April 7, 2007
The Bisons split a double-header against Mercer University on Saturday, April 7, using strong pitching to win game one 7-2, before falling 5-4 in game two.
In game one, the Bisons used a four-run third to jump out to an early 4-0 lead. With one out, Kevin Gavigan doubled down the left field line. Ben Williams reached on an error to put runners on first and second for Allen Bolden who came through with an RBI single to center. Caleb Joseph followed with an RBI double, driving in Williams for the Bisons second run of the game. The next batter, Ryan Wilkins, singled to left, plating Bolden and Joseph to complete the scoring in the inning.
The Bears scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to pull within two, but a three run Bisons' eighth completed the game's scoring, giving the Bisons their third consecutive victory.
Left-hander, Rex Brothers, earned the win to improve to 6-1 on the season. In eight innings, he gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits, while striking out 11.
Chris Burnett threw a scoreless ninth to close out the game.
Right-hander Taylor Merry, made his first start of the season in game two. After falling behind 1-0 after an inning, the Bisons bounced back with a run of their own in the second on an RBI single by Shane Simpkins.
The Bears pulled back ahead with two in the bottom of the inning and another run in the third for a 4-1 lead.
The Bisons began their comeback with two of their own in the fifth. Simpkins led off the innings with a triple to center. After Nickerson grounded out to the pitcher, Williams singled through the left side to bring the Bisons' within two. After Williams stole second, he advanced to third on a balk. Bolden followed with a single to second, scoring Williams to bring the score to 4-3.
Nickerson tied the game with a lead-off homer in the seventh, his first of the season.
However, the Bears got to Charles Williams, who had relieved Merry with two outs in the sixth, using a walk-off single in the ninth to win the game.
Williams recorded the loss to drop his record to 1-3.
The Bisons' are back in action when they return to Dugan Field to take on Tennessee Tech on Tuesday, April 10, in a game that is set to kick off at 6 p.m.