MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team snuck past Middle Tennessee Tuesday evening with a 8-6 victory in an extra inning contest at Resse Smith Jr. Field.
The Bisons (11-8) got the scoring started early as junior Haddon Adams, a Murfreesboro native, took the first pitch of the game and sent into the gap in left center for a triple. Adams would cross the plate a couple batters later on a fielders choice.
The 1-0 lead wouldn't last long for Lipscomb. The Blue Raiders (7-13) would retaliate with a three-run bottom of the first thanks to a two-RBI double off the bat of Nick Carnevale and a sacrifice fly from Brycen Thomas.
The Purple and Gold would fight back to tie the game up, however. In the fourth inning, after a double by Cade Sorrells, Josh Martinez hit a shot that gave the MTSU first basemen trouble and allowed Sorrells to score cutting the Blue Raiders lead to 3-2.
Maddux Houghton would lead off the fifth with a double to right field and would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Tevin Symonette to tie the game at three runs a piece.
Freshman Scott Elgin got the start on the hill and settled in after the first inning. Elgin would allow only two hits over the next five innings and strike out five batters to keep the Bisons in the contest.
The fireworks would then start in the eighth inning. Lipscomb would take the lead scoring two runs off a sacrifice fly from Brian Moore and a triple by Houghton. Sorrells and Chandler Chambers scored the runs after reaching on back-to-back fielding errors.
Just as quickly as the Bisons had the lead, they lost it. MTSU responded with a three-run bottom of the eighth to take back the lead and make it a 6-5 ballgame.
The Bisons weren't done though. Symonette would lead off the top of the ninth and crush the third triple of the game for Lipscomb to deep center. Zeke Dodson would drive Symonette home with a sacrifice fly a few pitches later to tie the game back up.
Tyler Sills would take the mound to try and force extras and the freshman came through. Sills would set the Blue Raiders down in order to keep the hope alive for Lipscomb to complete the comeback.
After a scoreless 10th frame, The Bisons were able to break through and score two runs in the 11th. Once again, Symonette would come through in the clutch smoking a double off the wall in left center driving in Adams all the way from first. Symonette would be aggressive on the base paths and stole third, which allowed Dodson to bat him in on a fielders choice a few pitchers later.
Sills stayed on the mound for the 11th and secure the win getting out of a bases loaded jam by striking out Tanner Parker and forcing JT Mabry to fly out to center.
AROUND THE HORN:
- This was the first extra innings game for the Bisons this year.
- Sills picked up the first victory of his collegiate career. The freshman went 3.0 innings and allowed just two hits and struck out four batters.
- Lipscomb recorded a season-high three triples in the game and also recorded three sacrifice flies.
- Houghton was just a home run away from the cycle. He finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored.
- Symonette had a big day at the dish going 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored.
- Both the Bisons and Blue Raiders stole three bases on the night.
Lipscomb will open conference play with a weekend series down in Jacksonville taking on the Dolphins. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CST).