From Lipscomb Athletics – Kirk Downs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team bounced back Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium to even the series with Eastern Michigan with a 12-8 triumph.
The Bisons (11-8) got a career high 10 strikeouts from sophomore right hander Jeffrey Passantino and the offense pounded out 10 hits in the win.
Redshirt senior first baseman Adam Lee led the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Lee Solomon and redshirt freshman Tevin Symonette followed with two hits apiece while right fielder Allan Hooker drove in three.
Lipscomb took a 1-0 lead in the first when Lee singled to left field, knocking in Solomon who reached on a base knock to center.
Eastern Michigan (6-12) got to Passantino in the next frame as first baseman Mitchell McGeein launched a two-run homer to dead center over the 400-foot sign to put the Green and White on top 2-1.
In the home half of the third, after loading the bases on free passes, freshman Von Watson lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right field, allowing Lee to plate and bring the game even at 2-2.
The Bisons offense hung the first of two five-spots on the Eagles pitching staff in the fourth.
With one out sophomore Michael Gigliotti got beamed and Solomon followed with a walk in a nine-pitch at-bat. Lee then drove in Gigliotti with a single to center, before Solomon came around on a wild pitch.
Hooker delivered the blow of the frame when he took an 0-2 pitch and ripped a laser into the left centerfield gap for a bases-clearing double to give Lipscomb a 7-2 lead.
Two innings later, the Bisons bats continued to stay hot.
Following a 2-RBI double from Solomon, Lee blasted a 2-run shot into the clouds for his second home run of the season, putting Lipscomb on top 11-2.
Symonette, seeing his first action since the March 8th tilt at Tennessee Tech where he took a ball off the eye, crushed a solo bomb over the fence in left to round out the Bisons scoring. The homer was his team-leading fourth of the season.
EMU would not go quietly as it fought back to put up three runs in the eighth and ninth innings before reliever Kyle Kemp was able to shut the door with his second strike out of the day.
Passantio improves to 4-1 with the win after tossing 7.2 frames. He scattered seven hits, gave up four earned runs and did not walk a batter.
Kemp worked the final 1.1 innings. He gave up three runs on four hits.