NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team earned its sixth straight win as it shutout the Missouri State Bears 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Bisons jumped out to another early lead on a sunny afternoon from Ken Dugan Field with some instant offense in the very first inning. Lipscomb’s leadoff hitter, Haddon Adams, put his power on display and sent a solo home run over the fence in deep center making it 1-0.
Now pitching with a lead, Lipscomb’s starter Max Habegger was locked in on the mound. The junior lefty was able to shake off some early hit batters and shut down the Missouri State offense. Over five innings of work, Habbegger allowed just two hits and struck out five.
The bats for the Purple and Gold made sure to back up the pitching staff and continued to provide some important run support. In the third, Malik Williams was able to bring in Adams on a single to left after Adams reached on an error from the Missouri State shortstop.
Lipscomb tacked on two more runs in the fifth to extend its lead to 4-0 as Maddux Houghton sent a hanging breaking-ball left out over the heart of the plate over the trees in left field for a two-run homer.
Those four runs would be all that Lipscomb needed as the bullpen picked up where Habegger left off and led the Bisons to another win. Patrick Williams came on in the sixth to relieve Habegger and tossed three scoreless innings and surrendered only one hit, while striking out two batters. Wyatt Folsom was given the ball in the ninth and retired the Bears to end the game.
“Anytime you get a shutout, you’ve got to tip your cap to the pitchers,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “It was such a good outing for the entire pitching staff and defense. Max was able to put up zeroes for five innings and then Patrick comes in as a freshman and just pumps strikes, which is the name of the game.
“We prepare to win the game. When you pull of what you practice it’s satisfying to see and when we do a lot of the things we work on and you see the success come from that, that’s the exciting part.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb’s 6-0 start to the season is the best start in the programs Division I history
- Habegger earned his first win of the season in his second start on the mound
- The home runs hit by Adams and Houghton were both their firsts of the year
- Missouri State has now gone two straight games without scoring a run
- The duration of the game was two hours and 12 minutes
The Bisons will close out the week with a Sunday afternoon game versus Samford. First pitch from Dugan Field is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.