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Western Kentucky (7-5)
3/5/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 75
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a 13-hit performance from the offense and a 10-strikeout performance from freshman southpaw John Pryor, the Lipscomb baseball team downed visiting Western Kentucky 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L Marsh Stadium.
“After a slow start to the season, I think we are starting to really turn a corner,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “Our guys are starting to figure out their rolls. And anytime you get the starting pitching like we got tonight, you are going to have success. John (Pryor) was really sharp and gave up seven solid innings.”
The Bisons (5-8) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against the Hilltoppers (7-5) plating five runs in the second inning. Junior designated hitter Tyson Ashcraft got the frame started with a single to right center before junior left fielder Josh Lee walked to put two aboard. In his first-career start, freshman third baseman Hunter Hanks, then loaded the bases with a single of his own.
A single by junior second baseman Mike Korte brought both Ashcraft and Lee home to score before junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison followed with a single up the middle to bring home Hanks and give the Bisons a 3-0 advantage.
Senior right fielder Drew Adams then made it a 5-0 lead with a ranging single to the right of the second baseman that allowed both Allison and Korte to score.
Lipscomb then tacked on four runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
The Bisons had five players on the afternoon collect a pair of base hits and seven different players drove in runs.
“We have a few guys swinging a hot bat right now,” Forehand said. “It’s not just one or two guys. I think we are swinging it up and down the lineup. And it showed tonight when we had a couple of big innings.”
Lipscomb was clutch all game at the plate, going 7-of-15 with runners in scoring position.
Pryor was solid in his second collegiate start tossing seven innings allowing two earned runs, five hits and only one walk. The win is his first in Purple and Gold. Brandon Allen took the loss for WKU giving up six hits, four earned runs and three walks in four innings of work.
“We have talked with all our pitchers about being efficient in the zone,” Forehand said. “Pryor threw a lot of strikes tonight. He had 10 strikeouts to only one walk in a seven inning performance. That is going to give us a chance to win every time.”
The Bisons also got solid relief work out of Jason Ziegler and Dalton Curtis, who each worked an inning without allowing a run.
“We are going to enjoy this win tonight and get back to practice tomorrow,” Forehand said. “This next weekend is the last series before conference play starts. We just need to continue being efficient and playing to our ability. If we can do that, I believe we have some great opportunities ahead.”
Lipscomb will stay at home for a four-game set this weekend when Oakland University invades Ken Dugan Field. Friday’s first pitch is set to be thrown at 4 p.m.