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Bisons Come Up Short In Wild ASUN Championship Opener
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
By Jack Bluhm
Bisons Come Up Short In Wild ASUN Championship Opener

DELAND, Fla. – The Lipscomb baseball team lost its opening round game of the ASUN Championship to Jacksonville 12-11 in a wild extra innings contest on Wednesday night.

The Bisons got out to a hot start and took an early lead in the bottom of the first. Haddon Adams led things off with a double down the right field line and stole third to put him 90 feet away for Cade Sorrells. Sorells then knocked in Adams with a shot back up the middle to give the Bisons a 1-0 lead.

Zeke Dodson followed with a single and Chris Bashlor advanced the runners with a deep fly to center that was caught. Maddux Houghton stepped into the box next and delivered with a RBI single and stole second to put runners on second and third for David Graves, who came through with a two-RBI single to increase the Bisons leadt to 4-0.

Jacksonville came right back in the second to cut the Bisons lead in half with two runs. Both runs scored by the Dolphins came on bases loaded walks.

Lipscomb had a response, however, in the bottom half of the inning. The Bisons were able to load the bases and Dodson recorded a sac fly for the first run of the inning. The second run of the inning came a few pitches later as Adams scored on a wild pitch.

After a scoreless third, the Purple and Gold tacked on two more runs in the fourth to go up 8-2. With the bases loaded once again, the Bisons pushed their seventh run across the plate on a balk by the Jacksonville pitcher. With the bases still full after the runners advanced on the balk and Bashlor drew a walk, a pitch hit Houghton and the eighth run came home.

It was in the fifth inning when the tables turned for Lipscomb. The Bisons committed five errors in the inning and allowed three hits, which turned into eight runs for Jacksonville. And just like that a six-run lead turned into a two-run deficit with the score now sitting at 10-8.

The Dolphins tacked on another run in the sixth to make the score 11-8 on a RBI single to left by John Cassala.

Lipscomb kept things interesting and erased its three-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth to even the score at 11 runs apiece. Again, the Bisons loaded the bases and Houghton stepped into the box. On a 0-1 count, the sophomore hit a slow chopper to the right side of the pitchers mound and with his momentum carrying him away from the plate the Jacksonville tried to throw the ball home, but made an errant throw, which allowed two runs to score.

With runners now on second and third with one out after the error the tying run was just 90 feet from home and Graves was up to bat. The Waxhaw, North Carolina product sent a ball that deflected off the pitchers glove to the second baseman, who threw out Graves at first, but a run was able to come home to knot the score up at 11-11.

In the ninth, Lipscomb and Jacksonville both went three up and three down to push the game into extras.

Jacksonville made quick work in the top of the 10th and regained the lead. Cory Heffron got it started for the Dolphins with a leadoff triple and scored one batter later on a RBI single back up the middle by Cory Garrastazu to make it 12-11.

Needing another comeback to either extend the game or win it with a walk-off, the Bisons had the middle of their lineup due up. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get the job done despite putting runners on second and first as Von Watson struck out swinging to end the game. 

AROUND THE HORN:

  • Lipscomb committed a total of six errors in the game, which is a season high.
  • Lipscomb's six errors were the most in a game since 2014 when the Bisons had six against Miami Ohio.
  • There were 19 total walks in the game. 11 allowed by Lipscomb and eight allowed by Jacksonville.
  • The Bisons used three pitchers in the top of the fifth inning.
  • Adams finished 3-for-6 at the dish with a double, a stolen base and three runs scored.
  • Houghton went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a stolen base.
  • The duration of the game was 4:50, which is the longest game this season for Lipscomb.
  • This was the first extra innings game since 2016 in the ASUN Championship when Lipscomb lost to North Florida 1-0 in 11 innings.
  • This was the first extra innings since 2010 in the ASUN Championship that both teams had scored double-digit runs.

UP NEXT:
The Bisons will look to stay alive in the tournament as they take on the host team, No. 6 Stetson. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CST) and will be broadcat on ESPN+.