NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team dropped the first game in its weekend series with Ohio State losing to the Buckeyes on Friday 11-6.
The game started off in a pitchers duel as Lipscomb starter, Scott Elgin, and Ohio State starter Garrett Burhenn had it going on the mound early. The two arms held the offense in check for the first two and a half innings as the game was tied at 0-0 heading into the bottom of third.
That’s when the Bisons were able to claim the first lead of the game. Leadoff hitter Haddon Adams reached on a single and one batter later Maddux Houghton singled to right field putting runners on the corners. Lipscomb followed with three-consecutive RBI singles from Malik Williams, Knox Preston and John Shields to go up 3-0 before the inning came to an end.
Lipscomb’s lead wouldn’t last very long, however. RBI singles by Mitchell Okuley and Marcus Ernst cut the Bisons lead to one after the fourth. In the fifth, it was a pair of RBI singles again but this time from Scottie Seymour and Nate Karaffa to give the Buckeyes the lead. OSU extended its lead by scoring five runs in the sixth via a sacrifice fly, a rundown, which allowed a run to score and a three run home run from Karaffa.
With the score now at 10-3, the Purple and Gold responded by putting up a run in the seventh inning on a single back up the middle by Williams. Ohio State then answered back in the following inning with a RBI single to make it 11-4.
Down to their last cuts, the Bisons started a small comeback and loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with no outs and brought two runs in. Williams recorded a sacrifice fly and Shields had a RBI groundout, but Von Watson couldn’t continue the scoring as he struck out to end the game.
“We didn’t win the freebies,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “We walked their leadoff batter in the fifth, in the sixth and in the seventh and then we hit a guy in the eighth. That’s not to put it all on the pitching staff because we didn’t do a whole lot offensively, their guy was really good, but we had a three-run lead. We just have to not give up so many free bases and force them to drive the runs in rather than us putting them on for free.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb was outhit, 16-11
- The Bisons pitching staff allowed nine walks, which is a season-high
- Adams extended his hitting streak to eight games by going 2-for-5 at the plate
- Williams recorded three of Lipscomb’s six RBI
- Logan Van Treeck suffered his first lost on the year throwing 1.0 inning and surrendering three hits, five earned runs and five walks
The Bisons and Buckeyes will take the diamond for game two of the series tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. from Dugan Field.