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3/9/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 254
Sunday, March 09, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Pounding out a dozen hits, the Lipscomb baseball team finished off a four-game sweep of Oakland 7-2 on Sunday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
The victory is the seventh straight for the Purple and Gold tying the longest winning streak in the NCAA Division I era.
“Our team is starting to develop and it’s exciting to see that it’s someone new every day that makes a difference in the game,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “They get a big hit or make a big play but I think that’s part of our team development and the reason that we’ve been playing well lately.”
Junior designated hitter Griffin Moore and sophomore third baseman Austin Sistrunk led the Bisons (9-8) at the plate. Moore was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, 2 RBIs and a run scored while Sistrunk went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and one run driven in.
The Golden Grizzlies (4-8) opened the scoring right out of the gate with a 2-run first inning but the Bisons would answer with a 4-run third and never look back. Junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison got the rally started with a single back through the infield before junior shortstop Grant Massey ripped a double to the right center gap that moved both runners into scoring position.
That set the table for senior right fielder Drew Adams who lofted a sacrifice fly into right scoring Allison for his 10th RBI of the week. Junior left fielder Tyson Ashcraft then followed with a double down the right field line that plated Massey before he would score himself when Sistrunk traded places with him with a double to left center.
Moore then capped off the inning with the third-straight double bringing Sistrunk home and giving the Bisons a 4-2 advantage.
The 4-2 score held until the seventh inning when Sistrunk got a two-out rally going with a single through the left side. Moore then followed with a triple into the right field corner that scored Sistrunk easily. Redshirt-sophomore first baseman Adam Lee then hit a triple off the wall in left field that made it a 6-2 contest.
Junior second baseman Mike Korte then rounded out the run production in the game with a single up the middle that scored Lee.
Sophomore righty Denton Norman picked up the win on the hill working six innings. Norman gave up two earned runs and four hits while walking one and fanning two.
“Any time you can go out and put up eight zeros after a shaky start is huge,” said Forehand. “Norman grinded through six innings and saved our bullpen which was depleted a little bit after a long weekend. It’s exciting to see him do his thing on Sunday
Geordie Carlson, Jason Ziegler and Denton Norman all worked in relief and combined to throw three innings of shutout baseball.
Tyler Palm took the loss for Oakland surrendering four earned runs, five hits and a walk in three innings of work.
“We played well this weekend,” said Forehand. “We limited our mistakes. We’re trying to play toward our scheme and we did that on the mound. We did that offensively and we also did that defensively. It’s a fun thing when you put a run together but we can’t rest on where we are now. We’ve got to keep improving and keep developing to see how good this team can be.”
The Bisons make the short trek to Clarksville on Tuesday to take on Austin Peay at 6 p.m. before returning home to Dugan Field next weekend to open Atlantic Sun Conference play against Jacksonville.