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Austin Peay (22-31)
5/13/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 267
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After jumping out to an early 3-0 lead on Tuesday night, the Lipscomb baseball team surrendered 6-straight runs to fall 6-3 to Austin Peay in the final nonconference contest of the season at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium
"We played really well early and then gave up three runs in the fifth with two outs," said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. "When you do that you put yourself behind the eight ball. And then we don't close out innings giving up a run three innings in a row. They score four out of the last five but that's baseball."
The Bisons (28-25) got on the scoreboard first in the second inning with a 2-run stanza. Junior designated hitter Tyson Ashcraft got things started with a 1-out walk before senior catcher Nick Rome delivered a single to center.
That set the table for junior first baseman Adam Lee, who ripped his 12th double of the season to bring Ashcraft and Rome across the dish.
The 2-0 score would hold until the fourth when the Bisons tacked on a run when Rome lifted a sacrifice fly into center that plated freshman third baseman Hunter Hanks, who had reached on an infield single earlier in the frame.
The Governors (22-31) got their offense going in the fifth inning with a 3-run frame off Lipscomb freshman southpaw John Pryor, who made his first appearance since April 15 when he was blasted in the jaw with a line drive off the bat of Belmont’s Drew Ferguson.
Austin Peay added a run in the sixth when P.J. Torres doubled in Ridge Smith, who reached on a wild pitch after striking out. The Governors added a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth to secure the win.
Pryor did not factor in the decision in his return to the mound for the Bisons. The lefty tossed four and two-thirds innings giving up three hits, three earned runs and four walks while fanning three Govs.
"You can't expect John to be all the way sharp in his first outing back but he goes out and puts four zeroes up to start the game," said Forehand. "That's pretty special and something to feel good about going into the final weekend and the tournament next week.
Ashcraft took the loss in relief giving up the run in the sixth inning. The junior gave up two hits and one run in his eighth appearance of the season.
Zach Walton picked up the win on the hill for the Governors tossing one and one-third innings without allowing a run. Walton fanned one batter and issued one free pass.
The Bisons continue home play on Thursday opening a 3-game set against Atlantic Sun Conference leader Florida Gulf Coast. Thursday night’s contest is set for a 6 p.m. start. Friday and Saturday’s contests have both had time changes due to an early Saturday flight for the Eagles. Friday night will now get underway at 5 p.m. while Saturday is a 10 a.m first pitch.
"We have to clean up the small stuff," said Forehand. "At this level, if you don't play clean you are going to have trouble at the end of the game."