May 13, 2008
The Bisons got plenty of offense on Tuesday, plating a run in each of the first six innings to defeat Austin Peay 7-2 in their final home game.
The Bisons wasted no time getting on the board, plating two in the first inning. Bratcher drove in the first run of the game on a single to center, while Justin Sanders brought the second run home on a fielder's choice.
Jared Picchiottino gave the Bisons a 3-0 lead in the second on a solo homerun to lead off the inning.
The Governors broke through against Bisons' starter, Paul Piennette in the third, plating a run to bring the score to 3-1.
The Bisons got the run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Sanders.
After the Governors responded with another run in the fourth, the Bisons scored another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Gutierrez.
Bratcher increased the Bisons lead with an RBI single in the fifth, and Allen Bolden made the score 7-2 with an RBI double in the sixth.
Bratcher led the Bisons on offense, going 3-4 with two RBIs.
"We were looking for this game to propel us into the weekend, and hopefully go down there, take care of business and lock up the one seed," Bisons' centerfielder Blake Bratcher said.
"One of our main points before the game was to keep pressure on them, to score every inning, and we pretty much did that. We were looking for this game to get the bats going a little bit to take us into the weekend and on into the tournament."
Piennette earned the win to improve to 2-3 on the season. With the win, the Bisons improved to 27-25.
"Paul pitched an unbelievable game, didn't throw many balls, worked fast, and got into a good rhythm, and that's all the defense can ask for," Bratcher said.
The Bisons will return to action when they travel to Buies Creek, NC, to take on conference foe, Campbell University in a three game series on May 15-16.