NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team was able to pick up its second win of its season opening series Saturday afternoon defeating Bowling Green, 5-2.
Unlike the first game of the series, which saw a combined total of 25 runs scored, the second game between the Bisons and the Falcons was more of a defensive battle.
Lipscomb came out aggressive and was able to grab the lead early on thanks to a couple of miscues from Bowling Green. With Haddon Adams and John Shields on first and second, the Bisons attempted a double-steal and Adams came all the way around to score as Shields was caught in a rundown.
A second run came across the plate one batter later on a dropped third strike by the Falcons putting the Bisons up 2-0 after the first inning.
Bowling Green responded right back by scoring a run in the top of the second to make it 2-1 and that score would hold for the next few innings as a pitchers duel broke out between Lipscomb starter Max Habegger and Bowling Green starter Tyler Hays.
The Bisons finally ended the scoring drought in the bottom of the fifth as Shields knocked in Brian Moore with a RBI infield single to make it a 3-1 game.
That momentum carried over into the next inning for Lipscomb, who added two more runs courtesy of home run from Malik Williams and a called balk, which allowed Ty Jones to come in from third.
Lipscomb’s bullpen took over from there as freshman Gavin Grubbs made an impressive debut recording three consecutive one-two-three innings and Wyatt Folsom sealed the victory.
“Our pitchers had control of the game today,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “Max got in a couple of jams early, but got himself out. Gavin came in and had a solid performance for a freshman. We could tell he was a little nervous on his first batter, but after that he really settled in and gave us four solid innings. It was also great for Wyatt coming in at the end."
AROUND THE HORN:
- Habegger went four innings and allowed just four hits and one earned run. He also struck out five Bowling Green batters.
- Grubbs picks up his first collegiate career throwing four shutout innings and allowing just one hit.
- Williams’ home run was his first of the season. It was the second home run for the Bisons as a team.
- Lipscomb stole six bases compared to two for the Falcons.
- Bowling Green left 11 runners on base, while Lipscomb left seven runners on.
The Purple and Gold will go for the sweep as the third and final game of the series will take place at 1:05 p.m. from Dugan Field tomorrow.