NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team defeated Ohio State in walk-off fashion with a 5-4 victory at Dugan Field on Saturday.
The scoring between the Bisons and the Buckeyes came a little later in the second game of the weekend series, as starters Max Habbeger and Seth Lonsway were throwing gems on the mound. Through five innings, the score was tied at 0-0 despite eight hits between the two ball clubs.
Ohio State started the scoring in the sixth when it scored the first run of the ballgame on a sacrifice fly by Brent Todys, which forced Lipscomb to make a move to the bullpen. Habegger ended his day going 5.2 innings and allowed four hits, one earned run, and one walk with four strikeouts.
With Gavin Grubbs now on the mound for Lipscomb, the Buckeyes were able to score another run on an RBI single by Colten Bauer to put them up 2-0 before the top of the sixth ended.
Lonsway was pulled after five scoreless innings, five hits allowed and 13 strikeouts, which made TJ Brock the new pitcher on the mound for OSU in the bottom of the sixth and Lipscomb took advantage. To start the half-inning, John Shields drew a pinch-hit walk and Jarrett O’Leary was hit by a pitch. Von Watson then reached on an error, which placed him at second, allowed Shields to score and O’Leary to move up to third. Haddon Adams recorded a sac fly for the second run of the inning and moved Watson over to third. A balk was then called on Brock, putting Lipscomb in front 3-2.
After a scoreless seventh, Ohio State reclaimed the lead in the eighth. Todys got it started again for the Buckeyes as he drew a leadoff walk and a passed ball allowed him to take second. He then came home to score on a RBI single from Archer Brookman, who advanced to second on the throw. Two batters later, Brookman scored on another RBI single to make it 4-3 Buckeyes.
It came down to the bottom of the ninth for the Bisons as they need one run to tie and two runs to win. Chris Bashlor was the first man on base after running the count full and drawing a walk. Maddux Houghton followed with single up in the middle to put runners on first and second with cleanup hitter Malik Williams stepping into the box.
Williams tied the game as he poked a single to right field and moved Houghton to third, but Williams was thrown out trying to take second for out number two. Next up was freshman Knox Preston with the winning run 90 feet away. The Nashville native wasted no time as he took the first pitch he saw and smacked it into right center field for the game-winner.
“This really felt good,” Preston said. “It hasn’t really settled in yet, but I just wasn’t going to let myself swing over another off-speed pitch today.”
“It was a lot of fun seeing them comeback after a tough day at the plate,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “[Lonsway] was really good and I give all the credit in the world to him, but we were able to come up big in the ninth.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- This was the first walk-off of the season for the Bisons.
- Lipscomb improved to 7-2 on the year, while OSU fell to 3-5.
- Williams had the only multi-hit game for the Bisons, going 2-4 with a RBI at the plate.
- Preston was 0-3 with three strikeouts before hitting the game-winner.
- As a team, Lipscomb struck out 18 times, which is the most in a game this season.
The Bisons and Buckeyes will square off in a rubber match to close out the weekend series on Sunday. First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m.