Coach Jeff Forehand has set numerous records during his 10 seasons as baseball head coach and this weekend he added another record to his list.
After defeating Western Michigan 1-0 in the final game of the Mule Mix Classic, Forehand received his 250th win as head coach.
“This win is a tribute to all the players that have played baseball since I have been here,” Forehand said. “I am just glad that I can be a part of that success.”
Lipscomb swept the three-game tournament 13-6, 8-6 and 1-0 to extend their record to 5-2 for the season.
In the first game, Lipscomb defeated Miami-Ohio 13-6. Lipscomb’s biggest hit of the game came on a grand slam by freshman Zeke Dodson.
“That was fun to watch. I think the reason he got the grand slam was his patience at the plate,” Forehand said. “He was able to get a 3-1 count and get a fastball that he liked and put it over the left field wall.”
In the second game, the Bisons defeated Army West Point 8-6. The Black Knights scored four runs in the sixth inning, but the Bisons had a strong relief performance that gave them the win.
Sophomore Jeffrey Passantino picked up his second win of the season in the game against Army West Point.
The last game of the Mule Mix Classic was a low scoring game as the Bisons defeated Western Michigan 1-0. Sophomore Brady Puckett pitched seven innings, giving up no runs to record his second win of the year.
“I started out trying to find the zone early,” Puckett said. “I threw mostly hard stuff and had great success to be able to stick with it.”
Freshman Von Watson hit the game winning RBI single to defeat Western Michigan.
“We were fortunate that Lee Solomon stole third before Von’s base hit,” Forehand said. “I think he mis-hit it off the end of the bat so we got lucky that the cat ball to second worked out.”
The win against Western Michigan had some other big milestones.
Junior Dalton Curtis picked up his third save of the year and sophomore Michael Gigliotti currently has a streak of 39 games reaching base dating back to last season.
“[Curtis] has been big time for us this year,” Puckett said. “He has been able to grab control of the game which has been huge for us.”
Lipscomb will take on Middle Tennessee at Ken Dugan Field at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
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