Piennette Throws Seven Scoreless Innings As Bisons Win
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

Box Score

The Bisons recorded their third consecutive win as they beat Tennessee Tech 4-1 on Tuesday, February 27.

Shane Simpkins got the Bisons offense going in the first with an RBI single to left, scoring Caleb Joseph for the first run of the game.

Lipscomb would not score again until the eighth inning. Meanwhile, the Bisons' starter, left-hander Paul Piennette, was impressive allowing only five hits and no runs in seven innings of work. He struck out four.

In the eighth, Branden Cadavid led off with a double to left center. After Ben Williams moved him to third on a bunt, Kevin Gavigan singled to bring home the second run of the game. Casey Bond was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Allen Bolden followed with a bunt single to load the bases for Joseph, who singled up the middle to give the Bisons a 4-0 lead.

Tennessee Tech would get one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning off of Matt Bowling, but it was too little too late.

Right-hander Charles Williams pitched the final two innings for Lipscomb, without allowing a hit, while striking out two.

Piennette earned the win to bring his record to 1-1.

"It is easy to win a game when both the pitching dominates and we get timely hits," Gavigan said. "We have a lot of confidence in our pitching staff right now."

With the win, the Bisons improve to 8-4 on the season.

The Bisons are back in action tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28, when they take on Middle Tennessee State at Dugan Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Right-hander Rob Smithson is scheduled to make the start for the Bisons. In 13 innings this season he has yet to give up an earned run. He has given up just eight hits while striking out a team-high 18. Opponents are batting just .163 against him.

"We have won three games in a row, and a win against MTSU would be a great confidence booster as we head into an exciting series against LSU this weekend," Gavigan said.