Area college roundup: Lipscomb rallies twice, sweeps doubleheader

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 5:46pm
Staff reports

Logan Hostettler’s single drove in Allen Bolden with the winning run as Lipscomb rallied for the second time in as many games and swept a doubleheader from Campbell at Ken Dugan Field on Friday.

In the opener, they rallied from two down with four runs in the bottom of the eighth and won 8-6.

In the second game, the Bisons trailed by one going into the bottom of the ninth but scored twice without making an out and won 12-11. Ryan Wilkins tied it with a leadoff home run. Bolden followed with a double, and after Tennyson Dodd was intentionally walked, Hostettler ended it with a single to left center.

Dodd was 4-for-4 with seven RBIs, two runs scored and two home runs, and Lipscomb led 10-3 before Campbell rallied with four runs each in the eighth and ninth.

Justin Sanders scored the winning run in Game One when he stole home in the bottom of the eighth.

Sanders tied it 6-6 when he singled in two runs and went to second on a throw. He advanced to third on a fly ball, and scored when he and Bolden, who was intentionally walked, executed a double-steal.

Dodd then doubled and drove in Bolden to compete a four-run inning.

Lipscomb starter Rex Brothers allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits in seven innings. He struck out nine and walked two. All of the hits against him were singles.

Josh Cotham pitched the eighth and got the win, and Kyle Tognazzini earned his eighth save with a scoreless ninth.

Lipscomb (21-28, 15-11) and Campbell (24-21, 6-16) will conclude their three-game series 6 p.m. Saturday.

VU TENNIS RETURNS TO REGIONALS

Vanderbilt’s women’s tennis team faces host Illinois in the first round of the NCAA regionals, noon Saturday at Urbana, Ill.

The Commodores (11-8) are ranked 19th nationally and are in the NCAA tournament for the 15th straight year. They have advanced to the third round or beyond 11 consecutive times.

Illinois (18-7) is ranked 34th.

Vanderbilt won six of its last nine matches, which included four victories over teams in the top 30.

The winner will face either Fresno State (22-5) or Eastern Kentucky (22-5) on Sunday.

TREVECCA BASEBALL LEFT OUT

Trevecca Nazarene, runner-up at the TranSouth baseball tournament, did not receive a bid to the NAIA World Series, which begins Tuesday.

The 46-team field, announced Friday, included 32 automatic qualifiers and 14 at-large invitees. One of the at-large teams was Cumberland (32-23), the TranSouth regular season champion and third-place finisher at the conference tournament.

The Trojans finished the season 35-23.

BRIEFLY

• Franklin point guard Peyton Henry signed to play with Trevecca Nazrene’s men’s basketball team. He is the fifth player to sign with the Trojans this spring. He helped Franklin to a 27-9 record.

• Kristin Majors became the sixth player this spring to sign with Trevecca Nazarene’s women’s basketball team. A 5-foot-8 point guard, she led Clarksville High School to a 28-3 record in 2008-09 and its first district championship since 1983. She scored 1,025 points for her career.

• Belmont announced its 2009 volleyball schedule. The 2008 Atlantic Sun champions will face three teams that made the NCAA tournament last season.

• Belmont decided Thursday to postpone its alumni soccer game scheduled for Friday afternoon due to forecasts of bad weather. The match will be rescheduled for a yet-to-be-determined date.