NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team won its first game of the week over Austin Peay, 9-7, on Tuesday night in a high-scoring affair.
The Bisons were able to jump ahead of the Governors early with some quality at-bats and plated two runs in the bottom of the first. Haddon Adams led off with a walk and moved up to third by being aggressive on the base paths, as he took the base on a bunt single by Maddux Houghton. Chris Bashlor then brought in Adams with a sacrifice fly. After Houghton stole second, John Shields sent a double to deep center field to plate him and made it 2-0.
The Govs responded right back in the top of the second with two runs of their own, however, to even the score. Alex Hays got a hold of one and sent a two-run shot over the scoreboard in right field.
Austin Peay then took the lead in the following inning. The Govs leadoff man, Gino Avros, doubled to right center with one out, which put him in scoring position. Avros scored a batter later off a RBI single from Garrett Spain putting the score at 3-2.
Lipscomb fought back, though and reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Knox Preston started the frame by reaching on an error and advancing to second. A batter later, Brian Moore sent a single to left field, which brought in Preston. Moore was able to move up third after he stole second and tagged on a fly ball, which was key as he then scored off a wild pitch putting the Bisons on top 4-3.
Unfortunately for the Bisons, Austin Peay was able to do more damage with the long ball. In the fifth, the Governors went deep on back-to-back home runs. First it was a two-run shot by Spain, followed by a solo home run off the bat of TJ Foreman putting the Govs back in front 6-4.
After the sixth went scoreless, Austin Peay added to its lead. With a runner on third, Ty DeLancy sent a ball down the left field line for a RBI double moving the score to 7-4.
But a big bottom of the seventh by the Bisons saw the course of the game change. Lipscomb scored its first run on a RBI single by Ty Jones, which put runners on first on second. Moore then struck out swinging, but was able to take first as the ball got away from the Austin Peay catcher on a wild pitch to load the bases. Adams was up next and delivered by bringing the boom with a grand slam lifting the Bisons back in front at 9-7.
“I was just looking for a good pitch,” Adams said. “We were really hitting the ball well today and after a rough weekend we all came in with a big plan of just cutting down on our strikeouts and just putting the ball in play. So I just got a good pitch, I saw the breaking ball up and put a good swing on it.”
That score would hold over the final two innings as Wyatt Folsom and Tyler Guilfoil shut the door on any chance for a Austin Peay comeback.
“Today was fun and I feel like we learned so much about what kind of team we are,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I can see our guys getting better, but the big hit in the seventh was huge. He saw the breaking ball was up and we’ve been working on that stuff with Coach Price all the time and when you see the things you work on pay off it’s really exciting.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Adams’ grand slam was the first of his career and his second home run of the season.
- Guilfoil recorded his fifth save of the year.
- Shields had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-5 with a RBI double.
- Folsom improved his record to 2-0.
- Patrick Williams earned a no decision in his second start going 4.0 innings with five hits, three earned runs and three strikeouts.
The Bisons will have a quick turnaround as they travel to take on Tennessee Tech tomorrow. First pitch from Cookeville is scheduled for 3 p.m.