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Smithson Solid in Bisons' 4-3 Victory

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

March 15, 2006

Box Score

Strong pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting led to the Bisons eighth win of the season on Wednesday, March 15, a 4-3 victory against the Skyhawks. The win was the Bisons second in a row and evened the team's record at 8-8.

Robby Smithson got the start for the Bisons, his second of the year. In Smithson's last start against Samford, he pitched 6.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits in the Bisons' 7-1 win.

The Skyhawks struck first in the top of the first on an RBI double by Zach Dean and an RBI fielder's choice by Kevin Holt.

Tennessee-Martin added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by Chad Green.

But one big inning was all the Bisons would need. Lipscomb used a four run sixth to take the lead and the win.

With one out, Zac Miller hit a home run to right to put the Bisons on the board. One out later, Justin Sanders singled to left. Whit Reed followed with a single to right. Allen Bolden hit Lipscomb's third consecutive single to load the bases with two outs. Brewer responded with a bases clearing double to give the Bisons a 4-3 lead.

Smithson pitched 6.2 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits. He struck out four. The win improved his record to a team best 3-0.

"Robby definitely kept us in the game today," Smithson's catcher, Caleb Joseph said. "He hit his spots and his slider was definitely on. It was his out pitch and he got a couple of guys to strike out in critical situations with it.

"The main thing was that he was able to get out of a big jam with runners on second and third in the sixth and really kept us in the game. Robby gave us a chance and let his relievers finish it out for him."

Charles Williams closed out the game for the Bisons to earn his second save of the year.

"It was a great mid-week game to win going into the series with Belmont this weekend," Joseph said. "Everyone knows about the big rivalry with Belmont and this win will serve as a good confidence builder for us."

The Bisons take the field again on March 17, when they take on the Belmont Bruins at 3 p.m.