Messer drives in five as Bisons beat Canisius
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Messer drives in five as Bisons beat Canisius
Zach Messer and M.L. Williams each hit a pair of doubles as Lipscomb Bisons beat Canisius 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.

The Bisons won the series over Canisius 2-1. The Bisons are 3-7. Canisius is 7-3..

Messer drove in a game-high and team season-high five runs. Messer and Williams tied for the team season high for doubles in a game. Shawn Mehring also had a double giving the Bisons a team season high for doubles with five.

The Bisons pounded out 12 hits, tying the team season high set against Murray St. Feb. 20. The Bisons set a team season high for total bases with 20. It was the second time in the series the Bisons had six runs batted in.

Lead-off batter Tyler Wilson, Williams and Messer combined for six hits in the top three positions in the order. Wilson hit his first home run of the season.

“It’s is going to make it easier on all of us when everybody starts hitting,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “M.L. came back around this weekend. Messer has started hitting it. He had a chance to have seven RBI.

“If we can get the top of the order on base that is our whole offense. We need to get speed on the base. When we do we can do a lot with it. I look forward to when everyone is clicking on offense. That will help us out of some jams.”

Lee Wilson, batting in the ninth spot, had a pair of hits.

“I couldn’t be anything but pleased with what Lee did,” Forehand said.

Sophomore right-hander Davey Hackett continued to solidify his role as the No. 3 starter in the rotation. He evened his record at 1-1, going seven innings and allowing six hits and four runs, all earned. He walked three and struck out six.

“We’ll take this kind of game from Davey every time,” Forehand said. “If he can come out and give us five or six innings and not give up more than a couple of runs we will be fine. Our offense is starting to come around and hopefully we will score more runs.”

Right-hander Chad Fromm pitched the final two innings and picked up his first save of the season. He gave up three hits and one run. He walked one batter. He had to deal with a bases load situation, but only gave up the one run off of a fielder’s choice.

“Chad is the best we’ve got coming out of the bullpen in that situation,” Forehand said. “We wanted to see if he could finish it up. “That’s what we expect Chad to do. That last pitch was a full count 3-2 breaking pitch. He threw a secondary pitch, but he had confidence in it.”

The Bisons spotted Canisius two runs in the top of the first. They answered with one in the bottom of first with Tyler Wilson’s round-tripper to right field to open the inning.

In the third the Bisons tied the game with Messer bringing home Tyler Wilson from third with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Bisons took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. Williams opened with a double to the left side. Messer doubled through the left side to send Williams home.

The big inning for the Bisons was the sixth. They scored three runs. With bases loaded Messer hit his second double of the day, this one to right field, to clear the bases.

The Bisons would need all of those runs as Canisius scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth.

“We talked Saturday about being able to play from behind,” Forehand said. “They jumped out on us 2-0. We have to play when we are down and weather those opportunities.”

The Bisons are back in action at home Tuesday and Wednesday against Youngstown State. Both games will start at 4.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations