DELAND, Fla. – The Lipscomb baseball team saw its season come to an end Thursday evening at the ASUN Championship with a 6-5 loss to Stetson despite a couple of miraculous comebacks.
In their second game of the tournament the Bisons found themselves locked in a pitchers duel with the Hatters.
Lipscomb starter, Noah Thompson, and Stetson starter, Robbie Peto didn’t allow either offense to get going as the game went scoreless through five innings. Thompson allowed just two hits and Peto also allowed just two hits through five.
The first run of the game came in the top of the sixth for the Hatters. On what should have been the third and final out of the inning, Jacob Koos reached first after striking out on a wild pitch that made its way to the backstop.
That miscue proved to be costly for the Bisons as Eric Foggo doubled down the right field line on the next at-bat and Koos scored all the way from first making it 1-0 Stetson.
Lipscomb came close to answering in the home half of the sixth, but couldn’t crack Peto. Haddon Adams led off with a double into the left field corner and was able to get to third, but was ultimately stranded.
Stetson then took control in the top of the eighth as it tacked on two insurance runs on a pair of sacrifice flies by Kyle Ball and Koos to put the score at 3-0.
The Purple and Gold tried to respond in the bottom of the eighth. With the bases loaded due to two walks and single, Zeke Dodson stepped into the box and looked to get the Bisons on the board. However, he grounded out to third on a slow chopper to end the threat.
The Hatters scored their fourth in the top of the ninth on a RBI double.
It was in the top of the ninth that the Bisons were finally able to put something together. Lipscomb once again loaded the bases, but this time there were no outs. With the momentum now on Lipscomb’s side, the Bisons took advantage and tied the game up.
Ty Jones started the scoring with a pinch-hit RBI single, Jackson Furstace followed by drawing a walk to score one and Adams shot a single into right center to bring in two knotting the score up at four runs apiece to push the game into extras.
In the tenth frame, Stetson regained the lead by recording its third sacrifice fly of the game and went 5-4 forcing another comeback out of the Bisons. And they would do just that.
In the bottom of the 10th, Lipscomb was able to get the leadoff man on with a walk and moved him into scoring position after a sacrifice. With two outs, Jarrett O’Leary dug in and kept the season going with a base knock to center tying the game at 5-5.
After a scoreless 11th, the Hatters took advantage of two errors made by the Bisons in the 12th, which put runners on the corners for Foggo. Foggo would then knock in the game-winning run for Stetson as he beat out an infield single to shortstop.
Lipscomb tried to pull one more comeback out and was able put the tying run on second, but came up short as Michael Bacia struck out the side to end Lipscomb’s season.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Thompson finished the day with 8.0 innings, one earned run and two strikeouts.
- Peto went 8.1 innings with one earned run and nine strikeouts.
- Robbie Knox threw four innings in a relief appearance after Thompson’s day was done. He allowed three hits, two earned runs and struck out three.
- Lipscomb struck out 13 times in the game.
- Lipscomb committed five errors in the game, giving them 11 for the tournament.
- This was the final game for 10 Lipscomb players: Joshua Colon, Zeke Dodson, Alex Dorso, Jackson Furstace, Erik Gutierrez, Chris Kachmar, Robbie Knox, Cade Sorrells, Adam Stewart and Tevin Symonette.
- This was the second-straight extra innings game for Lipscomb.