Like heavyweight boxing matches the winner is the one that hits the most and hits the hardest. On a perfect baseball Tuesday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium the Bisons pounded out 13 hits but lost to Tennessee Tech 15-14. Tech’s Golden Eagles finished with 18 hits.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth the Bisons made one last run at the lead when Cory Hale blasted a grand slam home run. Zach Messer struck out swinging to end the game.
The win ended a six-game losing streak overall for Tennessee Tech. It also stopped the Bisons winning overall winning streak at three games. In addition, the Bisons win streak over Tennessee Tech ended at five games. This was the first time the two teams have played each other since the 2007 season.
Wednesday afternoon at 6 the Bisons travel to Cookeville for a rematch. The Bisons are 10-19. Tennessee Tech is 12-17. Right-hander Matt Bowling, 0-3, 17.00 earned run average, will make his third start and 10th appearance of the season.
The Bisons jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Tennessee Tech answered with six runs in the third.
The Bisons scored two in the fourth and four in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead.
It was short-lived as Tennessee Tech scored five runs in the sixth inning. The Bisons rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within one at 11-10.
However, Tennessee Tech scored four in the eighth.
Center fielder Tyler Wilson led the Bisons with three hits, including two doubles. He leads the Bisons in multi-hit games with 13.
Also in double figures in hitting for the Bisons were catcher Matt Brewer and left fielder M.L. Williams with two apiece.
The Bisons sent four pitchers to the mound. Left-hander Blake Fonfara started. He lasted 2.1 innings. He gave up five hits and four runs, all earned. He recorded one strikeout.
Right-hander Dannie Strable threw 2.2 innings. He allowed four hits and two runs, both earned.
Left-hander Alex Ross was next. He was on the mound for 1.2 innings. He scattered four hits and gave up five runs, all earned. He struck out three. He was credited with the loss, dropping his record to 1-3.
Right-hander Chad Fromm closed out the game. In 2.1 innings he gave up five hits and four unearned runs. He struck out two.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.