Brady Puckett's gem leads Lipscomb to upset of top-ranked Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- History repeated itself as Lipscomb downed No. 1 Vanderbilt on Tuesday 3-1 behind an all-around performance at Hawkins Field.
Lipscomb (19-11) knocked off the top-ranked team in the country for the second time in program history. The last time was also against Vanderbilt (27-7) in 2007 in a 5-3 win.
It did not take long for Lipscomb to get going as the first pitch of the game drilled Michael Gigliotti. Trying to push the freshman speedster into scoring position, Grant Massey dropped a bunt back to the pitcher, but a throw into right field allowed both runners to be safe.
Jonathan Allison followed with a successful sacrifice bunt to put runners at second and third with one out. Josh Lee then roped a line drive to center field for a sac fly to bring home Gigliotti for the game’s first run.
The Bisons struck again with a run in the sixth when Allison started a two-out rally by ripping a single to center. Josh Lee, who used to play for the Commodores, corked the first pitch he saw to the wall in left center field for an RBI triple to push the lead to 2-0.
Starter Brady Puckett tossed an absolute gem for the Bisons in his 7.1 innings. He allowed just one run on five hits. He struck out a career-high six batters and walked two. He improved to 2-1 with the win.
Vanderbilt’s southpaw John Kilichowski suffered his first loss of the season, falling to 2-1. The sophomore worked seven frames and gave up two runs on five hits with seven punch outs and no walks.
Nick Andros notched the save, working the final four outs of the game including ending a scoring threat in the eighth by the Commordores. The southpaw then sent Vandy down in order in the ninth to seal the win and earn his first save of the season.