Bisons split double-header; drop series
Friday, May 9, 2008

May 9, 2008

After holding off the Bears' offense in a 4-1 game one victory, the Bisons could not record the big out in game two as they were defeated 14-9 on Friday, May 9,

The Bisons jumped on Mercer' starter, Dan April early in game one, scoring two quick runs in the first. Jorge Gutierrez got Lipscomb started with a single to third. The next batter, Allen Bolden, wasted no time bringing him in, doubling to right center, to give the Bisons the 1-0 lead. Jared Picchiottino brought home another Lipscomb run on a bases loaded walk later in the inning.

Bisons' starter, Brandon McClurg, finally gave up a run to the Bears in the seventh. He was relieved by right-hander, Chris Burnett with one out and two runners on. Burnett proceeded to strike out the next two batters, stranding both runners, to get out of the jam and extend his streak of appearances without allowing an earned run to six.

The Bisons added to their lead with two more runs of their own in the bottom of the inning on a two run double by Shane Simpkins.

Right-hander, Kyle Tognazzini closed out the game to earn his third save of the season. McClurg received the win to improve his record to 6-4. In 6.1 innings of work, he gave up one run on six hits, while striking out three.

In game two, the Bisons found themselves in an early 3-0 hole after the first half inning. However, Blake Bratcher helped pull Lipscomb to within one in the bottom of the inning, driving home two on a double to right center.

The Bisons took the lead in the third. Gutierrez got the scoring started with a solo homerun to lead off the inning. Justin Sanders gave Lipscomb the lead later in the inning with an RBI sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Wilkins singled to left center, driving in two more for a 6-3 Bison lead.

The Bisons added another in the fourth after a run scored when Bolden grounded into a double play.

The Bears pulled a little closer, scoring two more runs against Bisons' starter, Mike Dunn in the fifth to bring the score to 7-5.

Right-hander, Josh Smith came on in relief of Dunn to start the sixth. In five innings, Dunn gave up five runs, four earned, while striking out four.

Smith pitched a scoreless sixth before running into some trouble in the seventh. Burnett relieved Smith with two runners on and no outs. Burnett only recorded one out and allowed both inherited runners to score, prompting Bisons' head coach, Jeff Forehand to call on right-hander, Kyle Tognazzini in relief. Tognazzini induced a big double play to get the Bisons out of the inning without further damage, leaving the score tied 7-7.

The Bisons retook the lead in the bottom of the inning, plating two on RBI singles by Sanders and Shane Simpkins.

The Bears' offense struck again in the eighth, recording seven runs in the inning. Right-hander, Matt Bowling came on in relief of Tognazzini to get the final two outs of the inning. In an inning of work, Tognazzini gave up seven runs, five earned, on four hits.

Tognazzini received the loss to drop his record to 6-1. With the loss, the Bisons dropped to 26-25 on the season and 18-12 in the conference.

The Bisons are back in action when they welcome Austin Peay to Dugan Field for a single game on Tuesday, May 13.