Saturday afternoon here at sun splashed Stillwell Stadium the Bisons out-hit Kennesaw State 10-7 and did not make an error, but lost 2-0 in game two of the three-game Atlantic Sun series.
Eight of the Bisons hits were produced after two outs.
“Quiet hits are not allowing us to score runs,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “We got opportunities with runners in scoring position today and Friday to have louder at bats.
“We gave up two runs and got 10 hits. We have to get some good fortune and we haven’t gotten it right now. It will come.”
In the second inning Sean McClurken led off the inning for Kennesaw State with a double that went to the warning track in right field. Aaron Dobbs followed with a ground ball single to right field that moved McClurken to third. Lipscomb pitcher Connor Sinclair threw a wild pitch that allowed McClurken to score.
“The windows are small,” Forehand said. “That was one of their small windows.”
The Bisons threatened in the fifth when Josh Chism slammed a triple to deep left center field with two outs. Chism, who also had a stolen base in the third inning, slid in under the throw for the triple. Richie Goodenow grounded out to second to end the inning.
In the seventh Drew Fowlkes led with a double into the right field corner. Fowlkes moved to third on a sacrifice bunt.
Sinclair was replaced by left-hander Gil Rehwinkel. The first hitter Rehwinkel faced was Bucky Smith who greeted him with a single up the middle to drive in the second run of the game. Rehwinkel walked Will Howard and was replaced by right-hander Chad Fromm.
Fromm walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. Fromm then struck out McClurken on a called third strike. He also stopped Aaron Dobbs on a strikeout.
In the eighth with two outs Goodenow and Tennyson Dodd reached base with back-to-back singles. Lee Wilson ended the inning with a fly out to center.
Shawn Mehring, pinch-hitting for Brett Teschner in the ninth, led off with an infield hit to the shortstop. Coleman went down swinging as the 10th strikeout for Kennesaw State pitcher Bryan Blough. Kyle Henry hit into a fielder’s choice as Mehring was put out at second. Hoelzer kept the Bisons alive with a single to left field that sent Coleman to second.
Blough, one out short of a complete game shutout, was replaced by right-hander J.B. Johnson. Blough gave up 10 hits to the Bisons.
M.L. Williams, 0-for-4, went to the plate with runners at first and second and two outs. Williams hit the first pitch from Johnson to the shortstop who tagged second for the final out of the inning and the game.
Right fielder Lee Wilson was sporting a large red abrasion on his face. In the first inning he made the catch for the final out, but slammed into the wall. He was helped off the ground after a couple of minutes and finished the game.
“What a great play,” Forehand said. “He ended up bumping the side of his face and eye in the wall. That was a game-changing play. We just have to make more big plays and make bigger plays than the other team.”
Dodd led the Bisons with three hits, all singles. Goodenow and Chism each added two hits. Chism’s triple, his second of the season, was the only extra base hit for the Bisons.
Sinclair, 1-3, scattered six hits and struck out three.
“We have to keep getting consistency from Connor,” Forehand said. “He pitched great. We just haven’t put any runs up for him. That’s our fault.”
The series closes out Sunday at noon. Right-hander Dannie Strable, 2-2, 3.86, will start for the Bisons. Left-hander Zac Griffith, 3-1, 5.57, will be on the mound for Kennesaw State.
The Bisons are 7-12, 0-2 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State is13-8, 6-2 in the conference.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.