March 1, 2008
After being held to three hits in a game one 5-2 loss, the Bisons offense heated up in game two, as Lipscomb split Saturday's double-header against Belmont.
Left-hander, Rex Brothers received the game one start for the Bisons. He was solid, giving up just five runs, four earned in seven innings of work, but the Bisons offense simply could not get anything going against Bruins' pitching.
The Bruins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before adding three more in the third and another in the fifth, bringing the score to 5-0. The Bisons were finally able to break through in the eighth, on Jorge Gutierrez's two run double. However, it was too little, too late, for the Bisons as they dropped game one 5-2. Brothers received the loss to drop his record to 0-2.
The Bisons had only three hits in the game, two of which belonged to Gutierrez. Ben Williams collected the other hit.
The Bisons turned to right-hander, Josh Smith in game two. After allowing the Bruins to score two runs in the first, Smith settled down, allowing the Bisons to take their first lead of the series in the fourth. In the inning, Caleb Joseph drove in the Bisons first run on an infield single, while Blake Bratcher gave Lipscomb the lead on a three run double.
Two innings later, the Bruins would tie the game with two runs in the sixth, but the Bisons responded in the seventh, using an RBI single by Allen Bolden to retake the lead, 5-4. However, it was a short lived lead, as the Bruins tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the inning, prompting Bisons' head coach Jeff Forehand to call on right-hander Brandon McClurg to relieve Smith. In 6.1 innings, Smith gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits.
The Bisons tied the game at six with another run in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Joseph. After neither team scored in the ninth, the game reached extra innings.
The Bisons struck again in the 11th, scoring six runs against the Bruins bullpen, including another RBI double by Bratcher. The Bruins would add a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Bisons held on to win 12-7.
Lipscomb recorded 17 hits in game two's win. Seven Bisons had a multiple hits, with Joseph and Bolden collecting three and Bratcher, Gutierrez, Jay Moreland, Branden Cadavid, and Justin Sanders recording two each. Bratcher led the Bisons with four RBIs.
McClurg recorded the win to bring his record to 1-0. The Bisons are now 3-3 on the season, and 1-1 in conference play. The series will conclude tomorrow when Lipscomb takes on Belmont in game three at 1 p.m.