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Win: KACSO (1-4) 9.051124
Loss: KACHMAR (5-3) 7.0955210
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MARCANO (NJIT) 412000
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Win: THOMPSON (2-4) 6.052106
Loss: STAFFLINGER (1-4) 5.277333
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HELMKAMP (NJIT) 513100
Bisons Split Doubleheader At NJIT
Thursday, April 18, 2019
By Jack Bluhm
Bisons Split Doubleheader At NJIT

AUGUSTA N.J. – The Lipscomb baseball team split in its doubleheader against NJIT at Skylands Stadium Thursday afternoon.

Game One:

The Bisons (20-18, 4-7 ASUN) dropped the first game of its doubleheader losing 5-1 to the Highlanders (12-19-1, 4-10 ASUN).

Lipscomb was able to get off to a good start and grabbed the lead in the top of the first after Maddux Houghton hit a double in the gap to right center and Cade Sorrells drove him in a few pitches later with a single to right field.

That would be it for the Bisons in the scoring department, however, as the bats were held in check for the rest of the game. The Purple and Gold only managed to produce three hits the rest of the game for a total of five.

NJIT did all of its damage in the early innings, as they were able to match Lipscomb to tie the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first and then go on to take and hold the lead.

The Highlanders took control of the game in the bottom of the second inning and plated three runs off a solo home run, a balk and a RBI double to take a 4-1 lead.

NJIT scored its fifth and final run in the bottom of the fourth with a RBI single and almost scored more as it loaded the bases, but Lipscomb starting pitcher Chris Kachmer worked his way out of the jam and limited the damage to a single run.

 

Game Two:

The second game of the day started out very similar to game one when the Bisons took the lead in the top of the first. Sorrells hit a single to center that was misplayed by the Highlanders center fielder and allowed Houghton to come around to score, which made it 1-0.

Just like in the first game, NJIT came right back and evened the score at one run apiece in the bottom of the first with a RBI single to left field.

After a scoreless second inning, the Highlanders jumped ahead in the third thanks to another RBI single, but the Bisons were quick to respond. Chaz Bertolani tied the game at 2-2 with a RBI single of his own after Tevin Symonette and Moore reached base with back-to-back walks.

From there the two ball clubs went scoreless until the Bisons took control in the top of the sixth. The Purple and Gold scored five runs and made it a 7-2 ballgame in large part due to some small-ball play and errors by the Highlanders defense.

Lipscomb got the first five runners on base in the sixth with three singles, an error and a fielders choice. Moore started the scoring with a safety squeeze play to bring home Bashlor. Bertolani came through with two RBI as he sent a single into right field, which drove in his second and third runs of the game. A couple of batters later, Sorrells provided two more runs on a two-RBI double down the line in right to make it 7-2.

NJIT didn’t go down without a fight, however. The Highlanders scored a run in the eighth and threatened in the bottom of the ninth after they scored another run to make it a 7-4 ballgame, but were unable to complete the comeback as Scott Elgin closed it out for Lipscomb.

 

AROUND THE HORN:

  • The Bisons win in game two was their 20th of the season.
  • Thompson has now won his last two starts.
  • Elgin recorded his first save of the season and of his collegiate career.
  • Bertolani finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in game two.
  • Sorrells drove in three of Lipscomb’s eight runs between the two games.

 

UP NEXT:

The Bisons and Highlanders will battle it out in a rubber match tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. CST.