LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lipscomb baseball team dropped the second game of its series against Liberty in heartbreaking fashion losing 5-3 on Saturday evening.
Despite poor weather conditions due to steady rainfall, starting pitcher Noah Thompson had his stuff working on the mound for the Bisons (27-22, 11-9 ASUN) and had his best outing of the year. The sophomore went 7.0 innings, with three strikeouts and allowed just four hits.
The Flames’ starting pitcher, Joseph Adametz, also had a nice outing and went 6.2 innings, with three strikeouts and allowed six hits. However, the Liberty defense was off its game and the Bisons took advantage of four errors made by the Flames.
The Purple and Gold plated the first run of the game in the top of the third after David Graves led off the inning and reached on throwing error. Brian Moore followed one batter later with a single, which put runners on the corners for Haddon Adams. Adams then came through and roped a single to left field and scored Graves.
The Bisons second run didn’t come until the top of the seventh. With two outs and runners on second and third, another error by the Liberty defense allowed Lipscomb to score. Adams sent a hard hit grounder to third, but the throw was a little short and the Liberty first baseman couldn’t dig it out making it 2-0 as Chaz Bertolani crossed home plate.
Things looked good for Lipscomb until Liberty took the lead in the bottom of the eighth after Thompson’s day was done. After two walks allowed by Max Habegger, Lipscomb made the switch to senior closer Robbie Knox. However, Knox couldn’t find the zone either and walked the first batter he faced to load the bases.
With Lipscomb in a jam and nobody out, Liberty took advantage. Brandon Rohrer stepped up and drove in a run with a single to make it 2-1. With the bases still loaded and nobody out Logan Mathieu doubled to left center, which put the Flames ahead 3-2. The Flames continued to score as Ben Highfill singled up the middle for the third hit in a row and plated two more runs making it a 5-2 ballgame.
Needing a quick turnaround, the Bisons bats were able to score one run in the top of the ninth on a single by Tevin Symonette, but ultimately came up short as Zeke Dodson grounded out to end the game.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb out-hit Liberty 11-7.
- The Bisons left 10 runners on base compared to seven by the Flames.
- Knox suffered the loss putting his record at 0-3.
- Moore, Symonette and Chris Bashlor each recorded two hits in the game.
Lipscomb and Liberty will faceoff in a rubber match tomorrow. First pitch will be at noon (CST).