NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball came away with a 12-10 win in its midweek matchup versus Middle Tennessee at Dugan Field Tuesday evening.
“We did a lot of things well, not too many things early, but late in the game we did some goof things,” head coach Jeff Forehand said.
The Bisons (19-17, 3-6 ASUN) got off to a shaky start, as the Blue Raiders (15-22, 9-6 C-USA) were able to put two runs on the board in the top of the first. Aaron Antonini and Myles Christian took Lipscomb starting pitcher Erik Gutierrez deep for two solo homer runs to gain some early momentum.
Lipscomb answered quickly, however, and scored three runs in the bottom of the second. David Graves started the scoring with a RBI triple in the gap in right center and one pitch later Brian Moore smoked a two-run homer over the wall in left to give the Bisons a 3-2 lead.
Just as quickly as the Bisons gained the lead, they lost it. Middle Tennessee came right back and scored five runs, all with two outs, with three RBI singles and a two-RBI double to take back the lead in the top of the third.
The Purple and Gold made a dent in the Blue Raider lead in the bottom of the third and scored two runs on a RBI double down the line in left by Graves and a RBI groundout by Moore.
Middle Tennessee continued to score though as they had an answer for Lipscomb’s offense as it scored two runs in the fourth to make it 9-5. Blake Benefield hit the third solo home run of the game for the Blue Raiders and Brycen Thomas poked a RBI single to center.
Lipscomb then fought all the way back with a big sixth inning and tied it up at nine runs apiece. The Bisons plated four runs with a RBI double by Bashlor, RBI single by Josh Martinez who came around to score on a wild pitch and Graves came home to score from third when Moore was caught in a rundown on a delayed steal.
“We did a lot of good things in that four-run inning,” Forehand said. “We got three or four of our hits with two strikes, we executed a great hit and run, we ran a delayed steal which is something you don’t run all the time. All those things we did in that inning were crucial to us getting the game tied up and when you score late like that you put yourself in a great chance to win.”
The Bisons took the lead the following inning with two runs as Maddux Houghton recorded a RBI groundout and Cade Sorrells smacked a RBI single to the opposite field to make it an 11-9 ballgame.
Middle Tennessee did not go away and kept it close by scoring a run off a Bisons error in the eighth and cut it down to a one run game.
Lipscomb once again provided an answer and tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with a RBI single from Ty Jones and Robbie Knox came on to record the save and secure the victory.
AROUND THE HORN:
- There were 32 total hits in the game. The Bisons and Blue Raiders matched each other with 16 apiece.
- The Bisons have recorded double-digit runs and double-digit hits in four straight games.
- Moore’s home run was his second of the season.
- Max Habegger had a solid appearance out of the bullpen and threw three scoreless innings, gave up just one hit, struck out three and picked up his third win of the season.
- Knox picked up his fifth save of the season.
- Graves finished 3-for-5 at the dish with a double, a triple, two RBI and three runs scored.
- Sorrells also finished 3-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored.
The Bisons will return to conference play with a series at NJIT April 18-20. The series will begin on Thursday and finish on Saturday due to the Easter holiday. First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST.