NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a solid starting pitching performance and timely hitting, the Lipscomb baseball team topped Butler 9-8 on Sunday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in Nashville.
Lipscomb (5-7) sophomore starter Will Blalock put the Bisons in position to win with a strong six-inning shutout performance. The righty fanned nine batters and allowed only four hits and two walks before exiting.
“We played a great game,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “Will pitched great and (Griffin Moore) got a big hit at the end of the game. I can’t say enough about Burstrom. He came in and gave us a huge lift and was lights out.”
Blalock would fail to get the win however as the Bulldogs (4-5) took advantage of control issues by Lipscomb relievers to plate eight runs on only two hits in the seventh inning to take an 8-5 lead.
Despite being down 2-0 in the series, the Bisons refused to lay down however and answered right back with a run in the bottom of the seventh and then three more in the eighth to avoid the sweep.
Sophomore first baseman Moore got things started off in the seventh with a double down the right field line before taking third on a groundout by senior designated hitter Aaron Sandoval. Moore would then score his second run of the afternoon on a wild pitch to pull the Bisons within two runs.
Senior centerfielder Zach Lowery opened the eighth with a double of his own before sophomore second baseman Noah Chandler reached on an infield single to give LU runners on the corners. Sophomore shortstop Joey Cecere followed Chandler’s infield base hit with one of his own and Lowery raced across the dish to make it an 8-7 game.
With a pair of strikeouts it looked like the Bulldogs might escape with the lead intact but Moore stepped up and delivered a two-out single up the middle that scored both Cecere and Chandler as the Bisons took the 9-8 lead.
Senior reliever Tyler Burstrom, who had come on to get the Bisons out of the jam in the seventh, came out in the ninth inning and earned his first win of the season by fanning the side.
On the day, Lipscomb scored runs in seven of the eight innings including solo home runs by Drew Adams and Chandler.
Burstrom picked up the win working the final two and one-thirds innings. The veteran struck out five total Bulldogs and did not allow a walk or a hit. Chase Byerly took the loss for Butler allowing three runs and four hits in one inning of work.
Lipscomb makes the short trek to Middle Tennessee on Tuesday for the first road trip of the 2013 season. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Murfreesboro.