NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team fell in its midweek matchup to Kentucky 6-2 on Wednesday night at Dugan Field.
The Bisons (15-17, 3-6 ASUN) and Wildcats (18-15, 2-10 SEC) were locked in a low-scoring affair for the early innings of the game behind some solid starting pitching from both squads.
Erik Gutierrez for Lipscomb and Dillon Marsh for Kentucky kept the offense to a minimum as both teams were held scoreless through four innings.
The Bisons had an opportunity to score some runs in the second inning, as they were able to load the bases after a couple base knocks from Maddux Houghton and David Graves and walk by Chaz Bertolani, but were unable to drive any runs in.
The Wildcats were able to grab the lead in the top of the fifth inning on what should have been a routine pop up to end the inning, but three Bisons lost track of the ball under the night sky and let it fall to the ground. With two outs, the Kentucky base runners were aggressive on the base paths and capitalized on the miscue by Lipscomb by plating two runs.
The Bisons would recover, however, as senior Cade Sorrells was able to take a 2-0 pitch just over the wall in right center field in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit in half.
Lipscomb was able to get another run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game on sacrifice fly by Haddon Adams, but another mistake would cost the Bisons a chance to take the lead. On the sacrifice by Adams, Jackson Furstace stayed a little too aggressive on the base paths and tried to score all the way from second, but was thrown out at the plate.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Kentucky was able to break the game open in the top of the eighth. The Wildcats were able to load the bases drawing three walks off Bisons pitchers Max Habegger and Tyler Guilfoil. With the pressure now on, Guilfoil tried a pickoff attempt to second base, but the ball sailed into center field and allowed a Kentucky base runner to come home from third.
A couple of pitches later, Jaren Shelby launched a three-run homer over the wall in left center to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
Lipscomb failed to produce a base runner in the eighth and ninth inning to end the game.
“I hope we can take some things out of losses,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “That’s one of the things I tell players all the time. If you lose the game, you’ve got to learn something from it. Nobody wants to learn lessons in losses, we’d love to learn lessons even if we play bad and win.
“It’s just one of those that just happens with the game,” Forehand continued. “You can’t blame it on somebody.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb has now lost five games in a row, which ties its longest losing streak of the season.
- Sorrells now leads the Bisons in home runs with four.
- Bertolani caught two runners stealing on the night.
- Lipscomb left 10 runners on base compared to just three by Kentucky.
The Bisons will host Texas Southern over the weekend in a non-conference series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m.
With poor weather predicted for the weekend be sure to check back on lipscombsports.com and @Bisonbaseball on Twitter for any game updates.