Bisons in must win situation against Jacksonville
Thursday, May 18, 2006

May 18, 2006

Box Score

The Lipscomb Bisons baseball team faces two crucial games Friday afternoon in order to keep the hopes of a postseason berth alive.

The Bisons fell 8-1 Thursday night to Jacksonville at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The victory gave Jacksonville sole possession of the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship.

They must win at least one of the games against Jacksonville in the doubleheader. Projected to start in the first game for the Bisons will be Josh Smith with David Ayre throwing in the nightcap.

The first game starts at 1.

The doubleheader closes out the regular season for the Bisons. Celebrating Senior Day will be Ayre, Jeff Baumgartner, David Becker, Tadd Brewer, Bret Burgess, Ryan Carroll, Preston Embrey, Chandler Ganick, Ryan Mitchell, Patrick O'Rourke, Whit Reed, Nathan Sensing and Matt Thomas.

The Bisons and Jacksonville were scoreless until the top of the third. Jacksonville put five runs on the board with a two-RBI single to left center by Anthony Bernazard, an RBI-triple to right center by Pete Clifford and a two-run home run over the right field fence by Thomas LePage.

Jacksonville's Matt Dobbins, who ran his record to a national best 12-0 with the win, threw a perfect game until the sixth inning when Caleb Joseph walked. O'Rourke ended Dobbin's no-hit attempt with a single to center field. The sixth inning also produced the only run for the Bisons as Brewer hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Reed who had reached base on a fielder's choice.

Jacksonville added two more runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Matt Schnelly started on the mound for the Bisons. He pitched eight innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs, all earned. He had a string of 10 straight outs, finishing the game with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Carroll pitched the ninth inning for the Bisons. He gave up two hits and one earned run.

Dobbins threw a complete game. He gave up one hit, one earned run, walked two and struck out three.

Prior to the start of the game, Lipscomb President Randolph Lowry III presented degrees to three Bisons baseball player who had missed graduation due to a baseball trip. Receiving their degrees were Ayre, Embrey and Sensing.

The Bisons are 22-30, 11-17 in the conference. Jacksonville is 39-15, 21-7 in the A-Sun.