Erupting for seven runs with two outs in the second inning, the Lipscomb baseball team downed visiting Middle Tennessee 9-3 on Tuesday night in nonconference action at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“When you have an 8-run inning and score that many runs, one of two things can happen,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “I thought the latter was going to happen tonight and that we were going to let them back in the game.
“I’m proud of our guys though. We were able to get some big hits in the second to drive in those eight runs. From that standpoint it was a really solid offensive night but we could have cleaned some things up on defense.”
Lipscomb opened up the scoring in the second with an 8-run stanza, seven of which came with two away. Sophomore third baseman Austin Sistrunk got the frame started with a double into the right-centerfield gap before a single by redshirt-sophomore first baseman Adam Lee brought him home to score from second. Back-to-back walks by Mike Korte and Nick Rome loaded the bases for junior shortstop Grant Massey, who drew his 22ndfree pass of the season to make it a 2-0 contest.
That set the table for senior right fielder Drew Adams and the veteran delivered a double to right center bringing home Korte and Rome. Junior left fielder Tyson Ashcraft then drew the fourth walk of the inning to reload the bases before Sistrunk returned to the plate and ripped a single to right center that scored Adams and Massey easily. Ashcraft then followed Adams and Massey across the dish to make it a 7-0 cushion when the MTSU cutoff man tried to nab Sistrunk going to second but threw the ball back into centerfield.
Sistrunk would then come home for the second time in the inning on a wild pitch that skirted to the backstop to make it 8-0 in the Bisons favor.
The Blue Raiders would cut the lead to 8-3 in the fifth making the Bisons pay for a defensive miscue and a pair of beanings. Lipscomb later added a run in the bottom of the seventh when Rome tripled home Lee, who ledoff the inning with a single back up the box.
Redshirt-senior righty Jacob Knott picked up the win on the hill in relief of freshman starter John Pryor. Knott tossed two and one-third innings allowing just one hit and a pair of walks while fanning three to improve to 2-2. Pryor went four and two-thirds innings allowing one earned run and six hits while walking three.
“For us to have a chance to start another streak is what we talked about before the game after we gave one up on Saturday,” said Forehand. “I am proud of them tonight for getting that done. Hopefully we can get a couple of practices under our belt and be ready for Kennesaw (State) on Friday.”
The Bisons resume Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend hitting the road to Kennesaw State. The 3-game series gets underway on Friday night at 5 p.m.