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Simpkins drives in Bisons' only run in 8-1 loss to Vandy

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

April 15, 2008

Final Stats

The Bisons took a 1-1 game into the sixth, but could not pull out the win, as they were defeated by the Vanderbilt Commodores 8-1 on Tuesday.

In a game that was early on, a pitchers duel, both teams broke through for a run in the fourth inning. After the Commodores struck first with a run against Bisons' starter, Paul Piennette, the Bisons responded using an RBI double by Shane Simpkins to even the score at one.

The Commodores finally broke through in the sixth. With runners on first and second, Bisons head coach Jeff Forehand, lifted Piennette in favor of right-hander, Taylor Merry. Merry recorded the second out of the inning, before giving up a three run homer to Brian Harris to give the Commodores a 4-1 lead. The homerun was the first of Harris's collegiate career.

The Commodores stretched their lead to 6-1 in the seventh, plating two runs, one credited to Bisons' reliever Chris Burnett, and the other to right-hander, Kyle Tognazzini.

The Bisons attempted a rally in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs, but Shane Simpkins struck out, and the Commodores escaped with their 6-1 lead intact.

Vanderbilt added to their lead in the ninth, plating two more runs against Tognazzini to increase their lead to 8-1.

Piennette received the loss to drop his record to 1-1. In 5.1 innings of work, he gave up three runs on six hits while striking out five.

"Paul threw a great game through 5 1\3," Bisons' centerfielder Allen Bolden said. "He was making some great pitches and he gave us a chance to win the game. We just left too many guys on base when we needed some hits. They are a great team and if you don't take advantage of your opportunities you will end up with an outcome like tonight."

With the loss, the Bisons dropped to 20-16 on the season. The Bisons are back in action when they take on USC Upstate in a three game series set to kick off at 6 p.m. on April 18.