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Texas Southern000000200254
Lipscomb10202408X17141
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: KACHMAR (5-2) 7.052018
Loss: Alex Carrillo (2-7) 4.165573
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Victor Cruz (TSU) 302100
SORRELLS (LIP) 522200
BASHLOR (LIP) 412100
GRAVES (LIP) 222340
JONES (LIP) 402100
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Texas Southern000010310563
Lipscomb11042021011132
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: THOMPSON (1-4) 7.054455
Loss: Noe Guerrero III (2-6) 6.0108813
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Ryan Diaz (TSU) 412000
Victor Cruz (TSU) 412401
WATSON (LIP) 423200
FURSTACE (LIP) 413301
Baseball Wins Both Games In Doubleheader Versus Texas Southern
Friday, April 12, 2019
By Jack Bluhm
Baseball Wins Both Games In Doubleheader Versus Texas Southern

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team ended its five-game losing streak and picked up two wins in a Friday doubleheader versus Texas Southern.

Game One:

The Bisons (17-17, 3-6 ASUN) were in control from the very beginning to start Friday’s doubleheader. Starting pitcher Chris Kachmar had his stuff working all day long and kept the Texas Southern bats quiet. The senior finished the day with seven innings pitched, five hits allowed and eight strikeouts.

Lipscomb’s offense was able to break out of its run-scoring slump and plated 17 runs during the game. Cade Sorrells started the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first, which gave Lipscomb the early lead.

The Purple and Gold never looked back from there and continued to get men on base and score runs. Haddon Adams recorded another sacrifice fly and Sorrells was walked-in in the third. In the fifth, the Bisons scored two more runs via walks to go up 5-0.

Lipscomb came right back in the sixth and scored four runs to make it 9-0 ballgame. Josh Martinez recorded an RBI single, Chris Bashlor had a RBI groundout, David Graves hit a RBI-single back up the middle and Ty Jones singled to left which drove in Graves.

The Tigers showed a little sign of life in the seventh with two RBI-singles from Jordan Hollins and Victor Cruz, but the Bisons saved their best inning for last and scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth to seal the game.

All of the damage done by Lipscomb in the eighth was with the bases loaded. Von Watson was walked-in, Chaz Bertolani hit a RBI-single, Jackson Furstace’s base-knock to center scored one run, Sorrells picked up his second RBI of the day on a groundout to first and Chandler Chambers delivered the crushing blow with a grand slam to seal the 17-2 victory.

 

Game Two:

It was much of the same in game number two. The Bisons bats were alive and the pitching was dominant.

Starter Noah Thompson picked up his first win of the season going seven innings and allowed five hits, four earned runs and struck out five batters. The sophomore never allowed a Tiger batter to get to third base.

Lipscomb was once again able to grab the lead in the first inning and never gave it up. After Adams was able to advance to third on bad throw from a pickoff attempt, Martinez drove him in on a groundout to second.

The Bisons plated their second run of the game on a RBI-single from Furstace to go up 2-0.

Furstace continued to drive in runs by blasting a two-run homer over the wall in left as part of a four-run fourth inning. Watson drove in two runs with a single through the left side one batter earlier.

Texas Southern drove in their first run of the game on a RBI-single from Cruz in the fifth, but Lipscomb answered right back as Houghton went yard with a two-run homer to make it 8-1 Bisons.

After a scoreless sixth, the Tigers were finally able to get a hold of one off Thompson as Cruz drove in his fourth RBI of the game with a three-run homer to cut the Bisons lead in half.

The Purple and Gold weren’t done scoring, however. The Bisons plated two runs to retaliate on a RBI double to straight away center by Bashlor and a RBI single from Houghton making it 10-4 Lipscomb through seven.

The Bisons would run into a bit of trouble in the eighth as they walked in a run with the bases loaded, but limited the damage to just one run as Tyler Sills was able to get out of the jam.

Lipscomb came back once again and matched with one run on a passed ball in the eighth and Caleb Brenczewski came on to seal the 11-5 victory.

“Noah pitched good and Kach pitched good and they gave us great starts,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “Your pitching keeps you in the game and when you get great starts like that, so I’m happy with what we did on the mound.

“That’s what we expect out of them,” Forehand continued. “That’s why they are our weekend guys and that’s what they do. We expect that every time.”

AROUND THE HORN:

  • Thompson picked off three base runners in game two.
  • Texas Southern allowed 14 walks in game one.
  • Graves stole three bases over the two games.
  • Chambers’ grand slam was the first of his career and second of the season for the Bisons.
  • The 17 runs in the first game tied the second most runs scored in a game by Lipscomb this season.

UP NEXT:

The Bisons will go for the series sweep tomorrow at noon. The game has been bumped up two hours due to predicted rain in the forecast tomorrow afternoon.