Wednesday night they beat Tennessee-Martin, from the Ohio Valley Conference, 4-1 in 10 innings. Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand is hopeful that his team will head into this weekend’s three-game series with the Canisius Golden Griffins with a heightened positive attitude.
“It was great to get a win,” Forehand said. “Our players were starting to push a little bit. Now we can move on and play well against Canisius.”
The Bisons are 1-6. Canisius is 6-2.
“They are a typical Northern team,” Forehand said. “They are coming down here looking for some warmer weather and it looks like we might have some for them this weekend.
“They are going to be a pretty good offensive team. They are like every college team. Every team is good.”
Lipscomb is expected to send senior right-hander Josh Smith to the mound Friday at 4 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The starter for Saturday’s 2 p.m. game has not yet been determined. Sophomore right-hander Davey Hackett will start Sunday at 1.
The Bisons scored three runs in the top of the 10th to beat Tennessee-Martin at Skyhawk Field. Cory Hale opened the inning with a single to left. After two outs Kyle Henry walked. Logan Hostettler entered the game as pinch-hitter for M.L. Williams. Hostettler singled and advanced to second. Hale scored and Henry moved to third. Antonio Butler followed with a triple that brought home Henry and Hostettler.
“Antonio hit a rocket down the right field line,” Forehand said. “Logan came through with a big single. That is the type of timely hitting we are looking for.”
The Bisons had 10 hits against Tennessee-Martin, but Forehand still thinks his team can do a better job offensively. Hale led the way with three hits in as many trips to the plate.
Sophomore right-hander Dannie Strable made his first start for the Bisons. He went seven innings and allowed only three hits and one run. He walked two and struck out eight.
Junior right-hander Chad Fromm closed out the game with five strike outs in the final three innings. He did not allow a runner to get on base.
Forehand will not make a final decision on who will start Saturday’s game until after Friday’s game.
Redshirt freshman Jarred Flock leads Canisius in hitting (.409), in-base percentage (.536), steals (seven) and runs scored (10).
Senior Perry Silverman is second on the team in hitting with a .393 average. He is first in hits (11), doubles (four) and runs batted in (11).
By Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations