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Wilson has five hits, but Bisons fall to Murray St.
Corey Hale
Corey Hale

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lipscomb Bisons coach Jeff Forehand has a simple plan for salvaging a win in the season-opening series with Murray State.

“We have to score more runs than they do Sunday,” Forehand said.

The Bisons lost 16-6 to Murray State Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The Bisons opened the season Friday night with Murray State, dropping an 8-7 decision.

Sophomore right-hander Davey Hackett is starting Sunday’s game for the Bisons at 1.

“Hopefully, Hackett will have a good day,” Forehand said.

Forehand saw little to be pleased with in the loss.

I don’t think there are many positives,” Forehand said. “They pitched better and hit better. They got timely hits and we didn’t do it. “I think they just totally outplayed us today. Hopefully, we will have some motivation so we won’t be outplayed Sunday.”

In Saturday’s game the Bisons spotted Murray State a 9-0 lead with two runs in the first, four in the second, one in the third and two in fourth. Murray State added another run in the fifth, one in the eighth and five in the ninth to ice the game.

The Bisons answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and added another run in the fifth. They scored three runs in the ninth inning.

Senior right-hander Matt Bowling started for the Bisons. He pitched two innings and gave up four hits and six runs, all earned.

Sophomore right-hander Dannie Strable, a juco transfer who is expected to be either a long reliever or possible starter, threw six innings. He allowed 10 hits and five runs, three earned. He struck out six and walked three.

Freshman left-hander Chris Nunn pitched one-third of an inning. He gave up four hits and five runs, all earned. Freshman left-hander Blake Fonfara closed out the game. He walked three in two-thirds of an inning, but he did not give up a run or a hit.

“Anytime new guys get here they have to get their feet wet,” Forehand said as three of the four pitchers used in the game are new members of the team. “They did that today. You also want to win the game at the same time. Hopefully, they can learn from this and be ready for the next time.”

Senior center fielder Tyler Wilson led the Bisons with a game-high five hits. He also stole two bases.

“Tyler had three bunt hits,” Forehand said. “He had a pretty good game. Hopefully, he can continue to do that. Maybe he will spark those batting behind him.”

Third baseman Cory Hale had two hits for the Bisons. He has multiple hits in his first two games. One of those hits was a double. Also hitting a double for the Bisons was right fielder Antonio Butler. The Bisons finished with 12 hits.

“Our hitting is going to come around,” Forehand said. “The offense is going to be there.”

Third baseman Colton Moore led Murray State with four hits. He was one of seven Murray State players with two or more hits as they pounded out 18 for the game.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations. Student assistant Katie Haab contributed to the story.