March 30, 2007
In their first home game in a month, the Bisons were defeated 5-2 by the North Florida Ospreys on Friday, March 30.
After falling behind 1-0, the Bisons took the lead in the bottom of the second. Ryan Wilkins led off with a single before advancing to second on a single by Casey Bond. Branden Cadavid followed with a ground out to first, setting up Shane Simpkins to drive in both runners with a double to left center.
The Ospreys added two runs of their own in the fifth and a run in the ninth to take a 5-2 lead, which would be the final.
John King recorded the loss to drop his record to 0-3. In four innings, he gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits, while striking out one.
King was relieved by right-hander, Brandon McClurg, with runners on second and third in the sixth. McClurg escaped the jam, allowing only a run, which was charged to King. In five innings, McClurg gave up just one unearned run on three hits.
On the season, Mcclurg is 2-1 with a 2.58 ERA. He has struck out 35 and opponents are batting just .194 against him.
The Bisons are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, March 31, when they take on North Florida in a double-header. Game one is set to kick off at 1 p.m.
Left-hander, Rex Brothers, will make the game one start for the Bisons. On the season, Brothers is 4-1 with a 4.89 ERA. In 35 innings, he has given up 19 earned runs on 27 hits, while striking out 35. Opponents are batting just .220 against him.
For the Ospreys in game one will be right-hander Derek Bell. On the season, Bell is 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA. In 28 innings, he has given up 25 runs, 15 earned, on 36 hits, while striking out 23. Opponents are batting .305 against him.
The Bisons will send right-hander, Rob Smithson, to the mound in game two. Smithson is 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA. In 40 innings, he has given up just 14 earned runs. He has struck out a team-leading 41, and opponents are batting just .209 against him.
The Ospreys will throw left-hander, John Atteo, in game two. On the season, Atteo is 2-2 with a 5.87 ERA. In 38.1 innings, he has given up 27 runs, 25 earned, on 50 hits, while striking out 25. Opponents are batting .314 against him.
Following the three game conference series against North Florida, the Bisons will host Tennessee-Martin at Dugan Field on Tuesday, April 3, in a game set to begin at 6 p.m.