NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team fell to UT Martin 7-3 in its final midweek game of the season on Tuesday night at Dugan Field.
“They just played better than we did,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “They hit better than we did, they pitched better than we did and they played defense better than they did. If the other team beats you in every category it’s really hard to win a game.”
The Bisons (24-20, 8-7 ASUN) had to play catch up from the first inning on as they fell behind 1-0 after UT Martin’s leadoff man reached on a single and came around to score on a groundout a couple of batters later.
It remained a one-run lead for the Skyhawks (19-25, 7-14 OVC) as the two ball clubs posted zeroes on the scoreboard until the fourth. Blake Davis stepped up to the plate for UT Martin and hit a solo home run over the wall in left field off of Tyler Guilfoil to make it 2-0.
The Skyhawks extended their lead in the fifth and went up 4-0 after they loaded the bases and Jordan Stoner sent a single into left field.
The Bisons cut the lead in half and scored their only runs in the bottom of the fifth. David Graves reached base with a double to left center and Von Watson knocked him in with a single a couple of batters later. Watson was able to advance to second on a fielding error on his hit and then junior Haddon Adams launched the second double of the inning into the gap, which scored Watson.
UT Martin came right back in the sixth, however and plated three runs to make it a five-run ballgame. The Skyhawks loaded the bases again and scored their first run of the inning off a walk. The next two runs came on single back up the middle by Blake Daniels to make it 7-2.
Lipscomb threatened to make a comeback in the bottom of the ninth as it loaded the bases and scored a run after Cade Sorrells drew a walk, but couldn’t bring home anybody else.
“We had five freebies in one inning and when you do that you’re going to give up three runs,” Forehand said. “It’s a learning experience and you just hate the end of the year, after you play an inspirational weekend, that you come back and can’t capitalize on it.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb produced six hits on the night compared to 10 by UT Martin.
- Adams had the only multi-hit hit game for the Bisons. He finished 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
- Adam Stewart made his first start of the season for Lipscomb. He went three innings and allowed three hits, one earned run and struck out three batters.
- UT Martin’s starter, Seth Petry, went five innings and allowed four hits, two earned runs and struck out just one.
- 12 different pitchers were used in the game. Seven by Lipscomb and five by UT Martin.
Lipscomb will close out an eight-game home stand with a weekend conference series versus North Florida May 3-5. The series will begin on Friday with first pitch at 6 p.m. and Senior Day will be on Saturday with that game scheduled for 6:30 p.m.