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Sunday, February 18, 2007
Feb. 18, 2007
The Bisons win streak stretched to five on Sunday, February 18, with a double-header sweep of Chicago State.
Chicago State took a lead for the first time in the series with three runs in the fourth inning of game one.
The Bisons pulled to within one with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Casey Bond led off with a single only to be erased on a groundout by Caleb Joseph. Justin Sanders followed with a single through the right side to put runners on first and second. An error by the Cougars second basemen loaded the bases with one out. After Andrew Kincaid struck out, both runners would score on a wild pitch which resulted in an error by the Cougar's catcher.
Lipscomb pulled ahead the next inning with three more runs. Ben Williams and Joseph recorded RBIs in the inning. Joseph stole home for the third run of the inning.
Four more Bisons' runs crossed the plate in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two run homer from Bond, the Bisons' first homerun of the season.
Left-hander Rex Brothers received the start for the Bisons. In five innings he gave up three runs on three hits while striking out five to earn his first win of the season.
Freshman Taylor Merry closed out the game with two hitless innings to earn his second save of the season, in the Bisons 9-3 victory.
Senior right-hander Matt Schnelly took the mound for the Bisons in game two, an 8-5 win. Schnelly earned the team's first win of the year in Sunday's 5-1 win against Evansville.
The Bisons got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Bond tripled to right center. He would score one batter later, on a sacrifice fly by Joseph.
The Cougars pulled ahead with two runs in the top of the fifth.
Lipscomb tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI sacrifice fly by Branden Cadavid.
However, two errors in the sixth, led to three Cougar' unearned runs and a 5-3 Chicago State lead.
The Bisons regained the lead for good with six runs in the bottom of the inning. The big blow was a three run double off the bat of Kincaid.
Right-hander Brandon McClurg relieved Schnelly to close out the game and earn his first save of the year. In five innings, Schnelly gave up five runs, only one of which was earned. Schnelly recorded the win to bring his record to 2-0. His ERA now stands at an impressive 1.64.
"We made some errors, but we really pulled it together there at the end," Schnelly said. "Errors are going to happen, so you just have to be prepared to step it up and deal with it. After losing the first two games of the season, we have really displayed a lot of improvement as a team. Hopefully we can keep it up, keep working hard, and continue our win streak against Vandy on Wednesday."
The Bisons are back in action against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, February 21.