April 6, 2007
Right-hander, Brandon McClurg, threw 8.2 innings of relief on Friday, April 6, giving up just one unearned run as the Bisons defeated conference foe, Mercer University 12-7 in ten innings.
The Bisons got on the board in the first, scoring three runs with two outs, to take a 3-0 lead. Caleb Joseph got things started with a double down the left field line. After Ryan Wilkins walked, Justin Sanders singled to center, driving in Joseph for the first run of the game. Wilkins would score on an error by the Bears third basemen, while Sanders would cross the plate courtesy of a wild pitch.
However, the Bears scored one run in the first and five runs in the second off of Bisons' starter, Josh Spicer.
Spicer was relieved by McClurg with one out in the second. In 1.1 innings, he gave up six runs on six hits and three walks.
The Bisons got one run back when Branden Cadavid scored on a passed ball in the sixth.
The Bears increased their lead to 7-4 with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning.
The Bisons began to rally with two outs in the eighth. Shane Simpkins walked before advancing to second on a balk. Andrew Nickerson followed with a single to left, scoring Simpkins to draw the Bisons to within two.
The Bisons would tie the game in the top of the ninth. Joseph singled to lead off the inning. One out later, Justin Sanders singled through the right side to put runners on first and second. Kevin Gavigan entered the game to run for Sanders. After both runners advanced on a passed ball, Cadavid walked to load the bases for Simpkins who also walked to bring home Joseph and draw the Bisons to within one. Gavigan would score on a wild pitch to knot the score at seven and send the game into extra innings.
The Bisons would score five runs in the tenth, highlighted by a two-run RBI single off the bat of Simpkins which gave the Bisons a 12-7 lead.
McClurg earned the win to improve his record to 3-1 while lowering his ERA to 1.90.
Simpkins led the Bisons on offense with two hits and three RBIs.
The Bisons are back in action when they take on the Bears in a double-header tomorrow, with game one scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m.
Left-hander, Rex Brothers, is expected to receive the game one start for the Bisons. On the season, Brothers is 5-1 with a 3.98 ERA. In 43 innings he has given up 25 runs, 19 earned, while striking out 44.
In game two, right-hander, Taylor Merry, will make his first start of the season. On the season, Merry is 1-0 with a 5.89 ERA. He has recorded four saves