May 23, 2008
DELAND, Fla. _ The Lipscomb Bisons continued their hot hitting and stayed alive in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
The Bisons (30-28) eliminated host Stetson (26-33), the No. 5-seed, 12-4 Friday afternoon at here at Melching Field at Conrad Park. The Bisons, weather permitting, will be back in action Friday night at 6 CST against No. 4-seed Gardner-Webb (28-28), the only undefeated team in the tournament.
The Bisons opened the game with two runs in the first inning, all scored with two outs. Catcher Caleb Joseph got things started with a ground ball single to left field. He then stole second base.
Stetson responded in the bottom of the inning with an opening double to the left field corner by Sean Emory. He scored on a single to right by Jeremy Cruz.
In the third the Bisons added three runs. Joseph led off with a single to right. He stole second for the second time in the game. Sanders walked and Simpkins loaded the bases with a picture perfect bunt in front of the plate.
First baseman Ryan Wilkins hit a ground ball to third that forced Simpkins at second. Joseph scored on the fielder's choice.
Third baseman Branden Cadavid doubled into right field scoring Sanders and Wilkins.
Stetson cut the lead to two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Aaron Crittenden singled and Robert Crews followed with a two-run home run to left field.
The Bisons struck for three runs in the fifth inning. Simpkins singled up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch. Wilkins walked. Second baseman Ben Williams slammed a line drive past the shortstop and into left center to score Simpkins.
Center fielder Allen Bolden fouled several pitches down the right side of the field, but finally hit a fly ball that dropped into left field for single. Wilkins and Williams scored on the play.
In the sixth the Bisons added three more runs. Simpkins opened with a single to center. Williams followed with a line drive to center field. Shortstop Jorge Gutierrez singled to left field to score Simpkins. Williams also scored on the play as Stetson left fielder Justin Bass struggled to control the ball.
Gutierrez scored when Bolden hit a grounder that was misplayed by first baseman Jeremy Cruz.
Stetson added a run in the sixth when Crews, who opened the inning with double, scored on an infield play.
The Bisons added one more run in the eighth when Bolden doubled to right to score Cadavid who had reached base on a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Ben Williams.
Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand kept his regular season starting rotation intact sending Mike Dunn to the mound. He left the game in the fifth inning with no outs and two runners on base. Dunn gave up three runs, all earned, on seven hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Charles Williams, who pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in the opening game of the tournament against Campbell, relieved and forced double play and a ground out to end the inning without a run being scored.
Williams pitched the final five innings to pick up the win, his third of the season against no losses. He scattered three hits and allowed one run which was earned.
Simpkins led the Bisons with four hits. Bolden added three, including his 21st double of the season and a game-high three RBI. Cadavid also finished with three hits, including his sixth double.
Joseph and Ben Williams each chipped in with two hits as the Bisons finished with 16.