April 1, 2008
The Bisons had no shortage of offense on Tuesday, as they used 14 hits, including three home runs, to defeat Middle Tennessee State 13-6.
The Bisons fell into an early hole, after the Blue Raiders used a three-run homer in the first to take the early lead. However, the Bisons quickly rebounded, plating five runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Caleb Joseph got the Bisons started with a sacrifice fly to right. The next batter, Blake Bratcher, brought another run home with an RBI double. Jared Picchiottino added to the lead, driving in two more on a double down the left field line. Jay Moreland completed the inning's scoring with a single up the middle.
The Bisons increased their lead to 6-3 in the second on Allen Bolden's third home run of the season, a solo shot to right center.
The Blue Raiders got one of the runs back in the third, but the Bisons plated another in the bottom of the inning on a lead-off homer from Justin Sanders.
After the Blue Raiders pulled to within 7-5 with a run in the sixth, the Bisons stretched their lead to 11-5 in the bottom of the inning. Bratcher got the scoring going in the sixth with an RBI single to third. Picchiottino completed the scoring, driving in three on his first home run of the season.
Bisons starter Paul Piennette lasted three innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out six. He was relieved by Charles Williams to start the fourth. Williams lasted three innings, giving up one run on six hits, before he was relieved by Kyle Tognazzini to start the seventh.
The Bisons tacked on two more runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Moreland, and a final run scoring on a wild pitch by Sanders.
Tognazzini kept the Blue Raiders off the board over his two innings of work before he was relieved by Chris Burnett to start the ninth. Burnett allowed one run in the ninth to bring the score to 13-6, the final.
Picchiottino led the Bisons on offense with three this, five RBIs, and two runs scored. Bratcher and Bolden also recorded three hits in the game.
"It is nice to get your first hit of the game in your first at bat," Picchiottino said. "It makes you feel more comfortable at the plate the rest of the night. I was seeing the ball really well tonight, and was able to get the barrel on the ball a couple times.
"Our team as a whole has been hitting the ball well. We are getting contributions from one through nine in our lineup. We played a solid game tonight all the way around and beat a good MTSU team."
With the win, the Bisons improved to 15-11 on the season. The Bisons are back in action when they travel to Union City, TN to take on UT-Martin tomorrow, April 2, at 6 p.m.
Right-hander, Josh Smith, is scheduled to take the mound for the Bisons. On the season, Smith is 1-2 with a 5.32 ERA.