May 6, 2008
The Bisons got back on the winning track on Tuesday, using solid pitching and timely hitting to take a 4-2 win against Samford.
Justin Sanders got the Bisons on the board in the second, drilling a solo homerun to right center.
The Bulldogs tied the score against Bisons' starter, Paul Piennette in the fourth inning before taking the lead with another run in the fifth.
However, the Bisons tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI sacrifice fly by Allen Bolden.
Right-hander, Matt Bowling relieved Piennette in the sixth. In five innings, Piennette gave up two runs on seven hits.
The Bisons retook the lead in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Jay Moreland. They added to their lead in the following inning, when Sanders drove in his second run of the game on a single to right to bring the score to 4-2.
Right-hander Chris Burnett earned the win in relief to improve to 2-1. Perhaps his most impressive moment came when he entered the game in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Burnett escaped the jam by recording a big strikeout, before educing a groundout to end the inning.
"It was a big situation," Burnett said. "The coaches had me practice that in scrimmage games before the season started so I would be ready for that situation and it worked out this time."
With the win, the Bisons improved to 25-23 on the season. They will be back in action when the Bisons take on Mercer in a three game conference series this weekend.
"It was a big win, after the weekend with Winthrop where we hit some rough spots," Burnett said. So it was good to come out and get the win today to gain momentum going into the conference series with Mercer."