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2/22/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 438
Saturday, February 22, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a 15-hit outburst, the Lipscomb baseball team cruised to a 12-3 win over Dayton in the second day of action of the 2014 “Mule Mix Classic” at Dugan Field.
“I think they finally realize that when we put the three phases of the game together good things happen,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “It was fun to see a good starting pitching performance and how we swung the bats was a positive.”
The Bisons (1-5) wasted no time flexing the bats with a three-run frame in the bottom of the first before adding a run in the second and four in the third. The offensive onslaught continued with another run in the fourth and three in the sixth.
The bottom of the Lipscomb order played a big part in the victory as Austin Sistrunk, Grant Massey and Nick Rome combined to go 8-for-11. Sistrunk posted a 3-for-3 day at the dish driving in three runs and scoring another.
Massey went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and another driven in while Rome was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a sacrifice bunt.
“Anytime that happens you think good things are going to go on,” said Forehand. “We had the first guy on base in five of the eight innings. It was fun to watch and they’re all capable of doing it. It’s good to see them put it all together.”
Junior leadoff hitter Jonathan Allison also had a big day at the plate for the Bisons with a 2-for-5 day with a double, a triple, one run scored and two RBIs.
Lipscomb got a strong start from redshirt junior Will Blalock, who went six full innings allowing three runs in the second before settling down and retiring the last 12 batters he faced. The veteran struck out a career high 10 batters to improve to 1-0 on the season.
The bullpen also got the job done for the Purple and Gold as junior Nick Andros worked the seventh and eighth innings keeping the score in check without giving up a hit and notching two strikeouts. Sophomore Dalton Curtis then worked the ninth allowing a hit before fanning the side to give Lipscomb 15 strikeouts on the afternoon.
The Bisons continue home action on Sunday afternoon hosting Miami (Ohio) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
“We’ve got to do more of the same tomorrow,” said Forehand. “When we execute to our plan, which all teams in America are trying to do, we put ourselves in position to win the game. If we execute on the mound and throw first-pitch strikes like Will did today we’re in good shape. If we get the same tomorrow, we should get the same result.”