|March 07, 2020||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: HABEGGER (2-0)||5.1||2||2||2||5||5|
|Loss: Connor Shamblin (1-1)||5.0||6||3||3||4||6|
|Brett Auerbach (UA)||5||0||1||0||0||0|
|Tyler Gentry (UA)||3||0||1||1||1||0|
|Kolby Robinson (UA)||3||0||1||0||1||0|
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Lipscomb baseball team bounced back from a tough loss and held on to take the second game of the series vs. Alabama, 3-2.
The Bisons bats showed up on Saturday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium after they were held to just three hits on Friday night. Haddon Adams led off the game with a walk and was moved over to third after a bunt single by Maddux Houghton and a fielder’s choice. John Shields scored Adams with a RBI single to left field, putting Lipscomb on top 1-0.
On the mound, Lipscomb was able to get another quality outing from its starter, Max Habegger. The junior left-hander kept the Crimson Tide bats in-check over 5.1 innings as he allowed just two hits, two earned runs and struck out five.
After the second inning went scoreless, the Tide evened up the game in the third on a RBI double that sailed into the right field corner off the bat of Tyler Gentry.
Lipscomb responded, however, and took back the lead in fourth. Shields started it with a single and Jarrett O’Leary followed with double to put runners on second and third. Carson Wright was able to bring in Shields a couple batters later on a sacrifice fly.
The Bisons added to their lead in the next inning, to make it 3-1, with a RBI single from Houghton that scored Adams from second after Adams walked and advanced to second with a stolen base.
Alabama looked poised to make a rally in the bottom of the sixth as it loaded the bases, but the Purple and Gold were able to limit the damage to just one run. JT Caver came out of the bullpen and walked-in a run, but battled back and forced a pop out to end the threat.
The Bisons bullpen stayed strong for the rest of the way as Wyatt Folsom took over on the mound in the eighth and recorded the six-out save. Folsom held the Alabama offense to just one hit over his two innings to secure the win.
“For us, being able to play with [Alabama] two days in-a-row should give our guys some idea that if we can play with these guys, we can play with anybody,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I was very excited that we stopped those big innings they almost had. That attributes to the pitching and the defense and what we are trying to do, but those are things we have to work on so we aren’t putting ourselves in a jam to start with.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb improved to 9-4 on the season, while Alabama suffered its first loss.
- It was the first time the Bisons beat a ranked opponent since March 27, 2018 when they took down No. 8 Vanderbilt, 5-1.
- Folsom’s save was his first of the season.
- Houghton, Shields and Ty Jones all went 2-4 at the plate.
- The Purple and Gold out-hit the Tide, 8-3.
Lipscomb will look to win the series in the rubber match, which is scheduled for an 11 a.m. first pitch on Sunday.