NASHVILLE – It was an offensive show on Opening Day for Lipscomb baseball and the Bisons started off the 2020 season with high-scoring victory over Bowling Green, 15-10.
The bats were loud at Dugan Field on the first day of the season, as both teams set the bar high for runs scored.
After a scoreless first inning, the scoring was almost nonstop between the clubs. The Falcons were able to jump out ahead of the Bisons and starting pitcher Scott Elgin after posting four runs on the scoreboard. But Lipscomb quickly cut the deficit in half off a two-out RBI single by sophomore catcher Chaz Bertolani making it 4-2 after two innings.
Bowling Green added to its lead in the following inning by scoring two runs, but Lipscomb matched with two runs of their own. Maddux Houghton doubled down the left field line scoring Haddon Adams and Malik Williams singled home Chris Bashlor.
The Purple and Gold held Bowling Green scoreless in the top of the fourth, as Logan Van Treeck came in relief for Elgin, and continued to score to take their first lead off the ball game. After David Graves reached on a throwing error, Brain Moore got a hold of one sent it over the wall in left center for the first home run of the year. Shortly after, Houghton scored Adams with his second RBI single of the day.
Lipscomb’s 7-6 lead was short lived, however, as the Falcons bounced back with a three-run top of the fifth to make it 9-7. But once again the Bisons responded and matched Bowling Green with a three-run bottom half inning to retake the lead. Moore and Houghton continued to do damage as they recorded their fourth and third RBI’s of the game, respectively. Moore hit a high chopper down the line in left, which resulted in a double scoring Graves and Watson, while Houghton came through with another single and plated Moore.
The back-and-forth action continued in the sixth with the Falcons scoring one run to even things up at 10 runs apiece. Lipscomb stayed hot at the plate though and scored three more runs to take control 13-10. This time around is was Von Watson who got the scoring started with a double to left. Bertolani followed one batter later with a double of his own and Moore brought in a run with a groundout.
The seventh inning went scoreless and then the Bisons plated two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure the game with a victory.
“We got off to a slow start, but we didn’t waver from that,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “We came right back and we scored in six of our eight innings. The offense did great and the bullpen did great.
“Our situational hitting and us trying to get the extra bag, get the next base and win that free-base war was something we did a lot of today. It’s just what we’ve been practicing all along and it’s fun for me to see it all come together.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Every player in Lipscomb’s starting lineup recorded at least one hit
- Bertolani, Houghton and Moore accumulated for 12 of Lipscomb’s 15 RBI
- Bowling Green committed three balks during the game
- Houghton finished 4-for-5 at the plate with four RBI
- The Bisons left 11 on base compared to nine for the Falcons
- Bowling Green also committed three errors to just one by Lipscomb
- Bertonlani caught one runner stealing
The Bisons and Falcons will faceoff in game two of the three-game series tomorrow. First pitch from Dugan Field will be at 2:05 p.m.