Saturday, May 07, 2011
Trailing 5-0 after four innings, the Lipscomb baseball team scored eight unanswered runs to outlast Campbell, 8-5 at Ken Dugan Field on Saturday evening.
The Bisons, winners of the first two games, will attempt to earn its first series sweep of the 2011 season as they look to break out the brooms for Sunday's Noon game. In honor of Mother's Day, tomorrow's admission is free.
The Bisons chipped away at the Camels lead with four runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh, while Mike Grace held the Camels scoreless with six terrific shutout innings to earn the win.
“Mike was tremendous on the mound for us tonight,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “He stopped the bleeding in the fourth and then went six innings of shutout baseball. He was definitely a big part of why we won the game tonight.”
With the six shutout innings, Grace earned his third win of the season. The right-hander struck out two and walked none while facing 24 batters in the six scoreless frames.
The Bisons recorded only three hits through the first four innings off Campbell starter Ryan Koopman before collecting four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth to trim the Cambell lead to 5-4.
Ricky Coleman led off the fifth inning with a walk and then moved to second on M.L. Williams’ fielder’s choice. T.J. Hoelzer singled before Richie Goodenow drew a one-out walk to load the bases for the team’s RBI leader, Josh Chism. Once again, Chism came up clutch for the Bisons, driving a ball to the right-center gap for a one-out, two-RBI double to get the Bisons on the scoreboard. With the Bisons trailing 5-2, Richie Goodenow scored on a wild pitch from Koopman, to make it a 5-3 game.
Two pitches later, Tennyson Dodd brought home Chism with a double of his own to cut the lead to 5-4.
The Bisons started the sixth inning right where they left-off as Ricky Coleman led off the inning with a double to center-field and then later scored on another wild pitch from Koopman, tying the game at five.
With game knotted up at five, Goodenow connected on his fifth home run of the season, a two-out solo bomb that landed in the pond well behind the right-field wall at Ken Dugan Field. Goodenow’s jack was his fifth of the season but more importantly gave the Bisons its first lead of the game (6-5 lead).
“Richie is such a smart hitter,” Forehand said. “He looked for a ball in the spot and he got the barrel on it and it went out of here like a missile.”
Lipscomb added two insurance runs in the seventh to take an 8-5 lead. The Bisons took advantage of a failed pick-off attempt by Camel reliever Logan Self to score an unearned run before Ricky Coleman doubled for the second straight inning, this time scoring Kyle Henry from second base.
Things didn’t start the way the Bisons wanted it to as they found themselves in an early hole trailing by five runs.
The Camels (15-30 overall, 2-21 A-Sun) scored three runs on three hits in the top of the first inning off Lipscomb starter Blake Fonfara.
With the Bisons trailing 3-0, the Camels plated two more runs in the top of the fourth when they took advantage of two hit batters and a walk to extend their lead to 5-0.
Fonfara allowed five runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in three plus innings before being replaced by Grace.
“When you give up three in the first after two quick outs, and they score on walks and hit by pitches, Blake just got in some trouble early,” Forehand said.
“To give up a three run inning after the first two guys get out, he knows that is just not acceptable. He has got to compete his way out of that inning. He will. He gets better every start and he learns something from every start.”
Offensively, the Bisons outhit Campbell 14-8 while each team committed at least two errors for the second straight day.
Lee Wilson, Goodenow, Coleman, Dodd and Henry all had two hits to pace the Bisons Saturday.
The Bisons will look to break out the brooms at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium tomorrow as they wrap up the series with the Camels at Noon Sunday.
“We have been looking to get a sweep all year,” Forehand said. “We have been talking about making the next game more significant.”
“We come back with a quick game again tomorrow with a noon start and see if we can close it out. They are going to be scrapping again. We need to have another good performance on the mound, and I think we will be alright.”
In honor of Mother’s Day, the Lipscomb Athletic Department is offering free admission to Sunday’s game.
Mother’s of the 2011 Bisons Baseball team will throw out the first pitch of the series finale.
For fans that can't attend tomorrow's Mother's Day afternoon tilt, the game will be carried on the Lipscomb Sports Network as well as A-Sun TV.