NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Powered by a seven-run bottom of the sixth, the Lipscomb baseball team rallied for a 12-8 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
In the first-ever meeting between schools, the Bisons (7-13) took an early lead in the first when sophomore second baseman Joey Cecere reached on an infield single, took second on a wild pitch and then came home on a single to centerfield by senior catcher Taylor Stewart.
The 1-0 score would hold until the fifth inning when the Huskies (3-15) used a single and a wild pitch of their own to manufacture a run on a single to left by Tommy Hook. Northern Illinois kept the offense going in the sixth inning pushing across six runs to take a 7-1 advantage.
That’s when the Lipscomb bats decided to wake up and answer right back with a seven-run bottom of the frame. Senior centerfielder Zach Lowery got the half inning off to a bang with a leadoff home run.
Sophomore first baseman Tyson Ashcraft followed with a one-out single ahead of a one-base hit by fellow classmate Griffin Moore. That set the table for the junior left fielder Chad Shannon, who laced a double to left center that scored Ashcraft and Moore easily.
That ended the day for NIU starter Eli Anderson but reliever Ben Neumann would not fare any better. Cecere greeted Neumann with his second hit of the afternoon to make it a 7-5 contest as Shannon came across the dish.
Nuemann then struck out pinch hitter Nick Rome but the ball hit the dirt and Rome raced off to first and Cecere took second. Lipscomb then got back-to-back-to-back singles by senior shortstop Aaron Sandoval, Lowery and sophomore third baseman Noah Chandler to retake the lead 8-7.
“That was a really encouraging inning for us,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “Even though we gave up six (runs) it was encouraging for us to come back and get seven (runs).”
Lipscomb added on a pair of runs in the seventh on a Rome groundout and a wild pitch that brought Shannon home to make it a 10-7 game. Shannon would then push the lead out to four runs with his third home run of the season, a two-run shot hooked just inside the left field foul pole.
Senior reliever Tyler Burstrom picked up the win in relief tossing two and two-thirds innings. The veteran gave up one earned run and five hits.
The Bisons conclude the weekend on Sunday hosting Bradley at Noon at Dugan Field. The game airs live on http://www.asun.tv for free.