NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team picked up a 6-2 win in its series opener versus North Alabama at Dugan Field on Thursday evening.
The Bisons (28-23, 12-10) got another stellar performance on the mound from senior Chris Kachmar. The righty ended the day with 8.0 innings pitched, 10 strikeouts, allowed seven hits and two earned runs.
“We’ve been playing really well as a team collectively,” Kachmar said. “Our defense is playing great. Our offense is scoring a lot of runs. I’m just trying to do my job and give us an opportunity to win.”
The back-to-back ASUN Pitcher of the Week started off a little slow as the two runs he gave up came in the first inning, but he settled in from there and tossed seven scoreless innings.
“They had me a little bit in the first,” Kachmar said. “I just hand to settle in and get more comfortable. I just kind of got in a groove then. I was working really well with Chaz [Bertolani] and Coach Ogden and it really worked out well.”
North Alabama’s two runs came off a leadoff solo homer by Davis Elliott and a RBI single from Reid Homan.
The Lions lead didn’t last long, however, as Lipscomb came right back in the bottom and scored three runs. After back-to-back singles from Tevin Symonette and Maddux Houghton to start the home half inning, Zeke Dodson lined a RBI single to center for the first run. Houghton came across the plate on an error on a pickoff attempt and David Graves recorded a sac fly to make it 3-2.
The Purple and Gold’s offense took over from there with Kachmar dealing on the mound. In the third senior Cade Sorrells hit a solo bomb over the right field wall and Jackson Furstace recorded two sacrifice fly’s in the sixth and eighth innings putting the score at 6-2.
Robbie Knox came in the top of the ninth and recorded the final three outs to secure the victory.
With the win and a loss by Kennesaw State to Jacksonville also happening tonight, the Bisons clinched a spot in next week’s ASUN Championship.
“In a league as good as ours with nine teams and three of them are going to be out anybody can go in the tournament and show well,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “It’s a great thing when we talk about it from the beginning of the year. Everybody’s goal is to win it, but qualifying for the tournament is another goal as well and that’s a big thing for us tonight.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Kachmar now has nine wins on the season, which leads the ASUN.
- Kachmar’s 10 strikeouts tied a season high and was one away from tying his career high.
- Sorrell’s home run was his fifth of the year.
- The Bisons recorded three sacrifice fly’s in the game.
- The duration of the game was 2:06.
The Bisons and Lions will take the diamond tomorrow for the second game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.