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Belmont defeats Bisons 9-2 in Saturday matchup

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Belmont Bruins defeated the Lipscomb Bisons 9-2 Saturday evening in game two of a three-game series in front of a season-high 843 fans at Ken Dugan Field.

Belmont had eight starters register a hit and five drove in at least a run as the Bruins rebounded from a game one loss to the Bisons on Friday night.

Left-handed sophomore Blake Fonfara received the start for the Bisons pitching four and a third innings giving up five runs on five hits.  Only three runs were earned as his defense committed four errors behind him.

Belmont’s lead-off batter of the game, Dyan Craig, reached on an error by Lipscomb first baseman Tennyson Dodd.  The next batter Derek Hamblen reached on a fielder’s choice.  Hamblen stole second and advanced on a throwing error by catcher Bennett Smith.  Hamblen scored on a sacrifice fly to put Belmont up 1-0.

In the second Belmont’s Greg Brody homered to left field to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Lipscomb scored in the bottom of the third as designated hitter Richie Goodenow singled through the left side scoring Kyle Henry.  

In the fourth Bemont opened with two singles to put runners on first and second.  Judah Akers attempted to bunt the runners over but an error by Fonfara loaded the bases with no outs.  The Bruins scored two runs taking a 4-1 lead on two groundouts that each scored runners.

Belmont tacked on a fifth run in the fifth inning.  Lipscomb’s Ricky Coleman cut the score to 5-2 in the bottom half of the inning scoring on a sacrifice fly by short stop T. J. Hoelzer.

Belmont broke the game wide open in the seventh off Chad Fromm who entered in relief of Fonfara in the fifth inning.  Nate Woods opened the inning with a home run to left field on a 3-1 count.  Belmont hammered out three subsequent singles in the inning as they took the 9-2 advantage.

Fromm pitched two and a third innings of relief giving up four runs, all earned, on four hits.  Gil Rehwinkel closed out the contest for the Bisons pitching two and a third scoreless innings.

Matt Hamann (6-1) picked up the win for the Bruins (24-20, 13-10 A-Sun) while Fonfara (2-3) received the loss for Lipscomb (15-28, 6-14 A-Sun).

The Bisons go for the series win in game three Sunday at 1 p.m.  Lipscomb has not announced its starting pitcher.  Belmont will start right-hander Josh Davis (4-0, 5.62 ERA).

Admission is $5 at Dugan Field.  Children 12 and under are free.  Complete coverage can be heard on the Lipscomb Sports Network.  The game will also be shown on ASun.TV.