April 12, 2008
The Lipscomb Bisons baseball team moved another game closer to first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference with 6-1 win in game one of a doubleheader with Florida Gulf Coast Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium,
Power and pitching were the keys for the Bisons who pounded three home runs.
On the mound right-hander Brandon McClurg, 5-1, went the distance for the Bisons, holding Florida Gulf Coast to only one run and five hits. He struck out six and walked three.
Shortstop Jorge Gutierrez opened the scoring in the first inning with a solo shot to left field in the Bisons first at bat of the game.
The Bisons added another run in the fifth when first baseman Ryan Wilkins hit a solo shot to left to start the inning.
In the sixth the Bisons scored another run. Center fielder Allen Bolden led off the inning with a walk, but was caught attempting to steal second. Catcher Caleb Joseph walked and went to third when left fielder Blake Bratcher singled to right field. Designated hitter Justin Sanders singled to center to score Joseph.
The Bisons scored three more runs in the seventh. With two outs Gutierrez doubled down the left field line. Bolden singled to left field driving Gutierrez home. Joseph then hit a two-run home run to left field that cleared the batting practice facility.
Gutierrez, Joseph and Sanders each had two hits.
Florida Gulf Coast scored one run in the third inning.
Florida Gulf Coast sent three pitchers to the mound. Pete Woodworth started and took the loss, falling to 5-2. He pitched seven innings and gave up eight hits and six runs, all earned. He walked three and struck out five.
Andy Horton gave up two hits in one-third of an inning and also struck out one. Richie Erath closed out the game for Florida Gulf Coast with two-thirds of inning. He did not allow a hit.
The Bisons are 20-14, 14-6 in the A-Sun. Florida Gulf Coast is 25-12 overall, 15-5 in the conference.