|April 27, 2018||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: COLON (2-2)||9.0||6||2||1||2||10|
|Loss: HICKEY (2-3)||4.2||7||4||3||5||2|
|April 28, 2018||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: KACHMAR (3-3)||5.0||5||2||2||3||5|
|Loss: MARKS (2-6)||3.0||4||4||3||2||1|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb hurler Joshua Colon went nearly a month and a half without starting a game after being sidelined by a shoulder injury in late February.
Now fully healthy, the JUCO transfer is making up for lost time.
In his fourth start back, Colon tossed a complete-game gem in a 5-2 victory over USC Upstate Friday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
The righty produced the best outing of his short Lipscomb career by striking out a career-high 10 Spartans and allowing just two free passes and six hits in 9.0 innings.
"That is why we brought him here," Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said of Colon. "It looked like he had it from the beginning tonight as he was locating and forcing soft contact. What a fantastic game from him. I think this is just a flash of what we are going to see the rest of the way."
He also did not give up an earned run until the ninth, when USC Upstate’s Will Hardigee plunked a shot off the foul pole in right.
Lipscomb’s bats gave Colon plenty of support, although each run came in a different inning. Chandler Chambers highlighted the action when picked up his first RBI and first home run on the same swing – a towering shot over the left field fence in the fifth.
Jake Perry got the Bisons on the board with an RBI single in the first, and Cade Sorrells later tacked on an RBI single of his own in the third.
Lee Solomon scored on a wild pitch in the fourth, and he added a solo bomb in the eighth to put the Bisons ahead, 5-1.
The Spartans scored their only other run in the seventh on an RBI base knock from Mason Stewart.
Lipscomb improved to 17-23 overall and 5-8 in the ASUN with the victory, while Upstate dropped to 21-23-1 overall and 4-9 in the ASUN.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb finished with eight total hits, as 7-of-9 Bison starters registered a base knock.
- Dodson’s 2-for-4 night gave him his 13th multi-hit performance of the season. The junior also extended his on-base streak to 15 games.
- Colon picked up his second victory of the season – his first since a season-opening, 3-2 victory over UNC Asheville.
- Houghton and Perry both extended their hitting streaks to six games. Perry now has seven RBI in his last four games played.
- Time of game was 2:39 with 237 fans in attendance.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday for the second game of the series. Lipscomb junior Chris Kachmar (2-3, 4.40 ERA) will get the nod on the mound. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Dugan Field.
"Every time you play a conference game, it feels like a must-win," Forehand said. "We will be ready to come out with Chris and put together another great performance."