NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University Baseball dropped an 18-3 decision on Tuesday night against Lipscomb at E.S. Rose Park.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the second. Lipscomb took advantage of a Belmont error and scored seven unearned runs with two outs to take a 7-0 lead.
Belmont got on the board in the bottom of the fourth thanks to senior Devon Gardner (Maryville, Tenn.) who blasted a one-out triple to deep left center field. Freshman Tommy Crider (Madison, Ala.) then delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Gardner, cutting the Lipscomb lead 7-1 after four complete.
Lipscomb responded yet again in the top of the fifth, plating seven more runs after stringing together a few hits and taking advantage of an error to take a 14-1 lead.
After a scoreless sixth, Belmont cracked the scoreboard again in the bottom of the seventh. Junior Hagan Severance (Brentwood, Tenn.) got things going in the seventh when he wore a pitch, giving Belmont a base runner. Freshman John Behrends (Chattanooga, Tenn.) delivered his second base hit of the night pushing Severance to scoring position. Grayson Taylor (Cullman, Ala.) then plated Severance with the second hit of the inning, cutting the Lipscomb lead 14-2.
The Bisons responded with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth and two more runs in the top of the ninth to take a 18-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Belmont had one last chance to get back in the game. With one out and a runner first, a Lipscomb error put runners on the corners. The Bruins took advantage of the error, plating senior Zach Ehrhart (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) from third base on a sacrifice fly to make the score 18-3. A couple of walks would load the bases for Belmont with two outs, but a strikeout ended the game, giving Lipscomb the 18-3 victory.
Belmont will be back in Ohio Valley Conference action this weekend as it travels to UT Martin for a weekend series.