04/09/17
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA-3

Tripp helps baseball avoid sweep with 8-1 victory in Sunday matinee
Sunday, April 9, 2017 
By Russell Vannozzi
NORTH FLORIDA AT LIPSCOMB | APRIL 09, 2017
PITCHING IP H R ER BB SO
Win: TRIPP (3-2) 5.1 3 1 1 3 5
Loss: DEPPERMANN (2-2) 4.0 8 6 3 0 1
BATTING AB R H RBI BB HR
ERVIN (UNF) 3 0 2 1 1 0
HANKS (LIP) 4 2 3 2 0 0
THOMAS (LIP) 4 1 3 1 0 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a solid outing from Dayton Tripp and an offensive outburst of 13 hits, the Lipscomb baseball team avoided the weekend sweep by defeating North Florida by a score of 8-1 on Sunday in ASUN Conference action at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The win snapped Lipscomb’s four-game losing streak.

“When you get behind the eight-ball like we did the first two games of the series you have to come back with a lot of fire and we did that today,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “Every Sunday it’s hard because this is a long season, but the guys challenged each other to bring the energy level up.”

After struggling against USC Upstate last week, Tripp found his form against the Ospreys. The junior right-hander went 5.1 innings and surrendered just one run while striking out five batters. He got the win and improved to 3-2.

“Dayton came out and did a tremendous job of getting us in a good spot early on,” Forehand said. “Unfortunately he had a bad outing last week, but the remedy is to get back out and pitch again. He really came back today with a bang and gave us some solid innings. I am really proud of that effort.”

Lipscomb (17-14, 3-3 ASUN) pounded out 13 hits, including three apiece from Hunter Hanks and Blake Thomas.

Hanks has been on a tear since regaining a starting spot in the lineup on March 18. The senior has made the transition from shortstop to second base look easy and finished the weekend 7-for-12 with two home runs and six RBI.

“Once I moved back into the lineup, I told myself I didn’t want to come back out,” Hanks said. “I love being in a spot with runners on base because that’s when I try my hardest to come through for the team and with confidence you feel like you can hit any pitch.”

Hanks now has hits in 11 of the last 13 games.

The Bisons got the scoring going with back-to-back RBI singles from Jake Perry and Blake Thomas to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

Lipscomb added four runs in the fourth to build a substantial 6-0 advantage. Hunter Hanks lined an RBI single to left and later scored when Tyler Bethune legged out an infield single. Two batters later, Michael Gigliotti doubled up the middle to drive in Thomas and Bethune before Tevin Symonette was thrown out at home trying to score from first.

North Florida (22-13, 4-2 ASUN) scored their lone run on an RBI single from Patrick Ervin in the sixth. The Ospreys managed just four total hits in the contest.

“Baseball is a funny game. North Florida smashed the ball all weekend and then today we hold them to four hits,” Forehand said. “When good teams are playing each other those kind of things are going to happen, no matter if it’s college or professional.”

Hanks gave the Bisons some insurance in the eighth when he bounced an RBI single over the head of UNF third baseman Alex Merritt. Zeke Dodson later scored on balk to give Lipscomb an 8-1 lead and put the Bisons back on track after a tough week on the diamond.

“It’s easy to get down on yourself when you are on a four-game losing streak,” Hanks said. “Fortunately for us a lot of our guys have been around the block, so we just let everyone know this isn’t the end of the world.

“We have plenty of games left to do something special. We just have to keep grinding as a team.”

Senior reliever Denton Norman pitched three scoreless innings to close out the win and pick up his fourth save of the season.

courtesy LUAD

 

NORTH FLORIDA SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 1ST
ERVIN singled through the right side (1-1 BK).
THIBIDEAU struck out swinging (1-2 BFFS).
GURROLA grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b (1-1 BF); ERVIN out on the play.
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
GIGLIOTTI grounded out to ss (0-2 KF).
SOLOMON grounded out to ss (3-0 BBB).
SORRELLS grounded out to 2b (1-2 BKF).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
1ST2ND3RD4TH5TH6TH7TH8TH9TH
NORTH FLORIDA SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 2ND
MERRITT struck out swinging (3-2 BBKBKFS).
BERRY struck out swinging (2-2 BBKSS).
WEEKS grounded out to 3b (0-0).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
DODSON flied out to cf (1-0 B).
HANKS doubled down the lf line (1-1 BK).
0 - 1 PERRY singled through the right side, advanced to third on a fielding error by rf, RBI (2-2 FFBB); HANKS scored.
0 - 2 THOMAS singled through the right side, RBI (1-2 KBS); PERRY scored, unearned.
BETHUNE grounded into double play p to 2b to 1b (0-0); THOMAS out on the play.
2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Errors, 0 LOB
1ST2ND3RD4TH5TH6TH7TH8TH9TH
NORTH FLORIDA SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 3RD
DIAZ struck out swinging (1-2 KBFS).
WILSON flied out to lf (2-2 BBFS).
GONZALEZ grounded out to 3b (0-0).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
SYMONETTE struck out swinging (1-2 KBSS).
GIGLIOTTI flied out to rf (2-2 BFFB).
SOLOMON fouled out to rf (1-1 KB).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
1ST2ND3RD4TH5TH6TH7TH8TH9TH
NORTH FLORIDA SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 4TH
ERVIN walked (3-1 BBBKB).
THIBIDEAU struck out looking (1-2 BFFK).
GURROLA grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b (2-2 BBKF); ERVIN out on the play.
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
SORRELLS doubled down the rf line (2-2 KFBB).
DODSON flied out to rf (0-0); SORRELLS advanced to third.
0 - 3 HANKS singled through the left side, RBI (2-0 BB); SORRELLS scored.
PERRY flied out to rf (2-0 BB).
THOMAS singled to right center (0-0); HANKS advanced to third.
0 - 4 BETHUNE singled to second base, RBI (0-1 S); THOMAS advanced to second; HANKS scored.
SYMONETTE reached on a fielding error by 3b (0-1 F); BETHUNE advanced to second; THOMAS advanced to third.
0 - 6 GIGLIOTTI doubled up the middle, 2 RBI (2-0 BB); SYMONETTE advanced to third, out at home rf to 2b to c; BETHUNE scored, unearned; THOMAS scored, unearned.
4 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Errors, 1 LOB
1ST2ND3RD4TH5TH6TH7TH8TH9TH
NORTH FLORIDA SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 5TH
MERRITT grounded out to 3b (0-0).
BERRY flied out to lf (2-0 BB).
WEEKS grounded out to ss (2-1 BBK).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
BRADFORD to p for DEPPERMANN.
SOLOMON grounded out to ss (3-2 BKBSB).
SORRELLS walked (3-2 KBBBKB).
DODSON grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b (0-1 K); SORRELLS out on the play.
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
1ST2ND3RD4TH5TH6TH7TH8TH9TH
NORTH FLORIDA SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 6TH
DIAZ doubled down the lf line (1-1 KB).
WILSON out at first 1b to p (1-1 BF); DIAZ advanced to third.
GONZALEZ walked (3-0 BBBB).
ERVIN singled up the middle, RBI (3-1 BBKB); GONZALEZ advanced to second; DIAZ scored. 1 - 6
BOARD pinch hit for THIBIDEAU.
BOARD walked (3-1 BBKBB); ERVIN advanced to second; GONZALEZ advanced to third.
ORTEGA to p for TRIPP.
GURROLA infield fly to 2b (3-1 BBFB).
MERRITT fouled out to 1b (0-0).
1 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 3 LOB
BOARD to cf.
HANKS popped up to 3b (3-2 BFBFFBF).
PERRY grounded out to ss (2-2 KBBS).
THOMAS struck out swinging (3-2 KKBBBS).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
1ST2ND3RD4TH5TH6TH7TH8TH9TH
NORTH FLORIDA SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 7TH
NORMAN to p for ORTEGA.
BERRY lined out to 1b (0-1 K).
WEEKS doubled to left center, ground-rule (2-1 BFB).
DIAZ walked (3-1 KBBBB).
WILSON struck out swinging (1-2 BKFS).
GONZALEZ struck out swinging (1-2 KBSS).
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB
BETHUNE grounded out to 3b (2-0 BB).
SYMONETTE singled through the left side (1-0 B).
GIGLIOTTI singled to right center (1-1 BF); SYMONETTE out at second cf to ss.
SOLOMON grounded out to ss (3-2 BBBKF).
0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB
1ST2ND3RD4TH5TH6TH7TH8TH9TH
NORTH FLORIDA SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 8TH
ERVIN flied out to cf (0-0).
BOARD flied out to rf (1-0 B).
GURROLA flied out to cf (3-1 BKBB).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB
SORRELLS walked (3-1 BKBBB).
DODSON singled through the left side (0-1 K); SORRELLS advanced to second.
1 - 7 HANKS singled to left field, RBI (3-1 BFBB); DODSON advanced to second; SORRELLS scored.
PERRY fouled out to rf (0-0); DODSON advanced to third.
1 - 8 HANKS advanced to second; DODSON scored on a balk.
THOMAS singled through the right side (2-1 FBB); HANKS advanced to third.
SMITH to p for BRADFORD.
BETHUNE struck out swinging (1-2 KKBS).
SYMONETTE walked (3-0 BBBB); THOMAS advanced to second.
GIGLIOTTI out at first 1b to p (1-1 KB).
2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 3 LOB
1ST2ND3RD4TH5TH6TH7TH8TH9TH
NORTH FLORIDA SCORE LIPSCOMB
START OF 9TH
MERRITT popped up to 2b (0-0).
BERRY flied out to lf (2-2 KKBB).
WEEKS grounded out to ss (1-0 B).
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB