NASHVILLE - On May 23, 2015 it was the Lipscomb baseball team who took home the crown for its second-ever ASUN Tournament title.
The No. 2 seed Bisons were on a roll coming into the tournament having won 11-straight road games and continued their road-warrior mentality in the early stages of the conference tournament being held in Fort Myers, Florida at FGCU's Swanson Stadium. Lipscomb battled its way to three-straight victories over FGCU, Stetson and North Florida to put them in the title match.
Despite beating UNF, 2-1 in their most recent game behind a complete game performance on the mound from Brady Puckett, the Bisons and Ospreys were scheduled for another round. However, this game had a trophy on the line.
The Purple and Gold got off to a slow start as they fell behind 3-0 after the third inning, but came storming back in the fourth by scoring five runs. Josh Lee and Tyson Ashcraft got the scoring started with a pair of RBI singles, but it was Alan Hooker who delieverd with a three-run pinch-hit homer to put the Bisons out in front.
Lipscomb was able to push their lead to 6-3 in the following inning off a sacrifice fly from Lee, but the Ospreys refused to quit. North Florida was able to cut the Lipscomb lead down to just one run making it 6-5 heading into the top of the ninth.
The Bisons responded by placing two runs as Michael Gigliotti scored on an error and Grant Massey drove in Adam Lee a batter later with a RBI single up the middle. Lipscomb now had a three-run cushion heading into the final frame, but there was plenty of drama ahead.
After getting the first batter to ground out, reliever J Hwang ran into some trouble and hit UNF leadoff man Kyle Brooks setting the table for A-Sun Player of the Year Donnie Dewees. Hwang's struggles continued when he got Dewees to ground a chopper in between the mound and first but Hwang misfired past the bag allowing Brooks to score and Dewees to wind up on third. A single up the middle would bring Dewees home and make it an 8-7 game. But a key throw from catcher Chucky Vazquez would turn things around for the Bisons.
Hwang lost a breaking ball into the dirt causing the ball to scoot in front of the plate but Vazquez was able to react quickly, find the ball and throw an absolute strike to second base erasing pinch runner Bubba Olivera and claiming the second out of the inning. Hwang then calmed his nerves and got the 6-3 groundout to seal the champiosnhip win and the celebrations began.