NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team suffered its first loss of the season as it fell to Samford by a score of 7-3 on Sunday afternoon.
The Bisons started off the final game of the Turface Classic on a shaky note with Samford leadoff hitter, Max Pinto, being able to reach and advance to second base on a throwing error. Pinto eventually gave Samford a 1-0 lead when he came home on a sacrifice fly.
Lipscomb responded quickly, however, in the bottom of the first to make it an even ballgame again. The Purple and Gold were able to load the bases for John Shields and he sent a ball to second base making the only play available for the Samford infielder to get the runner at second and allow a run to score.
Samford would retake the lead in the very next inning off a RBI single and a hit by pitch when the bases were loaded.
Lipscomb continued to claw its way back in the game by scoring one run in the third and one run in the fourth to force another tie at 3-3.
In the third, Haddon Adams led off with double and was pushed over to third on a sacrifice bunt by Maddux Houghton. Adams would come around to score a couple batters later as a balk was called on the Samford pitcher.
In the fourth, the Bisons were once again able to load the bases and cashed in with Adams drawing a walk.
For Samford, they would seize the momentum in the seventh inning on a three-run home run to left field, putting the score at 6-3. The Bulldogs would go on to add one more run in the eighth, this time by way of a solo home run to left center to all but seal it.
Lipscomb wasn’t able to produce a rally and saw its winning streak come to an end at six games.
“I don’t think we played badly, but Samford did outplay us today,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “Our goal was to win the sixth, seventh and eighth innings and we lost those today. It was disappointing today that we didn’t play our best, but again we’re off to a great start.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb was outhit for just the second time this season, 9-4
- Gavin Grubbs suffered his first lost of the year after 3.0 innings of relief work and allowing three runs on three hits with two strike outs
- Dylan Bierman went 4.0 innings in his second start of the season while allowing two earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts
- Chaz Bertolani caught his second runner stealing
- Adams went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a walk to lead the Bisons at the plate.
Lipscomb will have a little time off before it hosts Big Ten Conference member Ohio State for a three-game series starting next weekend (Feb. 28-Mar. 1). First pitch from Dugan Field on Friday is set for 4:05 p.m.