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Forehand adds fast-rising backstop for 2016

Forehand adds fast-rising backstop for 2016

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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Looking to add some depth behind the plate and on the mound, Lipscomb baseball head coach Jeff Forehand has announced the signing of Murfreesboro native Justin Wilson for the 2016 season.

“Justin is an outstanding addition to what is already a top recruiting class,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “He is a fine young man on top of being an outstanding player.

“For him making a change in heart, a change in schools and for us to get involved with him late in the process, I think we got a really, really good player.”

After receiving intrest from other schools like Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee, Wilson decided that under the direction of Forehand, Lipscomb was the right fit for him.

“I’ve been really impressed with coach Forehand and their baseball program,” Wilson said.

Perfect Game recognized Wilson for his play in each of his last two seasons at Oakland High School where he is rated the 49th-best overall prospect and the sixth-best catcher in the state of Tennessee.

In 2014 he was named an Underclass All-American Honorable Mention before earning a spot on the Southeast Region All-American Honorable Mention team in 2015.

As a junior at OHS, Wilson earned all-district honors after hitting .385 at the plate with two home runs.

In 2013 he led the Patriots to the Region 4-AAA semifinals raking at a .273 clip with a double and four triples.

“Justin has the skills behind to plate that will help us for a long time to come,” Forehand said. “He is also becoming a better offensive player all the time and we are really fortunate that he decided to come be a part of our program.

“We are expecting all freshmen to be ready to come in and compete early.”

Wilson could find himself catching a former rival next season, current freshman Brady Puckett who was a pitcher at Riverdale.

“I grew up playing with Brady,” Wilson said, who caught him in middle school. “It’s good to go somewhere that I can play with people I know. We’re pretty good friends.”

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North Florida tops Lipscomb, 8-0

North Florida tops Lipscomb, 8-0

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

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With just over a handful of runners reaching base on Sunday afternoon, the Lipscomb baseball team failed to push across a run in a 8-0 Atlantic Sun Conference loss to North Florida at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Every weekend is tough now that we are in conference play and we have to be ready to play every time we go out, doesn’t matter who it is,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “North Florida is a great hitting team and they showed that all weekend long.

“It’s like I told the guys, we have a good baseball team, we just didn’t get it done today. When you don’t score a run, you aren’t going to win many ball games”

The rubber game of the series saw North Florida (27-12, 6-3 A-Sun) starter Matt Vaka hold the Bisons’ (20-13, 2-4 A-Sun) lineup in check allowing just two hits and three walks in five innings of work. The freshman righty allowed just three runners to move into scoring position all afternoon as he improved to 2-0 on the season.

“Vaka did a great job today,” Forehand said. “He doesn’t record a strikeout, but he limited us at the plate and we were unable to capitalize when we got base runners on. You have to tip your hat to him.”

The Ospreys opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the third stanza when third baseman Trent Higginbothem blasted a two-run shot over the 375-foot sign in left centerfield. UNF added a single run in the fourth and sixth innings, before pushing across two more in the eighth on back-to-back RBI-doubles off Lipscomb freshman reliever Brady Puckett.

Lipscomb’s best scoring chance of the day came when trailing by four runs in the sixth inning after Josh Lee drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Redshirt freshman Allan Hooker nearly tied things up when he launched a fly ball to deep right field, but UNF’s Garrick Ferguson made the snag at the base of the wall and then threw a laser to second base to nail Josh Lee trying to advance on the out. The double play ended the scoring threat for the Bisons.
“They made a great play on us,” Forehand said. “We were being aggressive in trying to get two runners into scoring position. We were trying to make a play happen, but it turns out they made a better one. I hate that it happened like that, because it did take us out of a scoring opportunity after we had some momentum going there.”

UNF rounded out the scoring in the top of the ninth with its second two-run home run of the day, this time from senior first baseman Ryan Roberson, his fourth of the season.

Sophomore lefty John Pryor (1-3) took the loss for Lipscomb scattering five hits and three runs in five complete innings pitched. He punched out three Ospreys in 66 pitches thrown.

“John gave us a chance today,” Forehand said. “We were down three runs when he left the game, but we were within striking distance and then we continued to put goose eggs up on the scoreboard. I was proud of how he executed. We just couldn’t get anything going on offense today.”

The Bisons managed just four hits on the day and were led by Grant Massey’s two singles as he finished the game 2-for-4.

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MTSU Drops Midweek Game to Lipscomb

MTSU Drops Midweek Game to Lipscomb

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee’s midweek struggles continued Wednesday night against Lipscomb. The Blue Raiders (13-10, 5-1 C-USA) managed just six hits and fell by a score of 8-1, plating the lone run in the ninth to prevent the shutout.

Will Schnure led off the bottom of the ninth with his first career triple and scored on Ronnie Jebavy’s infield single to the right side.

“We’re a momentum team and it’s important for us to get a lead and we weren’t able to do that,” head coach Jim McGuire said. “We got two hits in the first inning and had an opportunity to score right away.”

Returning to his hometown, Lipscomb starter Brady Puckett was highly effective in just his second career start. Puckett faced 31 batters and struck out four in a complete-game effort.

Jebavy (2-for-4) was the only Blue Raider with two hits and he leads the team with 14 multi-hit contests. The junior has hit safely in 20 of 23 games this season.

Brad Jarreau kept his average (.365) up with a single, while Jared Allen and Jake Ingold each recorded a base knock.

Junior RHP Heath Slatton was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (three earned) to cross on five hits and a walk. Slatton lasted 3.2 innings and struck out three batters.

Lipscomb got on the board first with three unearned runs in the second. That proved to be enough, although the Bisons added three more in the fourth and one run in each of the sixth and seventh frames.

“We preached and preached to be ready,” McGuire said. “You can’t have a hangover from a game the night before, but it sure looked we did. We just could never get anything going.”

Will Small and Blake Stansberry both pitched for the second straight night, allowing two runs combined over the final 5.1 innings with no walks.

Freshman Phillip Kunsa (0-for-1) made his first career appearance at the plate when he came on as pinch hitter in the ninth.

Lipscomb out-hit the Raiders 13-6 and MT committed the game’s only defensive error.

The Blue Raiders return to conference play this weekend looking to stay on top of the league standings. Old Dominion comes to Reese Smith Jr. Field for a three-game series starting Friday night at 6 p.m.

Saturday afternoon’s contest will on American Sports Network at 3:35 p.m. CT, and is set to become the first nationally-televised regular season game in MT program history.

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Colorado takes Brothers in 30th round of 2014 MLB Draft

Colorado takes Brothers in 30th round of 2014 MLB Draft

Posted on 09 June 2014 by Allen

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Lipscomb right-handed pitcher Hunter Brothers was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 30th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft Saturday as the 893rd overall pick.

The Chapel Hill native became the 30th draftee in Lipscomb history and the eighth Bison to be taken in the last eight years. Brothers is in familiar territory as he was also drafted by the Rockies last season in the 24th round.

This season, the Shelbyville Central High School product went 3-2 on the mound with a 4.57 ERA in 15 appearances (13 starts). In 65 innings pitched, he recorded 55 punch outs. Brothers’ best outing this season came in a complete-game shutout victory over East Tennessee State on April 5th. He faced the minimum of 27 batters allowing just two hits and striking out seven. He did not allow a walk.

The redshirt-junior joins former Bisons, Rex Brothers and Bo McLaughin in the Colorado organization. Rex, Hunter’s older brother, is a relief pitcher for the Rockies while McLaughin is the current assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach.

Rex Brothers was the 34th overall selection in the first round of the 2009 Amateur Draft by the Rockies while McLaughin was taken 14th overall by the Houston Astros.

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Lipscomb adds former LSU southpaw Glenn to roster

Lipscomb adds former LSU southpaw Glenn to roster

Posted on 07 June 2014 by Allen

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Having already inked the top recruiting class in school history for 2015, Lipscomb baseball head coach Jeff Forehand has added LSU transfer southpaw Cody Glenn to the roster.

A Houston, Texas native, Glenn made 25 starts on the hill for the Tigers over the past three seasons in Baton Rouge posting a 3.74 ERA giving up 55 runs in 132.2 innings pitched.

“Cody is a perfect fit for our school & great addition to our baseball program,” said Lipscomb head Coach Jeff Forehand. “He will bring valuable on mound experience to our pitching staff after spending three seasons in a great program and playing at the highest level. We are excited for him and his family to be a part of the Lipscomb family.”

Already enrolled in summer school at Lipscomb, Glenn was a 15th round selection by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft after a standout prep career at Westbury Christian High School in Houston, Texas where he earned all-state honors.

He is the son of Greg and Loa Glenn, who are both Lipscomb University graduates. His father Greg is a former member of the Bison basketball team and has been recently named the new headmaster for Lipscomb Academy.

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Skyhawks blank Lipscomb 4-0

Skyhawks blank Lipscomb 4-0

Posted on 07 May 2014 by Allen

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Nico Zych drove in three runs and the University of Tennessee at Martin pitching staff tossed its first shutout of the season in a convincing 4-0 Skyhawk victory over in-state rival Lipscomb this evening at Ken Dugan Field.

Batting out of the No. 9 hole tonight, Zych reached base three times on a pair of singles and a walk. As a result, the junior out of Monee, Ill. collected a season-high three RBI’s to go along with his fourth multi-hit performance in 2014.

Isaac Carrel started at designated hitter tonight and scored a pair of runs, while Jake Deason (run scored), Chase Young (run scored) and Phil Sorensen (RBI) also stood out offensively for UT Martin (8-36), who has won four of its last seven games.

Alex Boshers (1-2) helped the Skyhawks post their first shutout since a 1-0 win over IPFW on Feb. 24, 2013. Pitching in his hometown, Boshers went seven strong innings (a season-high), allowing just six singles with three strikeouts against zero walks. Stu Jones effectively worked the eighth inning and John Houston shut the door with a pair of strikeouts in the ninth.

In addition to its first shutout in 88 games, the Skyhawk pitching staff did not concede an extra-base hit for the second time this season (previously done at UAB in the season-opener on Feb. 14) and did not issue a walk for the fourth time this season (other instances at Jacksonville State on March 7, vs. Murray State on March 15 and vs. Missouri State on April 25).

Lipscomb (27-22) led off the bottom of the first with a single but five pitches later, Boshers was out of the inning thanks to a double play and flyout to right.

After a one-out single in the second, Boshers entered a groove – as he retired six straight Lipscomb batters. Boshers’ dominant stretch allowed the Skyhawks to take a lead in the top of the fifth.

Carrel and Deason each singled to begin the fifth and were moved into scoring position when Mikey Nantze perfectly executed a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. Zych then jumped on the first pitch he saw for a single up the middle to give the Skyhawks a 2-0 advantage.

Those two runs would prove to be enough for Boshers, who pitched around a one-out single in the fifth and avoided trouble once again in the sixth by stranding a pair of Bison runners on the basepaths.

The Skyhawks added an insurance run in each of the next two innings. Carrel was hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh and advanced to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Deason. Zych then stepped to the plate and lined a two-out single to center to plate Carrel and make the score 3-0.

Boshers then polished off his evening with a lights-out seventh, racking up a pair of strikeouts and inducing a groundout to shortstop in a perfect frame.

Young doubled to lead off the eighth and two outs later, Sorensen turned on the first pitch he saw for an RBI single through the right side.

Lipscomb was able to tally a one-out single in the eighth but Jones erased any kind of potential threat with a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Houston then induced a groundout and followed with a pair of strikeouts in the ninth to clinch the victory for UT Martin.

The Skyhawks return to Ohio Valley Conference play with a three-game weekend set at Austin Peay on May 9-11.

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Lipscomb spanks USC Upstate 11-4

Lipscomb spanks USC Upstate 11-4

Posted on 30 March 2014 by Allen

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Propelled by 17 hits, the Lipscomb baseball team wasted little time jumping on USC Upstate in the rubber match at Harley Park Sunday to get an 11-1 victory and take the series against the Spartans.

“It was a good win for our team,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “We started off leaving a few runners on base, but the guys knew that if they kept getting good at-bats, the runs were going to come.

“The top and bottom of our lineup had a good day at the plate, driving in runs when we needed them. Today was a great all-around offensive performance.”

The win improved the Purple and Gold to 18-11 and 7-2 in league play, while Upstate fell to 10-19, 2-7 in the Atlantic Sun.

Upstate freshman pitcher Zac Manuppelli struggled with his control early, walking Jonathan Allison and Grant Massy to start the game. Drew Adams then laid down his first bunt of the season that rolled up the third base line for an infield single to load the bases.

Tyson Ashcraft hit a blooper over the pitcher’s head to bring in Allison for Lipscomb’s first run of the day and take the lead 1-0.

The only trouble in what was a relatively easy day for Bisons hurler Denton Norman was in the bottom of the second when Daniel Seeba blasted an opposite-field solo home run over the right field fence to tie the game 1-1.

“Denton was sharp today,” Forehand said. “He made one mistake giving up the homerun while behind in the count, but after that he was solid. He was in the zone and the defense continued to make plays behind him.

“I can’t say enough about our starting pitching and what he did for us today.”

Lipscomb plated two runs in the third on three consecutive hits. Designated hitter Griffin Moore drew a two-out walk. He then was moved over on the first of Adam Lee’s three hits on the day. Mike Korte brought Moore across the dish with a single to right. Redshirt freshman Tyler Bethune doubled down the left field line to score Adam Lee and give Lipscomb a 3-1 lead.

Adam Lee began the fifth inning with a base hit. After a balk and two quick outs, Allison, Massey and Adams connected on three straight RBI-hits to extend Lipscomb’s lead to 6-1.

The Purple and Gold tacked on four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

The Bisons had five players on the afternoon collect multiple base hits and seven different players drove in runs. Massey led the team at the dish, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a walk. Massey also scored two runs in the game.

The top of the lineup in Allison, Massey and Adams combined to 10 hits, six runs, four RBIs and two walks.

“We hope that continues,” Forehand said. “Those guys are in the top of the order to produce and we expect that out of them every time we go to play.”

Norman got the win and took his record to 4-1 on the year. He gave up just four hits while allowing one run with one punch out and three walks.

Jason Ziegler saw his first work of the weekend after taking over for Norman in the eighth. He worked the last two innings, recording two strikeouts and giving up one hit.

Manuppelli took the loss and dropped to 3-3. In three innings, the freshman gave up six hits and three runs with four walks and one strikeout.

The Bisons have gone 17-4 since getting off to a 1-7 start to the season. Forehand talks about his team’s ability to stay in the moment and how they have turned the season around after a slow start.

Lipscomb returns to the diamond for a mid-week clash at Western Kentucky on Tuesday Apr. 2. The first pitch is slated for 6 p.m. in Bowling Green, Ky.

“It’s a conglomeration of what we do every day in practice,” Forehand said. “The guys carry a spirit that shows what we are about as a team and I think they have really taken that team concept to the next level.

“The bottom line is we are winning series. When we have a chance to take a series, we come out ready and prepared to play. Today we had that chance and took advantage of it.”

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Raiders rally past Lipscomb in eighth inning

Raiders rally past Lipscomb in eighth inning

Posted on 26 March 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee plated a couple of runs in the eighth inning to rally past Lipscomb 7-5 on Tuesday evening at Reese Smith Field.

The Blue Raiders (10-13) capitalized on a pair of Lipscomb (16-10) wild pitches in the eighth, allowing Brad Jarreau and Ryan Stephens to score the go-ahead runs. Freshman hurler Caleb Smith did not allow a hit in 1.1 innings tossed to improve to 2-0 this season. Right-hander Heath Slatton tossed a scoreless ninth to collect his first save of the year.

Middle Tennessee posted seven runs on seven hits, despite committing four errors. Lipscomb allowed five runs on five hits with two miscues. A total of nine wild pitches were thrown between the two teams.

Stephens led MT with 2-for-4 performance, scoring two runs, driving in a run and reaching on base with a walk. Dustin Delgado added two runs off a hit with a RBI and a walk. Senior Trent Miller extended his hit streak to 12 games with a double in the second inning.

In the first inning, Stephens roped a double to left field, scoring Delgado. Delgado’s single in the third scored King to give the Raiders a 2-0 edge. Delgado would score two at bats later from a two-out double off the bat of Miller.

Adam Lee and Drew Adams scored a pair of runs for the Bisons, making it 3-2 contest. Lipscomb tied the game in the top of the fourth with a RBI single from Griffin Moore, allowing Grant Massey to reach home.

In the bottom of the fifth, MT regained the lead as Hank LaRue’s single scored Stephens to put the Raiders up 4-3. The Raiders extended the edge to two with a run scored from Allen. Lipscomb’s Massey scored to chip away the game at 5-4 in the top of the seventh. Two batters later, Adams plated the tying run with a wild pitch. Adams finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI.

In the eighth, Kaleb King opened the inning with a walk. Brad Jarreau made his first collegiate appearance with a pinch run. Jarreau advanced to third on a Stephens single and scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. Stephens added the insurance run with another wild pitch.

Lipscomb’s Jamie Young (0-1) was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs, two earned on a hit in 5.1 innings tossed. Bisons starter Ian Martinez-McGraw went two innings giving up three runs on five hits.

Matt Blackham earned the start giving up one hit in a pair of innings. Nathan Foriest surrendered two runs on two hits in two innings, while Will Small allowed a hit in one inning. Cody Tollison allowed two runs in 1.2 innings tossed.

Middle Tennessee remains at home this weekend with a three-game slate against No. 10 Rice. First pitch for Friday’s weekend opener is set for 6 p.m. at Reese Smith Field.

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Lipscomb uses big second inning to down Middle Tennessee 9-3

Lipscomb uses big second inning to down Middle Tennessee 9-3

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Allen

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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.

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Vandy beats Lipscomb 5-1

Vandy beats Lipscomb 5-1

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Allen

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A solid starting pitching debut from Ian Martinez-McGraw kept the Lipscomb baseball squad in the game against No. 9 Vanderbilt, but in the end the Dores pitching staff prevailed in a 5-1 contest at Hawkins Field in Nashville.

“We don’t want to get into ‘moral’ victories,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “But we did make some strides tonight and we corrected a few things. Vandy is going to give a lot of teams a hard time.”

Hitting the road for the first time this season, Martinez-McGraw got his first starting nod for the Purple and Gold. The newcomer debuted his knuckleball and was able to keep the Vandy offense off balance for much of the night. The Pueblo, Colo. native tossed all eight innings for the Bisons (0-4) giving up three earned runs and seven hits while walking four and fanning three.

“I’m excited about what Ian did and that our defense played better than we played last weekend,” said Forehand. “Offensively, we knew what kind of game it was going to be today. We knew that runs were going to be limited because they pitch so well. “

The Commodores (4-0) took advantage of a Bison miscue in the first inning to get on the scoreboard right away. A high popup in shallow left center was unable to be corralled by Lipscomb shortstop Grant Massey and when the dust settled, Xavier Turner was standing on third base. That set the table for Zander Wiel and the first baseman delivered a single to right to open the scoring.

Lipscomb would also take advantage of a miscue in the next half inning as junior designated hitter Josh Lee reached on a throwing error before sophomore third baseman Austin Sistrunk singled through the right side to put runners on the corner.

A Massey walk loaded the bases for the Bisons and sophomore centerfielder Geordie Carlson hit a ground ball that scored Lee and pulled the game even 1-1.

Vandy did not take long to respond as Martinez-McGraw hit a rough patch in the third as VU loaded the bases with a bunt single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk. A single up the middle put the Commodores back in front 2-1 before a sac fly gave Vandy a two-run advantage after three complete.

The Dores would then score lone runs in the fifth and eighth innings giving the deep pitching staff all the insurance it would need.

Walker Buehler earned the win on the hill tossing five full innings and allowing four hits and one unearned run. The sophomore walked two and struck out six. The Vandy bullpen then played shutdown baseball without allowing a walk or hit for the Bisons in the final four innings of action.

The Bisons return home this weekend to Dugan Field hosting the “Mule Mix Classic” as Indiana State, Dayton and Miami (Ohio) come to the Music City. The round-robin event co-hosted by Belmont and Middle Tennessee gets underway at Dugan Field on Friday at 4 p.m. as the Bisons host Indiana State.

“We’re trying to be 1-0,” said Forehand. “We’ll try to be 1-0 on Friday and just continue to build this team in the way that we’ve prepped it so far. The strides we made tonight make me excited to want to come back Friday and see what happens.”

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