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Saturday, May 21, 2011The Lipscomb baseball team closed the book on the 2011 season Saturday, falling 4-2 to Florida Gulf Coast at Swanson Stadium in Ft. Myers. FGCU won all three games of the series.
A day after the Bisons (19-36, 10-20 A-Sun) pounded out 14 hits off the Eagles pitching, Lipscomb struggled offensively to get anything going on Saturday.
The Bisons went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
The Eagles (27-28, 16-14 A-Sun) broke a scoreless game in the bottom of the third with two runs on three hits to take an early 2-0 lead.
The Bisons quickly tied the game at two with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. Ricky Coleman led off the inning with a single to left-field and then went first-to-third on Richie Goodenow’s single up the middle. With runners on the corners, Josh Chism reached base on an error by the Gulf Coast second baseman, allowing Coleman to score from third, making it 2-1. The Bisons then tied the game as Lee Wilson drove in Goodenow with a RBI-ground out.
With the game tied 2-2, the Eagles took advantage of a passed ball to take a 3-2 lead before adding their fourth run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth.
Besides the top of the fourth inning, FGCU senior right-hander Jack Wagoner had his way with the Bisons lineup in the series finale, allowing just three hits in six-innings of work. Wagoner (5-3) surrendered two runs, one earned while fanning three batters before handing the ball to Eagle reliever RJ Brown, who threw the final three scoreless innings to earn the save.
Bisons starter Chris Nunn allowed four runs, three of which were earned on seven hits in seven innings to fall to 3-5 on the season. Nunn struck out seven and walked three while tossing 109-pitches.
Seniors Chad Fromm and Alex Ross each threw one-third of an inning in relief, marking the final time they will wear a Bison uniform.
Goodenow had two of the team’s four hits, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored and extending his d streak of reaching base safely to 24. Goodenow finishes the season with a team-high .371 batting average, the third-highest for a Lipscomb player in the NCAA era (2001-present).
The Bisons finish the season 19-36 overall for the second straight year.
Saturday also marked the final collegiate game for seniors Matt Brewer, Mike Grace, Kyle Henry, Alex Ross, Richie Goodenow and Chad Fromm.
Lipscomb University will host the A-Sun Tournament next week at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium in Nashville. The tournament begins Wednesday, May 25 and runs through Saturday, May 28.
With Belmont’s series win over No. 17 Stetson earlier this afternoon, the A-Sun Tournament field is now complete.
Stetson, Kennesaw State, Jacksonville, Mercer, ETSU and Belmont make up this year’s field.
Tournament passes are $35, day passes are $15, and individual game tickets are $8. Tickets can be purchased in advance at LipscombTickets.com.