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Bisons Fall In Extras At Middle Tennessee
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
By Jack Bluhm
Bisons Fall In Extras At Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team lost in its first road game of the season at Middle Tennessee, 7-6, on Tuesday evening.

The Bisons played their first game away from Dugan Field as they made the short trip down I-24 to Murfreesboro and the scoring started quick from Reese Smith Jr. Field. Chris Bashlor stepped in as just the second batter of the game and gave one a ride with a solo home run to give the Bisons an early 1-0 lead.

The lead was short lived, however. Middle Tennessee answered right back in the bottom of the first as its leadoff hitter, Fausto Lopez, sent a single into left field and moved to third after a passed ball and tagging up on a fly out. Lopez came home to score on the next batter with a RBI single from Brycen Thomas.

The Blue Raiders went on to extend their lead over the next two innings, as the Bisons bats fell silent. One run was scored in both the second and the third on RBI singles to put Middle Tennessee up 3-1.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Lipscomb was able to tie the game up by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. Maddux Houghton led off the inning with a single and Malik Williams was hit by a pitch on the following at-bat to put runners on first and second. They were then pushed over to second and third on a sacrifice bunt from Jarrett O’Leary. Houghton scored first off a wild pitch, while Williams was brought in on a sacrifice fly from Ty Jones to even the score at 3-3.

Once again though, Middle Tennessee provided an answer in the home half of the inning to take back the lead. DJ Wright scored off a sacrifice fly after he singled and was advanced to third on another single.

Lipscomb stayed resilient as it fought its way back to force another tie in the seventh. A double down the line from Houghton started it for the Bisons and then the centerfielder put his speed on display to steal third. Houghton stayed ready on the base paths a couple of batters later as he beat a throw to the plate on an attempted pickoff throw that was fumbled by the MT first baseman to knot the score up at 4-4.

Unfortunately for the Bisons, the tie was broken in the bottom of the seventh. The Blue Raiders sent a solo home run that just barely made it over the top of the left field fence off the bat of Wright making it 5-4.

Middle Tennessee added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to push the deficit to two runs, but the Bisons battled back once again and tied the game in the top of the ninth to force extras.

Houghton led off with a single and moved up to third after a groundout and then a base hit by Chaz Bertolani. Houghton later scored on a RBI single from Jones. Next up was Knox Preston, who was able to reach base safely on a fielding error giving the Bisons bases loaded with one out. Carson Wright then came through with a hard hit ball to short allowing Bertolani to score due to the only play available being at second base putting the score even at six runs each.

Ultimately, Lipscomb would give up a walk-off single to Lopez in the bottom of the 10th after MT was able to load the bases and lose the game 7-6. 

“We shot ourselves in the foot several times,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “But to look at it from the positive end, we did minimize some innings that could have been big because they scored only one run every time they scored, they just scored seven times. We just shot ourselves in the foot on things that we talk about a lot.”

AROUND THE HORN:

  • This was the first extra-innings game for the Bisons this year.
  • Houghton went 4-for-5 at the plate and scored three runs.
  • Haddon Adams extended his hitting streak to 11-games.
  • Bashlor’s home run was his second of the year.
  • Lipscomb was outhit, 13-12 

UP NEXT:

Lipscomb will travel down to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide for a weekend series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m.