Bison’s sloppy play leads to 9-7 loss against Belmont

Bison’s sloppy play leads to 9-7 loss against Belmont

Unforced errors are a coach’s worst nightmare, and baseball’s Jeff Forehand is no exception. The Lipscomb Bisons had plenty of opportunities to defeat their cross-town rival Belmont at Dugan field on Tuesday night, but missed opportunities on offense and defense proved too much to overcome as the Bisons eventually fell 9-7 in a game that lasted over four hours. The Bruins jumped out to an early lead thanks to Hunter Holland’s grand slam with two outs in the top of the 1st. Although the deficit would eventually be 6-1, Lipscomb was able to crawl back into the game thanks to a six-run third inning, making it all the more difficult to eventually take the loss. The loss moved the Bisons to 20-18 on the season as they remained 6-6 in conference play. “I think we handled it pretty well initially,” Forehand said. “But then we just kept putting ourselves in bad spots either by getting behind in the count or giving up a leadoff walk. We bailed ourselves out of those situations a few times, but that’s not something that any team can do consistently.” The Bison’s six-run outburst in the third was a two-out rally sparked by Jake Perry’s 2-run bomb to right field. Belmont’s pitchers struggled with command in the inning, allowing the Bisons to load the bases before Michael Gigliotti was hit by a pitch to bring in Allan Hooker. A throwing error on a ground ball to second allowed Jackson Furstace and Tyler Bethune to score on the very next batter, giving Lipscomb a 7-6 lead. Belmont would quickly regain the lead in the 5th,...
Softball shuts out Belmont 5-0 in Tuesday night tilt

Softball shuts out Belmont 5-0 in Tuesday night tilt

It was no coincidence that the song “Takin’ Care of Business” was blaring in E.S. Rose Park as Lipscomb stepped on the field because that’s exactly what the Bisons did in their 5-0 shutout over Belmont. It was a picture-perfect day for the annual “Battle of the Boulevard” face-off. The field was freshly groomed with a jaw-dropping Nashville skyline in the horizon. The Lady Bisons were more than ready to hit the field Tuesday night after resting since last Thursday’s win over Chattanooga. “It felt like we were almost having to force our energy and effort at times,” head coach Kristin Ryman said. “We had to work through that and get back into a game mode. It is nice to get some rest, but there is something to be said about being in game mode too.” Lipscomb landed three runs in just the second inning following a beautiful two-RBI single by Abby Fenichel. “On a night when the ball wasn’t flying off of bats for either team I thought Abby had some really well-hit balls,” Ryman said. Fenichel would go on to lead the pack with three runs bated in and two hits. Another easy run was scored in the fourth off of a bloop single to left field from Fenichel. Belmont appeared to be in a frenzy as it switched out its second baseman, catcher and shortstop after Lipscomb’s hot start. The Lady Bisons were unscathed by the changes and remained in the driver’s seat. The highlight of Lipscomb’s defense was ace Mandy Jordan. Jordan struck out 13 batters, allowed four hits and did not walk a single...
Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga

Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga

A rain delay in the second inning didn’t stop the Lipscomb Lady Bisons from run-ruling the Chattanooga Mocs 12-0 in five innings on Thursday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Coming off a 4-1 win Tuesday night at Louisville, Lipscomb (33-13) pulled a massive nine-run second inning to go up 11-0 over the Mocs (12-32) early in the game. “I loved how we scored right off the bat,” head coach Kristin Ryman said. “Chloe [Yeager] gets a really clutch two RBI single right there in the first inning to get us on the board and jump-start us, and then in the second inning we just really took off. After that, we just relied on our defense.” Senior veteran pitcher McCarley Thomas pitched the entire game, only allowing two hits, while Chattanooga threw two freshmen — Celie Hudson and Alex Connell, who let up four hits a piece against the Lady Bisons. “I feel pretty good about it,” Thomas said. “I think I have the opportunity to be sharper and to get ahead more on my batters, and that’s going to help me out a lot. It’s a team sport, and my teammates had my back, so it was a good outing.” In the first inning, junior Caitlin Plocheck knocked a double to centerfield for the Lady Bisons’ first hit. Then with two outs and bases loaded, freshman Chloe Yeager came up to bat, drilling a single up the middle to bring in the first two runs of the game. After a quick rain delay, sophomore Destinee Brewer knocked a single and stole third before senior Kasey Gibson hit a...
Softball wins series over North Florida 2-1

Softball wins series over North Florida 2-1

The Lady Bisons won their second straight conference series this weekend against North Florida. Lipscomb won the first game of the double header 8-1, then lost the middle game 5-0, before winning the series finale 2-1 on Saturday. The first game of the series started out much slower than the score might indicate. After the top of the 4th inning the score was still 0-0. Then in the bottom of the 4th freshman infielder Chloe Yeager got the scoring started by hitting a two-run home run just over the left field wall. That wasn’t the only long ball hit in the inning as junior infielder Caitlin Plocheck knocked a three-run home run just a few batters later. “We were doing some decent things early in game one, but we hadn’t quite figured it out yet,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Chloe hits the home run that just jump-started everything. Our confidence really began flowing after that.” Unfortunately for the Lady Bisons they were unable to carry their success over to game two of the series as they were shutout by the Ospreys 5-0. North Florida jumped out and scored four runs in the first inning after just the first seven hitters. After the first inning senior pitcher McCarley Thomas settled down and allowed just one run over the next six innings, but, with no help from the offense, the damage was already done. “We have talked to everybody on the team about mentally being able to rebound,” coach Ryman said after the game. “We don’t have time to pout or sulk about how performances went in these games. We...
Bisons fend off Ole Miss to win Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate

Bisons fend off Ole Miss to win Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate

The first ever Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate became a battle of two strong teams, but the Bisons used a strong finish to come out on top. The Lipscomb Men’s Golf team trailed Ole Miss by three shots with four holes to play but managed to make five late birdies to earn the victory. “Mental fortitude, that’s what’s great about this team,” Coach Will Brewer said after the tournament. “They are all passionate about competing. Ole Miss is a great team and their 1-2 punch is strong, but we put ourselves in a good position and finished really strong.” Blustery and firm conditions made the golf course very difficult and caused scores to be higher than anticipated. Swirling winds and lightning fast greens kept the players guessing for most of the tournament. “We played out here a couple weeks ago when it was soft and slow, so it surprised us to have to compete in much different conditions,” Brewer said. “Some of our guys weren’t happy about the scores they shot, but overall they handled the difficult conditions very well.” Dawson Armstrong and Stoney Crouch led the Bisons in the final round. Armstrong shot a solid round of 69 to grab second place in the tournament at 1-under part (72-71-69.) Meanwhile Crouch birdied three of his final five holes to shoot a 3-under 68 and finished the event at 1-over par (73-73-71.) Both Mikey Feher and Eric Ansett carded rounds of 74 in the final round. Ansett finished the event alone in fifth place at 3-over par (69-73-74), with Feher finishing one stroke behind in a tie for sixth at 4-over...
Baseball loses weekend series against North Florida, 2-1

Baseball loses weekend series against North Florida, 2-1

Lipscomb had its first home-conference weekend against North Florida, but Lipscomb’s bats didn’t get started until Sunday afternoon. In the first game of the series on Friday nothing seemed to be going Lipscomb’s way. The Bisons fell behind in the top first and were never able to battle back. Starting pitcher Brady Puckett had an unusually rough game. He allowed five runs through seven innings, and eventually Lipscomb went on to lose Friday’s contest 11-1. “This is not the way you want to start off any series,” Jeff Forehand, Lipscomb baseball head coach said. “We got off to a rough start and just couldn’t turn it around.” This game started much different for Lipscomb as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead by the end of the 3rd inning, but it wouldn’t last. UNF battled back and it was capped off by a 3-run 7th inning. “This was a tough loss, because we were leading for most of the game, and even after they came back and tied it we were still looking good,” Forehand said. “But it didn’t go our way. We were a hit or two away from it being a different story. This was just one of those games where they played better than we did.” UNF finished game two with double-digit hits for the third straight game. They went on to win game two, 7-5. The Bisons turned to junior pitcher Dayton Tripp to avoid a sweep by the Ospreys. Tripp was coming off a poor performance in his last start as he gave up seven runs in just .1 innings against USC Upstate last weekend. Tripp bounced back...