March 4, 2006
Just days after losing to Austin Peay in a 16-3 blowout, the Bisons rebounded in a big way on March 4, with two much needed wins. The Bisons made the trip to Tallahassee, Florida to battle Florida A&M in a double header on Saturday, their first games away from home this season.
Right hander Josh Smith got the start for the Bisons in game one, his third of the season.
The Rattlers got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. The Bisons responded with one of their own in the top of the fifth. Patrick O'Rourke led off with a single to right field, and stole second. One out later Preston Embrey grounded out to advance O'Rourke to third. O'Rourke scored one batter later on an error by the shortstop, to bring the score to 2-1.
The Bisons tied the game in the top of the sixth. Nathan Sensing led off the inning with a double to center, and scored on a Zac Miller RBI single.
The Rattlers would get the run back in the bottom of the inning. Smith allowed singles to the first two batters. Peter Guastella advanced the runners to second and third with a bunt. After getting the next out on a ground out, Smith was removed in favor of Charles Williams. Williams immediately gave up an RBI single to Edmond Bushnell before settling down and getting the final out.
In 5.2 innings, Smith gave up three earned runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out five.
After a scoreless seventh, the Bisons regained the lead in the top of the eighth. Ryan Mitchell led off the inning with a walk. A Sensing bunt put Mitchell in scoring position with no outs. One out later, Caleb Joseph hit an RBI single to left bringing Mitchell to the plate. Joseph advanced to second on a throwing error by the left fielder and would move to third on a passed ball. After Jared Picchiottino walked, O'Rourke hit a single to left, scoring Joseph and giving the Bisons a 4-3 lead.
It was a short lived lead, however. Two more Florida A&M runs crossed the plate, spelling the end of Williams night. Robbie Smithson came on in relief.
But the Bisons refused to give up. Tadd Brewer led off the ninth with a walk before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Mitchell followed with a single to right to tie the game at five. But the Bisons were not finished yet. The next batter, Sensing walked. Both runners would score on a double steal which resulted in a throwing error by the Rattlers catcher. The two runs brought the score to 7-5, which would be the final.
Smithson received the win for the Bisons, his first. In 1.2 innings of work he gave up no earned runs and just two hits.
Game two of the double header can best be defined using one name: Paul Piennette. Piennette received the game two start for the Bisons. His last time out, Piennette was dominating over the first five innings before falling apart in the sixth. However, on this night, Piennette finished what he started, throwing a complete game five hit shutout.
The Bisons got on the board in the second. With two outs, Justin Sanders reached on an error. Ryan Price followed with a double to left field scoring Sanders for the first run of the game. After Price advanced to third on a wild pitch, Whit Reed walked. Whit Reed stole second, and Price advanced home on the throwing error by the Rattlers catcher to bring the score to 2-0.
The Bisons blew the game open in the fourth. Seven Lipscomb runs crossed the plate giving the Bisons a 9-0 lead they would never relinquish. Piennette's record improved to 1-2.
In the game, Miller and Price led the Bisons with two hits a piece.
The Bisons return to action tomorrow, March 5, when they take on Florida A&M in the final game of the series at 1 p.m.