Lipscomb baseball sweeps NJIT in first-ever series matchup

Lipscomb baseball sweeps NJIT in first-ever series matchup

The Bisons’ bats paved the way to victory as they swept NJIT 11-2, 12-11 and 22-12 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. Due to concerns of rain this weekend, the Bisons played a doubleheader on Friday and moved their start time to 3 p.m. to not have any weather delays. To open up the series in the first game, the Bisons scored a total of 11 runs. One of Lipscomb’s contributors was junior Hunter Hanks who had two home runs and a RBI single. “He played his best series of the year,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I think him focusing so much on studying for exams this weekend caused him to be able to play loose and relax.” Lipscomb rallied in the second game. Down by four runs in the ninth, the Bisons ended up winning the game in extra innings. They got a walk-off two-run RBI single from Lee Solomon to win the game in the bottom of the tenth. The final score in the second game was 12-11. In the final game of the series, the Bisons put up a school record of 22 runs to take the final game of the series 22-12. The biggest hit of the game was a grand slam by freshman Cade Sorrels for his first college-career home run. “I think we are maturing as hitters,” Forehand said. “We were able to put up some good at-bats and some great approaches at the plate, which led to all those runs.” This is the first sweep in Atlantic Sun play for the Bisons this year. “Any sweep in the conference is hard to...
New ‘fast-casual’ restaurant led by Lipscomb alumnus

New ‘fast-casual’ restaurant led by Lipscomb alumnus

Located on 8th Avenue South, The Hook is a fast-casual restaurant, providing customers with chicken, seafood and more. The Reed family (Colin Reed, Brenda Reed, Ed Reed and Sam Reed), who is the owner of the Nashville fine-dining restaurant Sinema, started the latest restaurant concept of “fast-casual” dining. The Reed family’s newest restaurant, The Hook, has also embraced this dining concept.   The manager of The Hook is Jesse Fraser, a Lipscomb alumnus who graduated with a mass communication degree. Fraser said the degree has really helped him excel in the restaurant business. “I am definitely communicating with the masses in this industry.”   Fraser said some of his favorite memories during his years at Lipscomb come from times with his brothers in the social club Delta Tau. “We formed amazing friendships that still last to this day,” said Fraser. “Bowling with other social clubs, formals, intramural football games, throwing water balloons at people coming out of the library, BBQs at the pool, playing Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 till all hours of the morning; these are just a handful of the amazing times we shared.” After graduating from Lipscomb, Fraser worked with talented chefs such as Neal Fraser (no relation), John Besh, Alon Shava and the Boka Group. Fraser has dabbled in careers other than the food industry, though. He said his most rewarding job was when he was a teacher to Autistic kindergarten students in Los Angeles. After a decade of working in various areas, he decided it was time to go back home to Nashville. Fraser bartended at Sinema for a couple of years and said he loved working with the Reed family so...
Lipscomb baseball loses 4-3 to WKU

Lipscomb baseball loses 4-3 to WKU

The Lipscomb baseball team lost 4-3 against Western Kentucky University Tuesday night at Ken Dugan Field. It was a back and forth game, but runners left on base and hitting mistakes late in the game cost Lipscomb the win. The Hilltoppers scored early in the second inning starting off with a double from Steven Kraft. A fake bunt from Harrison Scanlon moved Kraft to third, before Paul Murray hit a flair single to right field to score Kraft. The Bisons gained momentum in the bottom of the third inning on Lee Solomon’s solo homerun. In the top of the sixth inning, a single by Western Kentucky’s Kraft turned into what would be déjà vu for Lipscomb. Scanlon hit a double to right field, and Murray followed up with a two-run RBI single, making it 4-3. Lipscomb made seven pitching changes throughout the night making Western Kentucky unable to get comfortable in the seventh through the ninth innings. “If you look at how they scored and how we scored, they had three hits after two quick outs to score in the sixth, and we left men in scoring position with opportunities,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. The pitching staff combined allowed one walk and had eight strike outs. “Defensively, that’s the kind of game we are looking for,” Solomon said. “We had some good plays — we just have to execute, get counts and put people away. We can’t leave pitches over the plate. I think that’s what really hurt us tonight.” The Bisons fall 20-21 on the season. Michael Gigliotti is still out with a hand injury and will not...
Sigma Omega Sigma, Delta Omega win big at Greek Life Awards

Sigma Omega Sigma, Delta Omega win big at Greek Life Awards

Sigma Omega Sigma and Delta Omega won Male and Female Clubs of the Year at a reworked Greek Life Awards ceremony in Allen Arena Tuesday night. Styled in the form of an awards show, the event featured food, entertainment and eight new award categories in addition to Male Club of the Year and Female Club of the Year. Previous awards ceremonies were titled the Greek Life Appreciation Awards and were held in Collins Alumni Auditorium. Senior and former Pi Delta president Lauren Cassetty helped plan the ceremony along with Sam Parnell and Laurie Sain. “Last year we had an event in Collins Auditorium, which was great, but because Greek Life is in Collins a lot with Singarama and Stompfest and the Cowboy Show, we thought it would be a great idea to go bigger and better and Allen is just a venue that is different from what Greek Life is used to,” Cassetty said. Cassetty, Parnell and Sain also created the list of eight new awards to highlight the accomplishments of the social clubs that go beyond Club of the Year. “We wanted a more awards-style presentation,” Cassetty said. “Part of being in Greek life, there’s several qualifications that you have to reach. There’s a jersey or having a philanthropy and raising money and being involved at intermurals and so I thought it would be a great way to not just award the Club of the Year but also give individual awards to several clubs based on their accomplishments throughout the year.” Delta Omega president Natalie Perry enjoyed the changes made to the event but also enjoyed the way...
Softball rebounds from rough weekend to crush Tennessee State

Softball rebounds from rough weekend to crush Tennessee State

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons’ (25-24) strong bats run-ruled the Tennessee State Tigers (10-40) 10-1 Tuesday evening at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Lipscomb put on its annual “Think Pink” and “Strike Out” cancer fundraiser. All proceeds went to cancer research and allowed the Lady Bisons to sport their pink tops for the game. In the first inning, freshman Mandy Jordan got rolling early and struck out the side to start for Lipscomb. “I thought Mandy had a great first inning to set the tone,” head coach Kristin Ryman said. The Lady Bisons’ offense helped her by drawing three walks and collecting four hits that turned into five runs and a commanding 5-0 lead. One of those hits was by freshman Malorie Giere, who hit a shot off the wall that scored three of those early runs for Lipscomb. Senior Dee Baddley made a leaping grab to steal a homerun from Danica Gleason and record the last out of the top of the third. “We’ve talked so much this year about staying in attack mode, not just offensively but defensively too,” Ryman said. Caitlin Plocheck got the bottom of the inning started by smashing a solo homer to add another run for Lipscomb to increase the lead to 6-0. “She’s [Plocheck] been in a real groove,” Ryman said. “Having Plocheck doing what she’s doing right now is such a key for our lineup.” Freshman Abi Stephens got the Tigers on the board with a solo homerun of her own in the top of the fourth inning, cutting the lead to 6-1. “One of things we’re trying to work on with her is...
Take Back the Night highlights first annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Take Back the Night highlights first annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week

During Sexual Assault Awareness Week, students Students had the opportunity to share their thoughts and personal stories about sexual assault. One of the ways was through the prayer walk Thursday night. Graduate student Pieter Valk, who helped plan the prayer walk, explained the purpose behind the event. “So the big hope with this Take Back the Night event was a first step in giving students a public way to share about their experiences, share about their thoughts and even their anger, their sadness around this, and around the brokenness of our society with this,” Valk said. “And then a way for us to take action even more and to go across campus and pray for this, as you can imagine, like spots of little hallowed ground across campus where we can ask for God’s blessing on this campus and the work that’s being done.” Valk said he was pleased with how the event turned out. “I think we were hoping that it would be a small group of students that really wanted to be here and that would really engage and share about their experiences and really take part in the prayer and we’re really happy that there was that participation,” he said. The event was the culmination of Lipscomb’s first Sexual Assault Awareness Week, in which a team of students led by Lipscomb Title IX coordinator Kathy Hargis sought to make students aware of the resources Lipscomb provides to survivors and bystanders of sexual assault and to raise students’ awareness of the problem. “The whole issue of Title IX on college campuses has been really huge, really in the last...