April 8, 2006
On a day that started out dreary and cold, the Bisons offense could not record the big hit and the defense was at times shaky in a 9-1 game one loss against the Mercer Bears on April 8. But as the day wore on and the sun began to shine through the clouds, the Bisons offense woke up, and their pitching stepped up in a game two 5-3 victory.
Freshman Charles Williams got the game one start for the Bisons. Williams entered the game with a team-leading 1.80 ERA.
The Bears wasted no time getting on the board, plating a run in the first on a throwing error by the Bisons shortstop.
While Mercer's Brantley New held the Bisons scoreless throughout the first six innings, the Bears broke the game open with five runs in the third and another run in the sixth.
The Bisons ended the shutout with a run in the bottom of the sixth on a lead-off home run by Ryan Mitchell. The homer was Mitchell's third of the year.
Although the Bisons recorded ten hits in the game, Mitchell was the only Lipscomb player to cross the plate on their way to a 9-1 defeat.
"I was pretty proud of the way we swung the bats early on," head coach Wynn Fletcher said. "We just never strung anything back to back and they threw a good guy at us in Brantley New. And when you give a guy like that a lead, he will usually hold it."
Right-hander Matt Schnelly received the game two start for the Bisons.
Both starters were locked in a pitcher's duel throughout the first three innings. However, the Bisons finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer by Zac Miller, his team leading fifth. Ryan Price followed with a homerun of his own to give the Bisons a 3-0 lead.
The Bisons added to their lead with two more runs in the fifth. With one out, Nathan Sensing singled through the left side. Ryan Mitchell followed with a single on a hit-and-run to put runners at the corners. After Mitchell stole second, Miller doubled to center to give the Bisons a 5-0 lead.
Schnelly breezed through the first eight innings before running into some trouble in the ninth. He allowed three runs in the inning, before being removed in favor of left-hander Paul Piennette. Piennette pitched 2/3 of an inning and earned his first save of the year.
In 8 1/3 innings, Schnelly gave up three runs on seven hits. He struck out eight. His ERA now stands at 3.67.
"Matt had his stuff today," Fletcher said. "He had all three pitches working, and he was locating. I probably left him in too long. The guys take pride in throwing complete games and I wanted to give him a shot.
"Offensively, we did a lot of good things. We got a couple of guys hot. Mitchell and Miller were really driving the baseball. The weather was a little colder than most of us expected, but you have to show up no matter what. Hopefully tomorrow is our day."