NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team ended its regular season in thrilling action with a 4-3 victory over North Alabama on Saturday afternoon at Dugan Field.
Keeping with the theme of the series, pitching was dominant as Lipscomb starter, Joshua Colon, and North Alabama starter, Adam Mancour, had it going on the mound.
The two pitchers kept the offense to a minimum as the runs were hard to come by. Colon ended the day with 8.0 innings pitched, three strikeouts and allowed three earned runs on nine hits. Mancour countered with 6.1 innings, four strikeouts and two earned runs on six hits.
“Our pitching kept us in it, Josh kept us in the game,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “He kept putting up zeros and kept us in the game and then finally we cracked it.”
The Bisons (30-23, 14-10 ASUN) were able to jump out in front to grab the lead in the third after the first two innings went scoreless. Freshman Chaz Bertolani led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. With one out, Tevin Symonette stepped into the box and hit a deep fly ball to center for a sacrifice fly making 1-0.
The lead was short lived for Lipscomb, however, as the Lions came right back in the top of the fourth to go on top. Peyton Sockwell led off with a double and after two outs Colon left one out over the plate and Tate Mathis sent a two-run homer over the left field wall.
The Purple and Gold then fought its way back to tie things up in the seventh. Chris Bashlor led off and took a fastball deep to left to knot the score up at two runs apiece and knocked Mancour out of the game. With UNA going to the bullpen, Lipscomb looked to capitalize and was able to load the bases, but couldn’t add any additional runs.
Unlike Lipscomb, North Alabama did capitalize with runners on in the top of the eighth and went ahead 3-2. After back-to-back singles, Sockwell sent a single through the left side to score Davis Elliott.
With its backs now against the wall, Lipscomb needed a quick comeback. Cade Sorrells led off the bottom of the eighth and reached on an error and Zeke Dodson followed by hitting a single to left field, which was bobbled, to allow Sorrells to score all the way from first on a close play at the plate to tie the game back up.
Bashlor was up next and popped out to center, but it was hit deep enough for Dodson to tag and advance to third. With the go-ahead run just 90 feet away, Von Watson stepped into the box and came through with a RBI single back up the middle to make it 4-3 Bisons.
Senior Robbie Knox was then called for the save and he did just that and set down the Lions in order to secure the victory.
“We knew we were getting a good one in Robbie,” Forehand said. “We’re just excited that he’s here and he’s just a great representation, not only on the mound of how good a player he is, but he’s also a great person.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- The Bisons reached 30 wins in a season for the first time since 2016.
- Bashlor’s home run was his fourth of the year.
- Colon picked up his sixth win of the year.
- With his ninth save, Knox has set the single season record for Lipscomb.
- The Bisons used just four pitchers for the entire series.
- Haddon Adams was presented with the Ken Dugan Award in a short ceremony before the game.
The Bisons will head to the ASUN Championship as the No. 3 seed. The tournament will be held in DeLand, Florida from May 22-26 and Lipscomb’s first game will be on Wednesday versus Jacksonville.