|May 17, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: THOMPSON (4-5)||9.0||4||0||0||2||8|
|Loss: Jacob Laws (1-7)||5.0||5||4||4||3||3|
|Kevin Brenning (UNA)||4||0||1||0||0||0|
|Reid Homan (UNA)||4||0||1||0||0||0|
|Ben Kiefer (UNA)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|Tate Mathis (UNA)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
NASHVILLE – Noah Thompson led the Lipscomb baseball team in its way to a 4-0 win over North Alabama on Friday night a Dugan Field.
The Bisons (29-23, 13-10 ASUN) relied on their pitching for the second game in a row behind starter Thompson. The sophomore had it going from the first pitch and shut down the Lions offense for the entirety of the game.
Thompson, who threw seven scoreless innings in his last outing at Liberty, followed up with another great outing. The Louisville, Kentucky native went the distance for a complete game shutout, while allowing just four hits and struck out eight North Alabama batters.
“He just had control of it from the beginning and that’s a lot of fun,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “The hard work that all the pitchers put in and anytime someone gets an opportunity to get that complete game it’s a lot of fun, so it was great for him to have his best outing of the year tonight.
“He works hard every day and when you put in the work that he does, he wants to start and he wants to finish,” Forehand continued. “He just put in the work all year long and it paid off. I mean, it paid off last week. He pitched a great game last week as well and I just think the momentum is building for him and it’s fun and exciting to watch.”
With Thompson in control on the mound, it was up to the Lipscomb bats to provide some run support and after some early struggles they did.
Lipscomb jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first after loading the bases, but could only bring one runner in. Zeke Dodson sent a fly ball out to center that was deep enough for Tevin Symonette to tag and score making it 1-0.
The Bisons offense stalled until the bottom of the fifth. The Purple and Gold were able to load the bases once again, but this time scored three runs. Maddux Houghton started it off with a sacrifice fly to right to score Chaz Bertolani and Cade Sorrells followed with a two-RBI single to push the lead up to 4-0.
The game ended with Thompson producing a double play ball and a nice turn and flip for the 6-4-3 putout from Brian Moore and Jackson Furstace.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Thompson set a career high in innings pitched (9.0) and strikeouts (8).
- Thompson hasn’t given up a run over his last two starts.
- The Bisons recoded two more sacrifice fly’s on the night to give them five for the series.
- Lipscomb stole four bases in the first inning.
- Sorrells now has 50 RBI’s on the year, which ranks first in the ASUN.
Lipscomb will go for the series sweep at 1 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. There will also be a short ceremony for the Ken Dugan Award before the game.