NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team came away with a 1-0 victory in the first game of its series versus North Florida Friday night.
The Bisons (25-20, 9-7 ASUN) and the Ospreys (28-17, 8-7 ASUN) were locked in a pitchers duel for the entirety of the game. Lipscomb pitcher, Chris Kachmar, and North Florida pitcher, Brad Depperman, matched each other pitch-for-pitch and kept the scoring to a minimum.
Kachmar finished the day with a complete game shutout, allowed four hits, and struck out four batters. Depperman went 8.0 innings, allowed three hits, one earned and struck out seven.
“[Kachmar] really had his stuff tonight,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “He only gave up four hits to a really solid offensive team and we got that run in the first and that’s all we needed.”
Lipscomb got a run across the plate in the bottom of the first inning and that was the most action on offense for the entire game. After Cade Sorrells drew a two-out walk, Zeke Dodson ripped a double down the line in left and was able to bring Sorrells around to score on a close play at the plate.
The Ospreys made their biggest threat in the game in the top of the sixth. After a couple of errors from the Bisons infield, North Florida loaded the bases with just one out. However, Kachmar prevailed and got out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly ball to center.
The Bisons offense placed a runner on third in back-to-back innings during the sixth and the seventh, but was unable to add an insurance run to provide some cushion.
The one run was all that was needed though, as Kachmar sealed the deal and freshman Chaz Bertolani threw out an Osprey base stealer to end the game.
“When your guy pitches as well as [Chris] did it’s fun to let that one run hold up,” Forehand said. “I’ve been here a long time and that’s in the top-five of performances at Dugan Field.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- This was the first complete game shutout thrown by a Lipscomb pitcher this season.
- Two of the Bisons three hits were doubles by Dodson and reigning ASUN Player of the Week Tevin Symonette.
- The Ospreys stole two bases on the night and Sorrells stole the only base for the Bisons.
- Kachmar now improves to 7-3 on the year.
- The duration of the game was 2:22.
The Bisons and Ospreys are scheduled to play the second game of the series tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m., but with predicted showers a time change is possible. Tomorrow’s game is also Senior Day and Lipscomb will be honoring its 10 seniors with a pregame celebration
Be sure to check Lipscombsports.com and Twitter @Bisonbaseball for any schedule updates.