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Saturday, May 14, 2011Fourteenth-ranked Stetson defeated Lipscomb 9-5 in game one of the three-game series at Ken Dugan Field on Saturday. The game was a continuation of Friday night’s rain shortened contest.
Saturday’s game resumed where it left off on Friday with the Hatters leading 5-3.
Senior Richie Goodenow started on the mound for the Bisons Saturday after Connor Sinclair threw the first six innings on Friday.
With Stetson leading 5-3, the Hatters extended its lead with a four-run top of the seventh to make it a 9-3 game. Goodenow allowed four runs in the inning as the Hatters took advantage of a couple of defensive miscues by the Bisons to get out to a six-run lead.
The Bisons cut into the Hatters lead with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 9-5 game. Ricky Coleman’s two-out, two-run double was the key hit in the inning, but that’s all the Bisons would get as they went three-up and three-down in the ninth.
Lipscomb started the game on the right track as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after scoring runs in the first, second and fourth innings.
Senior designated hitter Richie Goodenow got the Bisons on the board in the first inning with an RBI-single to center, scoring M.L. Williams. Williams led-off the inning with a single and then advanced to second on T.J. Hoelzer’s four-pitch walk.
Lipscomb added another run in the second inning as Williams’ RBI-double to the gap in right-center brought in Kyle Henry, who singled earlier in the inning.
Logan Hostettler’s one-out solo home run in the bottom of the fourth gave the Bisons a 3-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth. The solo shot was Hostettler’s second home run of the season.
With the Bisons leading 3-0, Stetson tied the game in the top of the fifth with three runs, two of which were unearned as the Hatters took advantage of a Bison error.
The Hatters captured its first lead of the game with two runs on two hits in the top of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead before the game was suspended after five and-a-half innings.
Lipscomb starter Connor Sinclair threw six innings, allowing five runs, two earned on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
Stetson starter Lindsey Caughel allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Before the game, Hostettler was honored as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Ken Dugan Award.
The Ken Dugan Award is presented each year to a Lipscomb baseball player who displays a love, passion and respect for the game of baseball, who demonstrates a burning desire and work ethic to continuously improve as a player and become a true champion.
The award is named after legendary Lipscomb Baseball coach Ken Dugan who passed away February 18, 2000. During Coach Dugan’s career he won 1,137 games and guided the Bisons to the 1977 and 1979 NAIA National Championships.
Game two of the series with Stetson will be later this afternoon.