in the game, which is the most allowed by the Bisons pitching staff this season.
- 10 out of the 11 Tennessee runs came via the long ball.
- The Purple and Gold are now 1-4 against Power 5 opponents this year.
The Bisons have a quick turnaround and will return home to host Kentucky tomorrow night at 6 p.m.