NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Taking a sidestep from Atlantic Sun Conference play, the Lipscomb baseball team played host to the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Tuesday evening at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in Nashville. The Golden Eagles pulled out a 5-4 victory with a late ninthinning run to spoil the Bisons home finale, which saw the most home wins in the program’s history stand at 23 while holding a program best .676 win percentage at Dugan Field.
The Bisons fell to 25-27 while the Golden Eagles improved to 20-30 on the season.
“We just didn’t play a very clean game today,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “Sometimes that happens but when you don’t play a clean game defensively and on the mound, you have to hit a little bit more. We didn’t hit enough and allowed them to make more plays than we did.”
The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Blake Fonfara loaded the bases and allowed a single into center field, scoring Zephan Guyear. With the bases loaded again in the fourth inning for the Golden Eagles, Chad Hayes reached on a fielder’s choice, which scored Dylan Bosheers for the 2-0 lead.
The Bisons tied the game in the bottom of the fifth as Aaron Sandoval reached base after being hit by pitch then scored as Gray Hutchinson hit a triple off the 375 sign in left center field, just missing a home run by inches. Hutchinson was then hit home as Logan Hostettler hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
Tennessee Tech took the lead back in the top of the sixth as Jordan Hopkins grounded out to the short stop scoring Ben Burgess who was on third base. The Golden Eagles scored their second run of the inning as Chad Hayes singled into right field scoring Dylan Bosheers who was on third base for the 4-2 lead.
However, the Bisons recovered one of the runs in the bottom half with Zak Messer reaching base on a single into right field. Two hitters later, Sandoval singled into left field scoring Messer to pull within 4-3.
With a Golden Eagles pitching change in the seventh inning, Lee Wilson greeted Seth Lucio with a lead-off home run into right center field to knot the game up at four-apiece.
Still tied at 4-4 heading into the ninth inning, the Golden Eagles scored an unearned run as Michael Morse reached on an error before scoring on a wild pitch two batters later.
With the Bisons down 5-4 and down to their final out, Wilson legged out a single to the short stop, beating the throw by a step. However, that was not enough as Shawn Mehring flied out to right field to end the game.
Wilson led the Bisons with a 2-for-3 effort while plating a run and RBI with his seventh-inning home run.
“Lee hitting the home run there late was solid. That was a big swing tying us back up 4-4 and we had a chance to win it the eighth and tie it in the ninth and we couldn’t do it,” added Coach Forehand.
The Bisons used six pitchers in the loss as Hunter Brothers was charged with the loss, falling to 1-2 on the season. Davey Hackett, the Bisons starting pitcher, threw two scoreless innings striking out four, while Benjamin Johnson struck out the side in his one inning of relief.
Lipscomb caps off the regular season travelling to cross-town rival Belmont, in a pivotal series as the two teams are tied for third place in the A-Sun standings. The first game of the three-game series will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday night at Rose Park in Nashville.