They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and added two more in the second and never gave Morehead State a chance to get back in the game Wednesday night. The Bisons prevailed 12-2 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium to raise their record to 7-6. Morehead State, an Ohio Valley Conference team, fell to 1-12.
A five-run fourth inning sealed the deal for the Bisons who pounded out six hits. They added three more runs in the fifth.
The Bisons connected for 18 hits, a season-high, with 11 off of Morehead State starter Josh Schneider who lasted 3.1 innings.
“It seems like everything was clicking from the beginning,” Bisons’ coach Jeff Forehand said. “We tried to make some adjustments from Sunday’s games with Purdue where we fell behind for 18 innings and felt like we were always clawing back.
“It was good to get out on top and keep stretching it. This was a good confidence builder for us. We played well on Friday night against Purdue, but we didn’t want the taste of Sunday’s games to be in our mouths very long.”
Left fielder M.L. Williams led the way offensively for the Bisons with four hits in five trips to the plate.
“I have been working on my focus this year,” Williams said. “I am watching the pitch selection and things like that. I am watching a lot of video of my hitting and that has helped.”
Three of the hits for Williams, the lead-off hitter for the Bisons, were doubles.
“That is what M.L. is capable of doing,” Forehand said. “He is that kind of sparkplug at the top of the order. He had four great at bats.”
Designated hitter Richie Goodenow added three hits, including one double.
Second baseman Kyle Henry’s two hits were both doubles.
The big hit of the night was a triple to left by third baseman Josh Chism to drive in three of the five runs in the fourth inning. Also slamming a triple was catcher Matt Brewer with one out in the second inning.
Left-hander Chris Nunn picked up his first win of the season for the Bisons. He scattered three hits in five scoreless innings. He struck out four, but also walked four.
“Chris probably could have kept going, but we wanted him to be fresh for the weekend,” Forehand said. “We will use him again on Saturday or Sunday.
“He still needs to cut down on his walks. He still has to be able to command the zone better than he did in this game. He has to get better and better every time out. The sky is the limit for him.”
Right-handers Josh Cotham and Davey Hackett were followed by left-hander Ben Johnson and right-hander Chad Fromm in relief.
Hackett, making his second appearance as he makes a comeback from an injury, gave up three hits and two runs, both earned. He also struck out one hitter.
“We wanted to let Hackett get some work,” Forehand said. “We felt like it would be a little less taxing for him with the game not on the line.”
The Bisons are back in action this weekend as they head to Oxford, Miss., to take on the Ole Miss Rebels from the Southeastern Conference. Game time Friday is 6:30 p.m. The games Saturday and Sunday are each scheduled for 1:30. It will be only the second time this season the Bisons have played on the road.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.