April 3, 2008
The Bisons could not hold off a late inning Skyhawk rally, as they were defeated 9-8 by UT-Martin in extra innings on Wednesday, April 2.
The Skyhawks took the early lead against Bisons' starter, Josh Smith, plating two in the first. However, Smith settled down from there, posting zeroes in his next six innings of work.
After being kept off the board in the first two innings, the Bisons offense finally got going in the third, plating three runs to take a 3-2 lead. With two outs, Joseph drilled his eighth homer of the season to left for the Bisons first run. Two batters, later, Justin Sanders followed up Blake Bratcher's walk with an RBI double to knot the game at two. It would not stay tied for long, as Channing Brown, drove in Sanders on a single to left, giving the Bisons the 3-2 lead.
The Bisons struck again in the fifth, plating a run on an RBI groundout by Bratcher, and another on Sander's third home run of the season.
The scoring continued in the sixth. Branden Cadavid scored on a passed ball for the first run of the inning. After Joseph walked, Bratcher drove in his second and third runs of the game on a double to left center to give the Bisons an 8-2 lead.
Smith lasted seven innings, giving up just two runs on four hits while striking out seven. He was relieved by Sean Szymanski to start the eighth. Szymanski faced four batters without recording an out, prompting head coach Jeff Forehand to call on Taylor Merry. However, the Skyhawks offense did not slow down. Szymanksi was charged with four runs on two hits in the appearance. Merry recorded one out, allowing two runs on one hit. He was relieved by Kyle Tognazzini, who struck out the first batter he faced before allowing a two-run single, both runners of which were charged to Merry. The Skyhawks scored six runs on four hits in the inning to tie the game at eight.
The Bisons failed to score in the ninth, and after reliever Chris Burnett shut out the Skyhawks in the bottom of the inning, the game moved on to extra innings.
After the Bisons failed to score in the tenth, the Skyhawks plated a run in the bottom of the inning against Burnett, to take the 9-8 victory.
Burnett received the loss to drop his record to 1-1.With the loss, the Bisons are now 15-12 on the season. The Bisons are back in action when they travel to Deland, Florida, to take on Stetson in a three-game series, with the first set to kick off at 6 p.m. Friday.