3/21/17
MIDDLE TENNESSE STATE UNIVERSITY

Offensive explosion leads baseball to 16-2 drubbing of Middle Tennessee
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 
By Kirk Downs
LIPSCOMB AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | MARCH 22, 2017
PITCHING IP H R ER BB SO
Win: GIBSON (1-0) 0.1 0 0 0 1 0
Loss: WILLIAMS (0-2) 4.0 6 1 1 2 5
BATTING AB R H RBI BB HR
THOMAS (LIP) 5 3 4 1 1 0
DELGADO (MT) 4 1 2 2 0 1
KEMP (MT) 3 1 2 0 0 0

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team got the week started on a strong offensive note Wednesday night in Murfreesboro, rounding the bases repeatedly en route to a 16-2 drubbing of Middle Tennessee at Reese Smith Jr. Field in nonconference action.

The Bisons (12-8) scored 11 unanswered runs, highlighted by a 9-run sixth innings, to end the game and pick up their fourth straight victory.

“Everybody just did their job tonight,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “We had a couple big innings and I thought that really swung the game. We have been talking about our offense is coming along. This is what we are capable of and I am glad to finally see it.”

In the nine-run frame the Purple and Gold brought a season high 12 men to the plate and used a combination of power and patience to blow the game open. After Middle Tennessee (8-12) went to the bullpen, the Bisons quickly began to rack up free bases. When the stanza was over, Lipscomb had six walks, a hit by pitch, three hits – two doubles – and the biggest inning of the season.

“The whole lineup from top to bottom produced tonight,” Forehand said.  I can’t really single anyone out. This is what we expect and hopefully this will continue as we inch closer to conference play.”

Lipscomb used an all-around attack at the plate to collect a season-high 18 base knocks. Eight different players recorded a hit and an RBI.

Junior shortstop Blake Thomas led the hit parade, notching a career high in hits and runs. The Mount Sterling, Kentucky native finished the contest 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs and a leadoff double in the fourth.

Senior second baseman Hunter Hanks tied his career high with four RBI after going 3-for-4. Hanks also scored twice and hit two doubles, including a 3-RBI shot to left center in the sixth frame, for the third time in his career.

Sophomore first baseman Cade Sorrells and senior catcher Tyler Bethune also added three-hit days at the dish. Sorrells was 3-for-3 with two runs, two walks and a RBI. He now has six multi-hit games on the year.

Bethune went 3-for-6, marking the fifth time of his career he has three hits in a game.

Sophomore left fielder Lee Solomon and junior designated hitter Jake Perry each added three RBI apiece. Solomon turned in a 2-for-3 night with three RBI, three runs, a walk and a stolen base. He now leads the ASUN with eight swipes this season. 

Perry was just 1-for-4, but his knock busted the game open for the Bisons in the fifth frame. With Lipscomb leading 1-0 and runners on the corners, Perry launched a ball to the wall in right center to bring home both runs and extend the lead to 3-1.

Junior transfer Nicko Ortega got his first career start on the mound for Lipscomb. He tossed 4.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision effort.

“Nicko did a tremendous job making his first start of the year and he really got us started on a good pace,” Forehand said. 

Dallas Gibson entered in relief and picked up the win for the Bisons to improve to 0-1. He tossed one-third of an inning, but got the Bisons out of a big jam in the fifth. 

courtesy LUAD

 

LIPSCOMB SCORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
START OF 1ST
GIGLIOTTI struck out swinging (3-2 BBFKFBFS).
SOLOMON grounded out to 3b (2-2 FSBB).
SORRELLS singled to right field (3-2 KBBFBF).
DODSON popped up to 2b (2-2 BBKF).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
DELGADO grounded out to 2b (1-2 KBF).
SULLIVAN hit by pitch (0-0).
DENNIS flied out to cf (0-0).
BENEFIELD popped up to ss (0-0).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
LIPSCOMB SCORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
START OF 2ND
PERRY lined out to 3b (1-1 FB).
THOMAS struck out swinging (0-2 FKS).
HANKS singled through the left side (2-1 KBB).
BETHUNE singled up the middle (1-1 KB); HANKS advanced to second.
HOOKER struck out swinging (1-2 BSSFS).
0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB
HUFF grounded out to 3b (2-0 BB).
KING flied out to cf (0-2 FK).
KEMP flied out to rf (1-2 KFB).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
LIPSCOMB SCORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
START OF 3RD
GIGLIOTTI grounded out to 2b (1-0 B).
SOLOMON walked (3-1 BBBKB).
SOLOMON out at first p to 1b, picked off.
SORRELLS walked (3-1 BBKBB).
DODSON singled through the left side (1-2 KBFF); SORRELLS advanced to second.
PERRY struck out swinging (1-2 BKSS).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB
CONN flied out to cf (0-0).
VESSER doubled to right field (2-2 KBFBFF).
DELGADO out at first 1b to p (1-2 KFFB); VESSER advanced to third.
SULLIVAN grounded out to 2b (1-2 BKF).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
LIPSCOMB SCORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
START OF 4TH
THOMAS doubled to left field (2-1 BKB).
HANKS grounded out to p, SAC, bunt (1-0 B); THOMAS advanced to third.
BETHUNE singled to left field, RBI (1-2 KBK); THOMAS scored. 1 - 0
HOOKER flied out to lf (2-1 BBS).
GIGLIOTTI struck out looking (2-2 BBFFFK).
1 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
DENNIS walked (3-1 BBBKB).
BENEFIELD singled to center field (0-2 SF); DENNIS advanced to second.
HUFF grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (3-2 FBBBK); BENEFIELD out on the play; DENNIS advanced to third.
KING flied out to rf (2-1 BSB).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
LIPSCOMB SCORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
START OF 5TH
LESTER to p for WILLIAMS.
SOLOMON doubled to third base (2-2 KFBB).
SORRELLS singled to right center (2-1 BKB); SOLOMON advanced to third.
DODSON walked (3-2 BBFKBB); SORRELLS advanced to second.
PERRY doubled to right center, 2 RBI (0-0); DODSON advanced to third; SORRELLS scored; SOLOMON scored. 3 - 0
PERRY advanced to third on a wild pitch; DODSON scored on a wild pitch. 4 - 0
THOMAS singled to center field, RBI (3-2 BKBBK); PERRY scored. 5 - 0
SMALL to p for LESTER.
THOMAS advanced to second on a wild pitch.
HANKS struck out swinging (2-2 BBKFS).
BETHUNE flied out to lf (1-0 B).
HOOKER flied out to lf (2-0 BB).
4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
KEMP singled to second base (3-2 FBKBB).
CONN flied out to rf (0-0).
KEMP advanced to second on a passed ball.
VESSER grounded out to ss (0-1 S); KEMP advanced to third.
5 - 2 DELGADO homered to left field, 2 RBI (2-1 BBK); KEMP scored.
SULLIVAN walked (3-1 KBBBB).
GIBSON to p for ORTEGA.
DENNIS hit by pitch (0-1 K); SULLIVAN advanced to second.
DENNIS advanced to second on a passed ball; SULLIVAN advanced to third on a passed ball.
BENEFIELD walked (3-2 BBKSFBB).
HUFF flied out to lf (2-0 BB).
2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 3 LOB
LIPSCOMB SCORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
START OF 6TH
SMITH to p for SMALL.
GIGLIOTTI walked (3-1 BBBKB).
SOLOMON hit by pitch (0-0); GIGLIOTTI advanced to second.
SOLOMON stole second; GIGLIOTTI stole third.
SORRELLS walked (3-1 BBKBB).
DODSON walked, RBI (3-0 BBBB); SORRELLS advanced to second; SOLOMON advanced to third; GIGLIOTTI scored. 6 - 2
PERRY flied out to cf, SF, RBI (3-2 BFBKB); SORRELLS advanced to third; SOLOMON scored. 7 - 2
DODSON advanced to second on a wild pitch.
THOMAS walked (3-2 BSFBFFBB).
HANKS doubled to left center, 3 RBI (1-0 B); THOMAS scored; DODSON scored; SORRELLS scored. 10 - 2
JACKSON to p for SMITH.
BETHUNE grounded out to ss (1-1 BK); HANKS advanced to third.
HOOKER walked (3-2 BBKFBB).
GIGLIOTTI walked (3-1 BBKBB); HOOKER advanced to second.
SOLOMON doubled, advanced to third, 3 RBI (0-2 KK); GIGLIOTTI scored; HOOKER scored; HANKS scored. 13 - 2
SORRELLS singled to center field, RBI (1-1 BK); SOLOMON scored. 14 - 2
DODSON out at first ss to 2b (0-1 K).
9 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
STEWART to p for GIBSON.
KING flied out to cf (0-0).
KEMP doubled to left field (0-0).
CONN grounded out to ss (0-0).
ANTONINI pinch hit for VESSER.
ANTONINI lined out to 2b (1-0 B).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
LIPSCOMB SCORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
START OF 7TH
ANTONINI to c.
PERRY popped up to 2b (3-2 BKSBB).
THOMAS singled to center field (1-2 BFK).
HANKS doubled to left center, RBI (0-2 FF); THOMAS scored. 15 - 2
BETHUNE grounded out to 2b (1-2 BFS); HANKS advanced to third.
HOOKER singled to right field, RBI (1-0 B); HANKS scored. 16 - 2
HUFF to p.
/ for JACKSON.
SISTRUNK to 3b for KEMP.
GIGLIOTTI grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-2 BKS).
2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
SYMONETTE to lf for SOLOMON.
FURSTACE to 2b for HANKS.
KEMP to p for STEWART.
DELGADO doubled to left center (1-1 BK).
SULLIVAN struck out swinging (3-2 BBKKBS).
DENNIS fouled out to 1b (2-1 KBB).
BENEFIELD struck out swinging (2-2 FBBFS).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
LIPSCOMB SCORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
START OF 8TH
SYMONETTE struck out looking (3-2 BSBBFFK).
MCHALE pinch hit for SORRELLS.
MCHALE struck out looking (3-2 BKFBBK).
DODSON struck out swinging (1-2 KKBS).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
MCHALE to 1b.
PRYOR to p for KEMP.
HUFF struck out looking (1-2 KBKK).
CURTIS pinch hit for KING.
CURTIS fouled out to c (2-1 BSB).
SISTRUNK popped up to 2b (1-1 KB).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
LIPSCOMB SCORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
START OF 9TH
FREEMAN to cf for DELGADO.
DENNIS to ss.
CURTIS to 1b.
LOPEZ to rf for CONN.
MOYNIHAN pinch hit for PERRY.
MCDIVITT to p for HUFF.
MOYNIHAN struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (1-2 KFBFS).
THOMAS singled through the left side (3-1 BFBB).
FURSTACE struck out swinging (1-2 BKKS).
BETHUNE singled up the middle (1-0 B); THOMAS advanced to second.
BASHLOR pinch hit for HOOKER.
BASHLOR flied out to lf (2-0 BB).
0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB
MARTINEZ to rf for BASHLOR.
NORMAN to p for PRYOR.
LOPEZ doubled to right field (1-1 SB).
ANTONINI struck out swinging (2-2 BKBKS).
FREEMAN struck out looking (2-2 BFKBFK).
HENSLEY pinch hit for SULLIVAN.
HENSLEY flied out to cf (2-1 BKB).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB