Lipscomb Holds On In Survival Game; Advances to Saturday

Friday, May 24, 2013

DELAND, Fla. – Lipscomb put up three runs in the top of the first inning that proved to be enough to upset No. 2 seed FGCU, 3-2, on day three of the 2013 Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship. The Bisons were held scoreless after a 14-hour weather delay that suspended the game in bottom of the second inning on Thursday.

No. 6 Lipscomb (25-33; 13-14) survives elimination from the tournament after falling to No. 3 North Florida 6-1 on Thursday. FGCU (37-20; 19-8) now becomes the second team eliminated in this year’s tournament after being upset by No. 7 Kennesaw State on Wednesday.

Lipscomb starting pitcher Jaesung Hwang (3-0) remained in the game following the delay and pitched through the first 7.2 innings to take away the win. Hwang’s first pitch after the restart was passed by catcher Taylor Stewart with the bases loaded to allow FGCU to reach the board with a run by designated hitter Nick Rivera. Hwang ended the game having given up two runs on five hits.

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Tyler Burstrom relieved Hwang in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded. Burstrom struck out FGCU’s Nick Rivera to end the inning and prevent any Eagle runs and pick up his fourth save of the season.

Harrison Cooney (6-6) allowed three runs on one hit in the first inning, but did not return after the delay to pick up the loss. Michael Murray pitched through the final seven innings for FGCU without allowing a run and giving up only four hits.

Before the delay, Drew Adams, a Second Team All-Conference selection, and Tyson Ashcraft put the Bison on the board with a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Adams jumpstarted the Lipscomb bats with a RBI sacrifice fly. Ashcraft added the second home run of the tournament to bring in two more runs.

Centerfielder Colton Bottomley connected a RBI sacrifice fly that cut the Lipscomb lead down to 3-2 in the bottom of the second.

Lipscomb will now move on to face the loser of game eight (No. 3 North Florida v. No. 7 Kennesaw State) on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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