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Saturday, March 08, 2008

March 8, 2008

Final Stats

Bisons' ace, Rex Brothers, won his first game of the season in Lipscomb's 10-7 win over the University of North Florida, but the Ospreys pounded out 13 runs in a game two loss, as the Bisons split Saturday's double-header.

In game one, the Bisons wasted no time getting on the board, scoring five runs in the first. Blake Bratcher got Lipscomb started with an RBI single. One batter later, Justin Sanders walked, pushing in another run. After Bratcher scored on a wild pitch, Shane Simpkins drove in the Bisons' final two runs of the inning on a single through the right side.

Sanders expanded the Bisons lead to 6-0 on a solo homer in the third. However, the Ospreys final broke through against Brothers in the bottom of the inning, plating four to draw within two.

After the Bisons increased their lead to 8-4 in the sixth on an RBI single by Allen Bolden and a sacrifice fly by Caleb Joseph, the Ospreys tacked on another run in the bottom of the inning, pulling to within three.

The Ospreys scored two in the bottom of the eighth to pull within one, but the Bisons offense responded with two runs of their own in the ninth on RBI singles by Ben Williams and Jorge Gutierrez, to bring the score to 10-7, the final.

With the win, Brothers improved his record to 1-2. In six innings he gave up five runs on seven hits, while striking out eight. Right-hander Brandon McClurg threw 1.2 innings, to record the save, his second of the season.

The Bisons were led on offense by Sanders, who had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-4, with a homer, two RBIs, and three runs scored.

Right-hander, Taylor Merry received his first start of the season in game two. However, he lasted just 1.1 innings, giving up six runs on four hits. He was relieved by Mike Zenko, who posted a very similar line, giving up six runs on five hits in his inning of work.

Meanwhile, down 10-0, going into the top of the third, the Bisons got on the board on RBI singles by both Gutierrez and Bolden, before Joseph added an RBI double of his own, bringing the score to 10-3.

Bisons' pitching gave back those three runs in the bottom of the inning, once again, putting Lipscomb behind by ten.

However, the Bisons would post another three spot in the sixth using RBI singles by Ryan Wilkins, Branden Cadavid, and Jay Moreland, to bring the score to 13-6, the final.

Merry received the loss to drop his record to 1-1. Moreland had the only multi-hit game for the Bisons, recording two.

The Bisons are back in action when they conclude their series against North Florida at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 9.