NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 1, 2012) – Lipscomb (13-16, 6-3 A-Sun) broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the third inning and starting pitcher Josh Cotham gave up just one hit and no runs in six innings of work to lead the Bison to a sweep of ETSU (14-12, 3-6 A-Sun), 5-1, Sunday afternoon at Dugan Field.
Cotham (2-2) earned the victory after keeping the Buccaneer bats at bay. ETSU starter Jake Long (Anderson, S.C.) (2-2) once again gave a quality outing, but just did not get any run support. Long went seven strong and gave up just five hits and two runs, while walking one and striking out five.
M.L. Williams, Zak Messer and Zach Lowery each had multiple hits to lead the Bison offensively. Williams was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Messer finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI and Lowery concluded his strong weekend with a 2-for-4 performance that included two RBI.
Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) was the only Buccaneer that recorded multiple hits as he finished 2-for-4. Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) scored the only ETSU run of the game after a ninth inning home run.
After two innings of scoreless baseball, Lipscomb struck first in the third inning after back-to-back RBI singles by Williams and Messer. Ricky Coleman got the rally started with a leadoff double in the right center field gap. After Lee Wilson flied out, Williams found the gap in right center field to bring home Coleman, while the throw home allowed Williams to advance to second. Messer followed with a first pitch single through the left side to score Williams – giving Lipscomb the 2-0 lead.
Lipscomb extended its lead in the eighth inning after plating three runs on four hits off of Doane. With one-out in the inning, the Bison got back-to-back singles by Williams and Messer. After Griffin Moore struck out swinging, Williams and Messer advanced a base on a wild pitch. Then, Lowery delivered a two-run double to right center to put the Bison up by four. Aaron Sandoval capped off the Lipscomb scoring with an RBI single to center field – giving the Bison a 5-0 advantage.
ETSU finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth inning as Pratt bombed his ninth homer of the season – over the left center field wall with two-out in the inning – to cap off the scoring in the contest.
ETSU will cap off the four-game road swing at Appalachian State on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
- With a walk in the sixth inning, Clinton Freeman has now reached base in 20 consecutive games.
- ETSU has now dropped its last nine contests in the city of Nashville
- Lipscomb now leads the all-time series against ETSU 16-13.
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