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Win: Antoine Jean (3-0) 5.041106
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Bisons Drop Series Finale At Alabama
Sunday, March 8, 2020
By Jack Bluhm
Bisons Drop Series Finale At Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Lipscomb baseball team dropped the final game in its series with Alabama on Sunday afternoon, 14-2.

It was a rough outing for the Bisons against the Crimson Tide as the damage started early. In the top of the second, the Tide loaded up the bases for Brett Auerbach and he ripped a double down the left field line to score all the runners putting the Tide up 3-0.

Lipscomb was able to get a run back in the top of the fourth. After Maddux Houghton started it off with a single, John Shields sent a double down the right field line and the speedy Houghton scored all the way from first. 

It was all Alabama from there, however. The Tide put up eight runs in the bottom of the fourth as multiple Lipscomb pitchers struggled to find the strike zone. In the frame, Lipscomb pitchers walked in two runs, allowed two runs to score from wild pitches, gave up two RBI doubles and a sacrifice fly.

The Crimson Tide continued to score in the following inning, but it was just one run on a fielder’s choice making the score 12-1.

Following a scoreless sixth, The Bisons scored their second run in the top of the seventh. David Graves sent a single through the left side and was moved up to third on a single by Knox Preston. Brian Moore followed with a single of his own to plate Graves.

A two-run home run by Alabama’s Owen Diodati in the bottom of the seventh scored the final runs and made it 14-2 ballgame.

“It was just disappointing that we squandered away the championship of the series, so to speak, and we didn’t make the other team earn it as much as we needed to,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “Nine of their runs came off of freebies, which runs are runs, but in our world if we can limit that more then the score doesn’t get out of hand. We just put ourselves in a very difficult place to win the game.”

AROUND THE HORN:

  • The 14 runs allowed were the most all season by the Bisons.
  • Lipscomb allowed nine walks compared to Alabama who just allowed one.
  • Graves had the only multi-hit game for the Purple and Gold.
  • Bierman suffered his first loss of the season.
  • Lipscomb falls to 9-5 on the year, while Alabama improves to 15-1. 

UP NEXT:

The Bisons will have a quick turnaround with two midweek games. First, Lipscomb will host Austin Peay on Tuesday at 4:05 p.m., then the Bisons will travel to Tennessee Tech on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. matchup.