Jacksonville Sports Day

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Lipscomb Snaps Jacksonville’s Five-Game Win Streak

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sam Armstrong and Connor Stephens each doubled but a six-run fourth inning led to a 9-1 loss against Lipscomb at Dugan Field Sunday.

“Well it’s not how you wanted to finish the weekend, but the fact-of-the-matter is that we still won a series against a very good team on the road,” said Head Coach Tim Montez. “We got a chance to play in the park what will host the conference tournament at the end of the year.”

“We weren’t very tough-minded today in the way that you need to be to finish a weekend. We need to learn from this and chalk it up as a glitch,” continued Montez. “But we need to do a better job of keeping that tenacity we showed before for the entire weekend.”

Lipscomb (19-17, 3-3) received a strong start from Brady Puckett (6-2), who pitched his second complete game of the season. The sophomore gave up only three hits and a walk and had three strikeouts.

Jacksonville (22-13, 4-2) scored its lone run of the day in the game’s final inning. Austin Hays extended his reach-base streak to eight games off an error at short. Sam Armstrong followed with his second hit of the day, a ground-rule double to left. JJ Gould then grounded out for the RBI, but Puckett finished the frame without Armstrong scoring and earned the victory.

Lipscomb pulled away with six runs in the fourth inning for its lone victory of the series. The Bisons tallied seven hits in the inning and handed Spencer Stockton (4-3) the loss. Stockton gave up five earned runs off seven hits, with two walks and five strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

Jeff Tanner worked 2.1 innings in relief and gave up two runs on a two-run home run by catcher Chucky Vasquez in the sixth, and Shane Wise gave up one run off two hits in his two innings of relief.

“Now, we’ve got a busy week with a Tuesday game in Gainesville and a very good Florida Gulf Coast team coming to town next weekend. We’ve got to put this one behind us and look forward to another great week of baseball,” said Montez.

Up next, the Dolphins make a return trip to play at Florida on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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