NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 31, 2012) – Center fielder Zach Lowery delivered a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to put Lipscomb ahead and the Bison clinched the series with a 7-4 victory over ETSU on Saturday at Dugan Field.
Davy Hackett (1-1) earned the victory after pitching two innings of scoreless relief. Starting pitcher Blake Fonfara went four innings and allowed five hits and four runs (two earned), while walking two and striking out six. Hunter Brothers picked up his first save of the season after working 1.1 scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Will Carter (Johnson City, Tenn.) (0-2) was charged with the loss after pitching 2.1 innings of relief with two hits, three runs and three walks allowed. Starter Derek Bushey (Richmond, Va.) pitched just two innings before leaving the game with an injury.
Lowery, Logan Hostettler and Tyson Ashcraft each had two hits apiece with a combined five RBI to lead the Bison. Meanwhile, Ricky Coleman was 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI.
Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) each had a home run and an RBI, while Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) had a hit and two RBI. Corey McPherson (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Mason Hershey (Altoona, Pa.) had the only other two of ETSU’s five total hits in the game. ETSU drew seven walks in the game, but also left 11 runners on base.
ETSU got some two-out fireworks in the first inning as Freeman and Pratt recorded back-to-back home runs over the right field wall. It was Freeman’s fourth homer of the year and Pratt’s eighth.
Lipscomb responded with back-to-back homers of its own just two innings later to tie the game 2-2. Catcher Logan Hostetter led off the frame with a home run over the left field wall on a 2-0 pitch. Then, Ricky Coleman followed with a homer over the left field wall to tie the game.
The Bucs regained the lead in the fourth thanks to two-out two-run double off the bat of Scruggs. Hershey kept the inning alive on a two-out single through the left side. Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) reached base on a fielder’s choice as Hershey eluded the tag by second baseman Zak Messer. Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) then followed by reaching on an error by the third baseman to load the bases. Then, Scruggs belted the 2-2 pitch through the left side to score Hershey and Riopedre and give ETSU the 4-2 lead.
The Bison took the lead for the first time in the contest thanks to a bases clearing double by Lowery. Coleman led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second on a single by Wilson. After Williams dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position, Messer was intentionally walked to load the bases. ETSU went to Freeman for the lefty-lefty matchup with Moore and it paid off as Freeman earned the strikeout. With two-outs in the inning, Lowery followed by belting the first pitch he saw from Freeman into the left field gap to score all three runs and giving the Bison the 5-4 advantage.
Lipscomb added an insurance run in the seventh after an ETSU error. Williams singled to lead off the inning and later advanced to second on a two-out single by Lowery. Williams attempted to steal third and the throw by Hershey got away allowing Williams to trot home.
The Bison plated another run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ashcraft led off the frame with a double to left center and Hostettler followed with an RBI single to left field to drive in Ashcraft from second.
The series finale between ETSU and Lipscomb will take place tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. (ET). ETSU sophomore Jake Long (Anderson, S.C.) (2-1) will be matched up against Lipscomb’s Josh Cotham (1-2).
- With his home run in the first inning, Clinton Freeman has now reached base in 19 consecutive games. Freeman has also recorded a hit in nine straight games, which is the longest current hitting streak on the squad.
- The Bucs fall to 1-9 on the season when allowing their opponent to score more than six runs.
- Lipscomb now leads the all-time series against ETSU 15-13.
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