COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It was a big day at the plate for the Lipscomb baseball team as it scored its season-high in runs and defeated in-state foe Tennessee Tech, 17-14, on Wednesday.
Runs were a plenty at Bush Stadium as the Bisons scored double-digit runs against the Golden Eagles and won their second game of the week. Lipscomb got out to a quick start in the top of the first with leadoff hitter, Haddon Adams, hitting a triple into the right field corner. A batter later, Chris Bashlor scored Adams on a groundout to short giving the Bisons an early 1-0 lead.
The Bisons added to their lead in the second inning by scoring three runs to go up 4-0. Von Watson led off with a single and Brian Moore followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Adams then brought home Watson with a RBI single through the right side and Moore moved to third, which allowed Maddux Houghton to plate him with a sacrifice fly. The third run of the frame scored when Knox Preston was the third consecutive batter walked giving Adams a free trip home.
Lipscomb’s four-run lead was quickly erased in the bottom of the second, however. Tennessee Tech tied the game up by scoring four runs of its own off of two RBI singles and hit by pitch when the bases were loaded.
Lipscomb took the lead back just as quickly as it scored six runs over the third and fourth innings. In the third, Watson got a hold of one for a solo home run making it 5-4. In the fourth, it was more damage via the long ball as three Bisons went deep. Jarrett O’Leary hit a two-run homer and David Graves followed his lead with a solo shot to go back-to-back. A couple of batters later, Adams also hit a two-run home run, which put the score at 10-4.
The Bisons ran into more trouble in the bottom of the fifth as Tennessee Tech fought back to make it a game again. The Golden Eagles cut the Bisons lead down to one run with a three-run home run, a RBI double and a RBI single.
Lipscomb responded in the very next frame though to get back some breathing room. Once again, the Bisons did damage with multiple home runs. After Watson was hit by a pitch, Moore went yard with a two-run homer. Three batters later Malik Williams sent a deep fly ball over the wall in right center for a three-run shot, which made the score 15-9.
In the seventh, the Bisons put one run on the board to extend their lead. Houghton recorded his second sacrifice fly of the game after Moore reached base with a single, was moved to second on a walk and took third on a wild pitch.
Tennessee Tech wouldn’t go away, however, and made another five-run dent in the Bisons lead. The Golden Eagles cut the score to 16-14 by scoring on a RBI single, a RBI groundout, a wild pitch and a two-run home run.
The Bisons got a run back in the next inning to continue the scoring. Ty Jones drew a pinch-hit walk and got to third when he stole second and the throw down sailed into center field. Two batters later, Moore laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Jones home.
The score held at 17-14 over the bottom of the eighth and in the ninth with Tyler Guilfoil closing it out for the Lipscomb win.
“Anytime you win a game, whether it’s 3-2 or 17-14 it’s a good thing,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “The thing about todays game was we know coming here after all these years this park plays to a lot of runs. Luckily we got a bunch of runs because [Tennessee Tech] knows they can come back from any deficit. But we learned some lessons, young guys got some opportunities to continue to grow and our offense helped us out tonight.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- There were eight total home runs in the game, six by the Bisons and two by the Golden Eagles.
- Adams was a double shy of recording a cycle.
- Guilfoil picked up his sixth save of the season.
- Bryce Einstein earned the win and improves to 3-0.
- Tennessee Tech used nine different pitchers during the course of the game.
The Bisons will host Akron this weekend in a three-game series. First pitch from Dugan Field on Friday is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.