|May 05, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: MARCHESE (6-0)||8.2||10||4||4||3||8|
|Loss: THOMPSON (3-5)||6.1||6||4||4||4||3|
|May 05, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: COLON (5-3)||7.0||7||0||0||2||2|
|Loss: REITZ (4-5)||6.0||3||1||1||0||4|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team celebrated Senior Day with a doubleheader at Dugan Field on Sunday afternoon and split the two games versus North Florida.
The Bisons (26-21, 10-8 ASUN) got off to a slow start in the first game of the day as they fell behind early in the top of the first. The Ospreys (27-20, 9-8 ASUN) scored the first two runs of the game after two walks and a double down the right field line by David Maberry.
Lipscomb came right back in the bottom of the first, however, as reigning ASUN Player of the Week Tevin Symonette blasted a solo homer over the wall in left to put the score at 2-1.
In the top of the second the Bisons found themselves in more trouble. The Ospreys loaded the bases with no outs and threated to put up a big crooked number. Fortunately, Lipscomb starting pitcher was able to limit the damage to just one run by producing a double play and another groundout to keep the Purple in Gold in shouting distance with a score of 3-1.
The Bisons fought their way back to tie the game by scoring one run in the third and one run in the sixth. Symonette recorded his second RBI of the game with a two-out RBI double after Haddon Adams hit a triple in third and David Graves poked a single through the right side to score Zeke Dodson from third to knot it up at 3-3.
It was in the seventh inning when the wheels fell off for Lipscomb. Once again, North Florida loaded the bases and just like in the first inning David Maberry stepped up to the plate and sent a double down the line in right, which plated two runs. The very next batter, Tanner Murphy lined a single through the left side and drove in two more runs making it 7-3.
The Ospreys extended their lead to five runs in the eighth with a solo home run by Chris Berry.
The Bisons tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth and scored a run off a single by Adams, but left the bases loaded to end the game with a score of 8-4.
“We just started slow,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “Luckily Tevin hit the homerun to keep it close and then we tied it up, but their guy, a right handed hitter, just flares one over the first baseman’s head and those things happen. I’d love for him to pop it right to the first baseman, but those things happen. I don’t want to dwell on that, but sometimes that’s just baseball.”
The second game of the afternoon was shortened to seven innings due to travel considerations.
The rubber match of the series played out very similarly to the first game of the series in the regard of there wasn’t much offense. Lipscomb starter, Joshua Colon, and North Florida starter, Brandon Reitz had their stuff going on the mound.
Colon ended the day with a complete game shutout and allowed seven hits. The senior also recorded two strikeouts.
“That’s what the story is about,” Forehand said. “It’s about him just pitching really well and that’s what we expect on Senior Day or no day or whatever. He gave us a solid outing. We felt like for sure, if we were going to go with a short game, it would be great for him because he might give us a complete game and sure enough he did.”
Colon’s counterpart, Reitz, matched with 6.0 innings, three hits, one earned run and four strikeouts.
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the second inning. Dodson led off and launched his fourth homer of the year over the wall in left to give the Bisons a 1-0 lead.
From there the game was controlled by Colon. The native of Carolina, Puerto Rico held strong in the top of the seventh, despite a lead off double and a walk putting men on second and third, and led the Bisons to a series victory.
“It’s pretty special to have all the seniors here, family is here and cheering. It’s a heck of a ride, man,” Colon said. “I’m just trying to throw strikes and it’s all about that. I got behind a couple of times, but it worked. Our pitching coach had some great calls and it worked. We won.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- The Bisons have now won three-straight conference series.
- Colon’s shutout was the second of the weekend for the Bisons.
- Lipscomb was outscored 8-6 in the series, despite winning two games.
- In the second game of the day, North Florida stranded nine runners compared to just one by Lipscomb.
- The duration of game two was 1:32
- The 10 seniors honored before the first game were: Cade Sorrells, Jackson Furstace, Adam Stewart, Chris Kachmar, Symonette, Erik Gutierrez, Colon, Robbie Knox, Dodson and Alex Dorso.
The Bisons will hit the road and travel to Lynchburg, Virginia for a conference series against Liberty May 10-12. The series will begin on Friday with a 5 p.m. (CST) first pitch.