April 15, 2006
BUIES CREEK, N.C. _ The Bisons split a road Atlantic Sun doubleheader Friday night at Campbell University, winning game one 11-8 and losing game two 7-4 at Taylor Field.
The Bisons pounded out 13 hits and used solid relief work on the way to an 11-8 win.
Campbell took the lead in the first inning when Lipscomb starting pitcher Paul Piennette gave up a solo home run.
The Bisons answered with three runs in the second inning. Zac Miller led off with a walk. Patrick O'Rourke singled up the middle with one out. Branden Cadavid singled through the right side scoring Miller.
Cadavid advances to second on the throw and O'Rourke who had moved to third on the single also scored on the throw. Allen Bolden singled up the middle to score Cadavid.
Campbell scored another single run in the third.
In the fifth the Bisons added three more runs. Nathan Sensing led off with a single through the right side of the infield. Ryan Mitchell walked. Mitchell and Sensing both advanced on a double steal. Miller was intentionally walked to load the bases.
In the bottom of the fifth Campbell added another run. In the sixth Campbell stuck for five runs, taking an 8-6 lead.
The Bisons weren't through at that point. In the seventh they came back with four runs to take a 10-8 lead.
Mitchell singled through the left side to start the inning. Tadd Brewer singled to left field. Miller loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Jeff Baumgartner doubled to left center driving home Mitchell, Brewer and Miller.
Price singled to third base moving Baumgartner to third. O'Rourke grounded into a double play, but Baumgartner was able to score on the play.
In the eighth the Bisons added an insurance run. Sensing singled through the left side to lead off, moving to second on an error by the left fielder. Mitchell moved Sensing to third with a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. Brewer doubled to left center to bring home Sensing.
Campbell out-hit the Bisons 16-to-13. Paul Piennette started for the Bisons, allowing 11 hits and eight runs, seven earned, in 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out 1.
Charles Williams, who picked up the win to even his record at 2-2, threw two-thirds of an inning. He gave up two hits and walked one. Ryan Carroll picked up his first save of the season as he shut down Campbell in the final three innings on a three hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
Sensing, Brewer, Price and Cadavid all had two hits for the Bisons in game one.
In game two both pitchers threw complete games. Matt Schnelly, 3-4, gave up 14 hits and seven runs, all earned in his second complete game of the season. He struck out five and walked one.
Chris England was on the mound for Campbell giving up nine hits and four runs, all earned. He struck out eight and walked three.
The Bisons scored a run in the first inning as Mitchell slammed a one-out solo home run to right center, his fifth of the year.
Campbell came back and scored three runs in both the first and second innings.
In the fifth the Bisons came back to score a pair of runs. O'Rourke was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After the next two batters made outs O'Rourke stole second. Sensing tripled to right center to score O'Rourke. Mitchell then singled through the right side scoring Sensing.
Campbell scored a solo run in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead.
The Bisons came back and scored one run in the top of the ninth, but the rally fell short.
With one out O'Rourke walked. He moved to second on a ground out to first base by Sanders who was pinch-hitting for Cadavid. Price then came in to pinch-hit for Bolden and singled down the left field line scoring O'Rourke.
The series closes out this afternoon.