Lipscomb used a 17-hit offensive attack to make up for its uncharacteristic poor defensive play as the Bisons defeated Campbell 12-7 at Ken Dugan Field Sunday. The win gave the Bisons its first series sweep of the season.
Six Bisons recorded multi-hit games in the series finale Sunday, including four players with at least three hits. Lipscomb scored at least one run in all but one inning, including a four-run sixth inning that broke the game open.
For the second straight day the Bisons (18-29 overall, 9-15 A-Sun) had to battle back from a 3-0 deficit after the first inning.
The Camels (15-31, 2-22 A-Sun) took advantage of a Bison error in the first inning by scoring three runs, with two of them being unearned off Lipscomb starter Alex Ross.
Ross allowed three runs, one earned on seven hits to go with four strikeouts in three and one third innings before being replaced by Chad Fromm.
Trailing 3-0 after the top of the first, Lipscomb scored one run in the first and another in the second to cut the Camel lead to 3-2 after two innings.
The Bisons grabbed its first lead of the game in the bottom of the third when they scored two runs on three hits to take a 4-3 lead after three innings.
Lipscomb manufactured another run in the fourth when T.J. Hoelzer’s sacrifice bunt scored Ricky Coleman from third. Coleman led-off the fourth inning with his fourth double of the weekend before tagging and advancing a deep fly-out to center-field by M.L. Williams.
With Lipscomb leading 5-3 after four innings, the Camels took advantage of two fielding errors by Hoelzer in the top of the fifth to the tie game up at five before the Bisons blew open the game with a four-run sixth inning.
Lipscomb pounded out five singles and took advantage of two Camel errors to plate four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tennyson Dodd, Richie Goodenow and Ricky Coleman all had RBI-singles in the inning to give the Bisons a 9-6 lead.
Campbell then made it a two-run game after scoring one run in the top of seventh before the Bisons would add another run in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth to make it a 12-7 game.
The 17 hits the Bisons recorded Sunday marked the second most hits against a conference opponent this year. Lipscomb registered 19 hits in their 11-8 win at
Jacksonville on March 27.
Gil Rehwinkel threw the final three innings to earn his third save of the season. The southpaw walked one in three hitless innings to close out the game for the Bisons.
Chad Fromm notched his second win of the season, tossing two and two-thirds innings of middle relief. Fromm (2-2) allowed four runs, one earned on two hits to go with three strikeouts in two walks.
Offensively, Kyle Henry went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored to pace the Bisons.
Williams, Goodenow, and Coleman also had three hits and drove in runs Sunday, while Josh Chism and Dodd added two hits a piece.
With just six conference games remaining, the Bisons know they have to get back to being a great defensive team if they want to take down the likes of Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast.
The Bisons struggled defensively on the weekend, committing nine errors in the three games against Campbell, including four in the series finale.
Before the start of the game Sunday, all of the mother's of the current Bisons' that were in attendance threw out the ceremonial first pitch to their son in honor of Mother's Day.
Lipscomb will travel to Cookeville, Tenn., on Tuesday for a non-conference game against Tennessee Tech. Tuesday’s game will start at 6 p.m. and will be aired live for free on the Lipscomb Sports Network.
Benjamin Seamon and Travis Young will have the call from the Bush Stadium press box on the Lipscomb Sports Network on Lipscombsports.com.