Lipscomb splits series with Creighton after Sunday afternoon victory

Lipscomb splits series with Creighton after Sunday afternoon victory

After going across town to play Belmont, Creighton returned to Dugan Field Sunday afternoon. Coming off of their Friday afternoon victory and a split at Belmont, Creighton fell to the Bisons 7-5, after not capitalizing on runners in scoring position.  Freshman pitcher Logan Van Treeck got the start for the Bisons and quickly fell behind the hot hitting Blue Jays, allowing two extra bases hits including an RBI in the first two at bats of the game. But Van Treeck quickly regained his composure and struck out the next three batters in a row.  Creighton was able to stop the one, two, and three batters for the Bisons and bounced back in the second inning with another run but once again Van Treeck responded by sending the next three batters to the dugout.  A two-run homer from sophomore preseason all-conference catcher Chaz Bertolani that brought home freshman infielder Malik Williams tied the game for the Bisons in the second, and they added to the lead in both the third and fourth innings bringing their lead to 5-2. The Blue Jays stranded runners in both the fourth and fifth innings and struggled all afternoon bringing home runners in scoring positions due to dominant pitching from Lipscomb. Van Treeck pitched the first 5 innings before junior transfer pitcher Tyler Drabick came in in the sixth inning in relief. Drabick made quick work of the Blue Jays in the 6th innings but allowed the first two batters to reach base in the seventh, which prompted Bisons pitching coach to bring in sophomore reliever and preseason All-ASUN selection Tyler Guilfoil to close out...
Lipscomb Volleyball completes home sweep against newcomer Bellarmine

Lipscomb Volleyball completes home sweep against newcomer Bellarmine

After splitting midweek games with UNA on Monday and Tuesday, the Lady Bisons came into Allen Arena Friday night ready to defend their home court, and they did just that completing two 3-0 sweeps on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night, the Knights got the first point and kept the first set close exchanging a couple of leads with the Bisons before ultimately falling 25-20. In sets two and three, Lipscomb took control of the match, winning each set by nearly 10 points. Senior outside hitter Megan Kuper led the way in kills for the Bisons finishing the night with 14 kills and a block. Helping out Kuper was freshman Kamryn Bacus, who added 12 kills to the total for the night. Defensively, senior libero Alyssa Zwolensky had a season-high 26 digs. Bellarmine relied on senior middle blocker Izzie Salameh who tallied 8 kills for the Knights. However, Bellarmine was without their star sophomore Hannah Brown who has averaged 2.45 kills/set for the Knights, as she went down with an injury in the first set. On her shortened evening, Brown had 3 kills. Saturday evening was much the same story for both sides as Lipscomb completed the second sweep of the weekend. Bacus continued her hot streak adding 14 kills and two service aces to her Friday night total, but another new star emerged for the Bisons as middle blocker and fellow freshman Meg Mersman finished with 11 kills, a 0.625 attack percentage, and three blocks. For the Knights, they came out much more aggressive Saturday night and capitalized on an off-night from the senior Kuper as well as...
Baseball drops season opener against Creighton 11-4

Baseball drops season opener against Creighton 11-4

In their 2021 home opener, the Lipscomb Bisons baseball team fell to Creighton 11-4, as the Blue Jays scored four home runs. Debuting their brand new cream uniforms, the Bisons came into the afternoon with a 2-1 record after beating Murray State twice on Monday and falling to Memphis on Tuesday afternoon in Hoover, AL. Junior pitcher Noah Thompson got his first start for the Bisons in nearly two years after missing the shortened 2020 campaign with a foot injury. In his three innings of work, Thompson allowed four hits and five runs off of a sacrifice fly and two home runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Meanwhile, the Bisons could get nothing going offensively as it was nine batters up and nine batters out in the first three innings behind expert pitching from sophomore pitcher Dylan Tebrake. In the fourth inning, the Bisons tried to close the scoring gap behind an offensive surge from senior outfielder Carter Smith and junior infielder Malik Williams that brought three runs home for Lipscomb, bringing the score to 5-3 in favor of the Blue Jays.  However, this two-run deficit would be as close as the Bisons would get for the rest of the afternoon. Several Bisons pitchers came in in relief, but none could manage to stop the bleeding as Creighton continued to add on runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings. Senior infielder Dax Roper led the way for the Blue Jays tallying two hits and two runs on the afternoon including a home run in the eighth. For the Bisons, Williams finished the afternoon 3-4 from the...
Lipscomb softball splits midweek doubleheader against Northern Iowa

Lipscomb softball splits midweek doubleheader against Northern Iowa

Lipscomb opened the afternoon with a 9-1 victory that ended in the 6th inning due to run rules but fell to the Panthers 3-1 Wednesday afternoon in their 2021 home opener. Even though the Lady Bisons walked away with a game 1 victory, it was the Northern Iowa Panthers who got the first Draper Diamond run of the year as redshirt senior shortstop Sammey Bunch led off the top of the first inning with a home run. But it didn’t take Lipscomb long to even the score as sophomore catcher Kamrie Rich countered with a home run of her own in Lipscomb’s side of the first inning that also brought home senior outfielder Caitlin Turner.  From there the Lady Bisons controlled the scoring and did not allow another Panther run while also dominating the offense, scoring eight unanswered runs. Rich ended the game with three hits, two runs, and six runs batted in.  Graduate transfer pitcher Breanna Burke got the win for Lipscomb pitching all six innings. In the second game of the afternoon, Rich continued her scoring streak in the first inning bringing home junior infielder Amy Vetula and giving the Lady Bisons a 1-0 lead.  In a flipped script from game one, it was Lipscomb who would go cold offensively not scoring another run.  Meanwhile, Bunch also continued her scoring in game two of the action adding another home run to her tally for the afternoon bringing home herself and sophomore infielder Kamryn Shaffer for the go-ahead run and the win.  The Lady Bisons travel to Coastal Carolina this weekend for the Chanticleer Showdown before returning home...
Lipscomb Volleyball sweeps UNA in their first of four games

Lipscomb Volleyball sweeps UNA in their first of four games

After having their weekend series postponed, Lipscomb Volleyball was finally able to play their second conference opponent of the season, the UNA Lions, in the first game of their two-game series, where Lipscomb won 3-0. Due to delaying these games, the second game of the series will be played in Florence, AL Tuesday night.  Lipscomb started and finished hot Monday night winning both the first and third sets by commanding margins of 12 and 13 points, however, in the second set, the Lions kept it close falling only by 3 points, 22-25.  The Bisons are now 3-0 in conference play after sweeping Liberty on the road two weekends ago and 6-1 overall. The Bisons currently sit in second place in the ASUN behind Kennesaw State, who is 6-0 in conference play this season. Leading the way for the Bisons in kills were outside hitters freshman Kamryn Bacus with 15 and senior Megan Kuper with 13, and assisting them were freshman setters Brooke Phillips with 22 and Delaney Dilfer with 17. For the Lions, freshman Kamryn Parsonage led UNA in kills with 7. Lipscomb hopes to stay on their hot streak as their busy schedule continues. This week alone the Bisons still play three more games finishing off this first two-game series with North Alabama and then another two-game series against Bellarmine at home before returning to Florence next week for the second two-game series against the Lions. This new scheduling format is due to the ASUN conference dividing into a North and a South division to minimize contact and travel due to COVID-19. With this loss, North Alabama stays...