More than 370 fans were on hand Saturday at sun-splashed but chilly Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium for the second game in the series. The Bisons won the opener 7-1 Friday night.
“We just got outplayed,” Bisons coach Jeff Forehand said. “We got behind and we haven’t been playing very well from behind. “We didn’t get out of innings when we had opportunities. Canisius got double-digit hits. They played a good game. We have to hold a lead to three or four runs. It is difficult to come back from being eight down. The best thing about it is that we play tomorrow.”
The series ends Sunday afternoon at 1 with Lipscomb sophomore right-hander Davey Hackett getting the start.
Left-hander Alex Ross started for the Bisons and gave up four hits and four runs, three earned in four innings. He walked two and struck out two. Right-hander Matt Bowling started the fifth inning and gave up two hits and two runs, both earned. He walked two and did not strike out a batter. Bowling has been the No. 2 pitcher in the weekend rotation.
“We probably should have gone another inning with Alex,” Forehand said. “We have to get Matt back on track at some point. “Dannie Stable is probably going to be the No. 2 pitcher on weekends. He will probably pitch Tuesday or Wednesday against Youngstown.”
Right-hander Josh Cotham threw 3.2 innings and allowed six hits and six runs, three earned. He walked two and struck out one. Left-hander Chris Nunn closed out the game. He walked a batter and then forced Ian Choy to ground out to first base.
The Bisons had nine hits as Mike Goemans went the distance for Canisius. He struck out and walked two. All four of the runs he gave up were earned.
“We scored early,” Forehand said. “We thought we were going to score on the guy and he ends up throwing a complete game. He just got better.”
The Bisons held a 4-3 lead until the fourth. Canisius scored one run in fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. They added five more in the ninth.
Brett Teschner hit his first home run of the season for the Bisons. Zach Messer hit his first triple of the season. Andrew Nickerson added a double.
Tyler Wilson and Matt Brewer each had two hits for the Bisons. Messer drove in two runs.
“Offensively, I can’t complain,” Forehand said. “Every out was a hard out. We were hitting the ball hard. We hit the ball well enough to win. It just went right to them.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations