03/18/17
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY-1

Passantino strikes out 10, Bisons sweep Redbirds on Saturday
Saturday, March 18, 2017 
By Russell Vannozzi
ILLINOIS STATE AT LIPSCOMB | MARCH 18, 2017
PITCHING IP H R ER BB SO
Win: PRYOR (1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0
Loss: Lindgren (0-2) 1.0 3 5 5 2 2
BATTING AB R H RBI BB HR
Miller (ILS) 5 2 3 0 0 0
WATSON (LIP) 4 1 3 4 0 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Behind a pair of big home runs from Jake Perry and Von Watson, the Lipscomb baseball team downed Illinois State 10-8 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bisons.

Jeffrey Passantino was dominant in game two and picked up his first win of the season as the Bisons topped the Redbirds 3-1 for the doubleheader sweep.

“We played very well today,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I thought we sort of played two different games. We came out and swung the bat well in the first game and then we got a masterpiece from Jeffrey (Passantino) in the second. I told him I thought if we had played 25 innings and he was pitching, I didn’t think Illinois State was going to score, he was that good.

“It was just a lot of positive things today going in the right direction. I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

Lipscomb (10-8) and Illinois State (5-11) will complete the series with game three on Sunday at 1 p.m.

A five-run seventh inning lifted the Bisons over the Redbirds in the series opener Saturday. The stanza was highlighted Watson who smashed a 3-run bomb into the trees beyond the right field fence for his first long ball of the season.

That homer capped a career day for the sophomore outfielder out of Potts Camp, Mississippi. Watson finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with a double and a career-high tying four RBI.

“Von gave us some big hits in game one,” Forehand said. “It was so good to see him come out and swing the bat well. We really need him to use this game to get going at the plate. He plays a big part in what we are tiring to do.”

Junior right-hander Brady Puckett went 6.0 innings and gave up five runs on 11 hits. He also struck out four and issued one free pass. Illinois State jumped on the hurler from the first at-bat of the day and used the momentum to plate three runs in the opening frame.

“We normally don’t give up three runs in the first, but that is kind of atypical for Brady,” Forehand said. “But I really liked the way we responded in the bottom of the inning.”

Lipscomb came up with a big answer of its own in the home half of the second with four runs to take a 4-3 lead. Perry sent a 3-run blast over the left field fence to knot the game before Watson drove in Blake Thomas for his first RBI of the game.

Hunter Hanks led off the second inning with a triple to right field. He later scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 5-3.

The Redbirds knotted the game at five thanks to an RBI ground out and a wild pitch in the top of the sixth.

Before Watson went deep in the seventh, Thomas drove in two runs on a single up the middle to put the Bisons in front, 7-5.

Illinois State made things interesting in the ninth by tacking on three runs, but senior Denton Norman was able to shut the door and get the final two outs to seal the win. 

courtesy LUAD

ILLINOIS STATE SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 1ST
Grimm singled through the left side (0-1 K).
Miller singled to center field (1-2 FKB); Grimm advanced to second.
Rave singled, bunt (1-0 B); Miller advanced to second; Grimm advanced to third.
Sadler struck out swinging (1-2 SFFBS).
Hutchinson doubled down the rf line, 2 RBI (0-0); Rave advanced to third; Miller scored; Grimm scored. 2 - 0
Libman reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second (3-2 BSFBB); Hutchinson advanced to third; Rave out at third p to 3b.
Zouras singled through the right side, RBI (1-2 FBSF); Libman advanced to third, out at home rf to c; Hutchinson scored. 3 - 0
3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
GIGLIOTTI grounded out to 2b (1-1 KB).
SOLOMON struck out swinging (0-2 KKS).
SORRELLS singled through the right side (2-1 BKB).
DODSON singled to center field (0-1 K); SORRELLS advanced to second.
DODSON advanced to second on a wild pitch; SORRELLS advanced to third on a wild pitch.
3 - 3 PERRY homered to left field, 3 RBI (3-1 BBBK); DODSON scored; SORRELLS scored.
THOMAS singled up the middle (1-0 B).
THOMAS advanced to second on a wild pitch.
3 - 4 WATSON singled up the middle, RBI (2-1 BFB); THOMAS scored.
BETHUNE grounded out to 2b (0-0).
4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
ILLINOIS STATE SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 2ND
Parola struck out swinging (3-2 BBFBKS).
Braithwaite fouled out to c (0-0).
Grimm singled up the middle (3-1 BKBB).
Miller singled through the left side (0-0); Grimm advanced to second.
Rave flied out to cf (0-0).
0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB
HANKS tripled to right center (2-0 BB).
3 - 5 HANKS scored on a wild pitch.
GIGLIOTTI singled to center field (3-1 BKBB).
SOLOMON popped up to p, bunt (0-0).
SORRELLS lined out to 2b (0-1 K); GIGLIOTTI advanced to second on a throwing error by 2b, advanced to third on the error.
DODSON struck out looking (3-2 BKBKBFK).
1 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Errors, 1 LOB
ILLINOIS STATE SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 3RD
Sadler out at first 1b to p (0-0).
Hutchinson lined out to ss (1-0 B).
Libman grounded out to 2b (0-0).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
Landwehr to p for Walker.
PERRY grounded out to ss (1-1 BS).
THOMAS grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-2 BKKBF).
WATSON doubled down the rf line (1-1 BS).
BETHUNE walked (3-2 BFKBFBB).
HANKS grounded out to p (0-1 K).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB
ILLINOIS STATE SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 4TH
Zouras flied out to cf (0-0).
Parola singled, bunt (1-0 B).
Braithwaite flied out to cf (2-2 BBSFFF).
Grimm struck out swinging (2-2 KKBBS).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
Aeilts to 1b for Sadler.
GIGLIOTTI walked (3-2 BBFFBB).
SOLOMON grounded into double play p to ss to 1b (0-0); GIGLIOTTI out on the play.
SORRELLS struck out looking (2-2 BSBFK).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
ILLINOIS STATE SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 5TH
Miller struck out swinging (0-2 KSS).
Rave tripled down the rf line (1-1 BK).
Aeilts reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); Rave out at third 3b to c to 3b.
Aeilts stole second.
Hutchinson walked (3-2 BKKBBB).
Libman grounded out to ss (0-0).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB
DODSON fouled out to 2b (2-2 SSFBBFFF).
PERRY flied out to cf (3-1 BFBB).
THOMAS grounded out to 2b (1-2 KKFBF).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
ILLINOIS STATE SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 6TH
Zouras singled to left center (0-0).
Parola reached on a fielder's choice (1-0 B); Zouras out at second 1b to ss.
Braithwaite doubled down the lf line (1-0 B); Parola advanced to third.
Grimm grounded out to 2b, RBI (2-0 BB); Braithwaite advanced to third; Parola scored. 4 - 5
Braithwaite scored on a wild pitch. 5 - 5
Miller fouled out to 1b (3-2 BSKFBFB).
2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
WATSON grounded out to p (0-0).
BETHUNE grounded out to c unassisted (2-2 BSBS).
HANKS struck out swinging (1-2 KFBFS).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
ILLINOIS STATE SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 7TH
CRISAN to c for BETHUNE.
FURSTACE to 2b for HANKS.
PRYOR to p for PUCKETT.
Rave lined out to ss (3-2 FBBBK).
Aeilts flied out to lf (0-1 S).
Hutchinson hit by pitch (1-2 KKB).
Barnhart pinch hit for Libman.
Barnhart walked (3-2 FBBFBB); Hutchinson advanced to second.
Zouras grounded out to p (1-2 BSS).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB
Barnhart to rf.
Lindgren to p for Landwehr.
GIGLIOTTI flied out to rf (0-2 KF).
SOLOMON struck out looking (1-2 KFBK).
SORRELLS walked (3-0 BBBB).
DODSON singled up the middle (0-1 K); SORRELLS advanced to second.
Butler, Joe to 2b for Parola.
PERRY walked (3-2 KBBBFB); DODSON advanced to second; SORRELLS advanced to third.
5 - 7 THOMAS singled up the middle, 2 RBI (0-1 K); PERRY advanced to second; DODSON scored; SORRELLS scored.
5 - 10 WATSON homered to right field, 3 RBI (2-0 BB); THOMAS scored; PERRY scored.
CRISAN struck out swinging (0-2 KSS).
5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
ILLINOIS STATE SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 8TH
GIBSON to p for PRYOR.
Butler, Joe fouled out to 1b (2-0 BB).
Braithwaite struck out swinging (1-2 FFBS).
Grimm grounded out to ss (1-1 KB).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
Alvarado to p for Lindgren.
FURSTACE grounded out to ss (1-2 KKFB).
GIGLIOTTI walked (3-2 KFBBFBFB).
SOLOMON singled through the left side (1-0 B); GIGLIOTTI advanced to second.
SORRELLS grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (1-1 BK); SOLOMON out on the play.
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
ILLINOIS STATE SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 9TH
CURTIS to p for GIBSON.
Miller doubled down the lf line (1-0 B).
Rave lined out to ss (3-1 BBSB).
Aeilts reached on a throwing error by ss (0-0); Miller scored on the error. 6 - 10
Hutchinson walked (3-2 BFBKBB); Aeilts advanced to second.
Barnhart walked (3-1 BBKBB); Hutchinson advanced to second; Aeilts advanced to third.
NORMAN to p for CURTIS.
Zouras walked, RBI (3-2 SSBBBB); Barnhart advanced to second; Hutchinson advanced to third; Aeilts scored, unearned. 7 - 10
Butler, Joe reached on a fielder's choice, RBI (0-2 SKFFF); Zouras out at second ss to 2b; Barnhart advanced to third; Hutchinson scored, unearned. 8 - 10
Braithwaite grounded out to 3b (2-2 KBSB).
3 Runs, 1 Hits, 1 Errors, 2 LOB

 

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