|February 20, 2020||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
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|Loss: Presko (0-1)||1.1||0||2||0||1||1|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team battled its way to a fourth-consecutive victory and defeated Evansville on Thursday afternoon, 4-1.
The Bisons and the Aces were locked in a pitching duel early on as Lipscomb starter, Logan Van Treeck, and Evansville starter, Caleb Reinhardt, were dealing on the mound. Both teams posted zeroes on the scoreboard through the first three innings of the game.
In the fourth inning, Evansville took advantage of Van Treeck’s one mistake during his outing and Tanner Craig went yard with a solo home run to centerfield for the first run of the ball game.
The Lipscomb bats were finally able to come alive in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a double down the left field line by Jarrett O’Leary, which gave Lipscomb its first hit of the game. One batter later, with two outs, Haddon Adams came through with a clutch base hit to left center to plate O’Leary and even the game up at 1-1.
Following a scoreless sixth, the Bisons were able to cash in on some miscues by the Evansville pitching staff to take the lead.
After Ty Jones and O’Leary both were hit by a pitch, Brian Moore showed good discipline at the plate and drew a walk to load the bases with one out. A passed ball allowed Jones to score and then Adams recorded his second RBI of the day on a groundout to the shortstop to make it 3-1 Bisons.
Van Treeck was relieved on the mound by Wyatt Folsom and the junior had his stuff working. Folsom recorded back-to-back 1-2-3 innings to stifle the Aces bats and maintain the lead for Lipscomb going into the eighth inning.
In the eighth, first baseman Chris Bashlor added an insurance run with a line shot that cleared the wall in left for a solo home run to all but seal the deal for the Bisons. Tyler Guilfoil then came on in the ninth and closed it out.
“We recognized early with the weather conditions that it wasn’t going to be an offensive-type day,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “The game today was about pitching. Logan, right out of the shoot, gave us six solid innings and then Wyatt was just masterful and Guilfoil was solid in the ninth as well.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Despite winning, Lipscomb was out-hit, 5-4
- Bashlor’s home run was his first of the season and the fourth for the Purple and Gold as a team
- Folsom earned his first win of the season throwing two scoreless innings and allowing just one hit
- Van Treeck went 6.0 innings, allowed four hits, one earned run and struck out three
- Guilfoil picked up his second save on the year
The Bisons will play host to Bradley for their second game of the Turface Classic. First pitch from Dugan Field will be at 2:05 p.m.