NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team extended its winning streak to five games and defeated Bradley on Friday afternoon, 10-7.
The Bisons got out to quick start and took the lead in the bottom of the first as Haddon Adams led off the game with a bunt single. A couple of batters later, Chris Bashlor brought him in with a RBI single to left field.
Bradley tied the game in the following half inning, but Lipscomb responded with three runs in the home half to quickly retake the lead. A throwing error by Bradley allowed Chaz Bertolani to score on bunt attempt from Adams and the second run was scored from a RBI groundout by Maddux Houghton. Bashlor brought in the third run as he sent a RBI double down the line in left field.
The Purple and Gold continued to score as they put up another run in the third as Brian Moore plated Von Watson on a fielders choice, but the big inning came in fourth for the Bisons.
Houghton led off the fourth with a walk and John Shields followed with a double to put runners at second and third for Bashlor. The designated hitter then provided with another single and scored both runners. One batter later Malik Williams brought the power and smashed a two-run home run to put the Bisons up 9-1.
The Braves fought back, however, and were able to do some damage over the next two innings to cut into Lipscomb’s lead. In the fifth, Bradley scored two runs on a double and in the sixth a three-run home run made it a 9-6 ballgame.
Lipscomb was able to put a halt in Bradley’s comeback momentarily in the bottom of the sixth with a RBI single from Bertolani after Knox Preston sent a double to left field putting the score at 10-6.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Bradley had an opportunity to change the game as it had the bases loaded with no outs against Lipscomb reliever, Gavin Grubbs. Grubbs got out of the jam, however, allowing only one run by producing a 6-4-3 double play and a fly out to center to keep the Bisons lead intact.
Tyler Guilfoil then came on the mound in the top of the ninth and closed the door on another comeback attempt from the Braves.
“Even though we lost the momentum, we were still ahead and in a good position,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “That big double play was huge and I felt like it was probably the play of the game because a base hit could’ve changed the whole complexion of the game. It’s a great lesson for us that we’ve got to continue to play no matter what.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Lipscomb out-hit Bradley, 13-12
- The Bisons stole four bases during the game. Adams stole two, while Houghton and Moore each stole one.
- Williams’ home run was his third of the season.
- Guilfoil recorded his third save of the season.
- Bryce Einstein earned his second win on the year going 1.1 innings in a relief appearance.
Lipscomb will play its third game in three days, as Missouri State will come to Dugan Field for a Saturday afternoon matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.