April 4, 2006
The Bisons put themselves in a hole early against Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday, April 4, before falling by a final of 12-7. The Blue Raiders used a six-run third to chase Bisons' starter Shane Toole and blow the game open.
The start was Toole's first of his collegiate career. He came into the game with a record of 1-0. In 2/3 of an inning, he had given up five earned runs on three hits.
The Blue Raiders wasted no time getting on the board using an RBI single from Adam Warren to take a 1-0 lead.
The Bisons struck back in the bottom of the inning. Nathan Sensing led off with a single to left, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ryan Mitchell followed with a walk. One out later, Zac Miller doubled in Sensing to knot the game at one. The Bisons added another run on a sacrifice fly by Justin Sanders, giving them a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short-lived, however. The Blue Raiders plated two more runs of their own in the top of the second to give themselves a lead they would never relinquish.
Toole pitched into the third inning when he was pulled in favor of Robby Smithson. In two innings, Toole gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits. He struck out two.
After the fifth inning, the Lipscomb pitching staff settled down to hold Middle Tennessee scoreless throughout the remainder of the game. Ryan Carroll and Paul Piennette threw two scoreless innings each, and Chandler Ganick added a scoreless ninth.
The Bisons return to action on April 7, when they take on Mercer at Ken Dugan Field beginning at 6 p.m.
Written by Krissy Wade