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Friday, May 06, 2011Tennyson Dodd’s bases loaded hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the tenth inning gave the Lipscomb Bisons a 4-3 win over Campbell at Ken Dugan Field on Friday. The Bisons took advantage of two walks and a hit batter in the tenth to edge the Camels.
With the win, the Bisons improve to 16-29 overall and 7-15 in the A-Sun while the loss drops Campbell to 15-29 and 2-20 in league play.
“We have lost some close games late in the ballgame this year so it was nice to see us on the other end of it for a change,” head coach Jeff Forehand said.
Lipscomb fell behind 2-0 on Friday as Bison starter Connor Sinclair surrendered a pair of solo home runs, one in the third and one in the fourth before settling down.
Trailing 2-0, the Bisons cut into the Campbell lead with one run on three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lipscomb’s first run of the game came when T.J. Hoelzer tagged from third base on Lee Wilson’s sacrifice fly to center-field. Hoelzer led-off the fourth inning with a single and then advanced to third on back-to-back singles by Josh Chism and Dodd.
With Campbell leading 2-1, the Bisons grabbed its first lead of the game with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth.
Kyle Henry led off the fifth with a double to the gap in left-center and then scored on Ricky Coleman’s double to right-center in the next at-bat, tying the game at two. With one out in the fifth and Coleman on second, Hoelzer ropped a RBI-double of his own down the right-field line, scoring Coleman and giving the Bisons a 3-2 lead.
“It was nice to see us battle back after getting behind 2-0,” Forehand said. “Connor Sinclair gave us a great chance to get back into the game by giving us another solid outing.”
The game remained 3-2 in favor of Lipscomb until the top of the eighth when the Camels took advantage of a costly Bison error to score an unearned run and more importantly tying the game at three.
With the game tied at three, neither team got anything going offensively in their half of the ninth inning, forcing the game to extra innings.
After Bison reliever Richie Goodenow held the Camels scoreless in the ninth and tenth innings the Bisons took advantage of three free passes from the Camels in the bottom half of the tenth.
Hoelzer led off the tenth with a walk and then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. After Goodenow was intentionally walked for the second time in the game, Chism legged out a perfectly executed bunt to load the bases for Tennyson Dodd. Facing a 1-1 count, Dodd was hit by a Jake Smith pitch, scoring Hoelzer from third for the game’s winning run.
The Bisons improved to 2-0 in extra inning games this season. The Bisons are now 5-7 in one-run games in 2011.
Sinclair allowed three runs, two earned on five hits while striking out seven in seven and two-thirds innings to earn the no-decision.
Richie Goodenow (2-6) earned his second win as a Bison, tossing the final two and one-thirds innings of relief.
The Bisons outhit the Camels 11-6 Friday, despite its top two hitters (M.L. Williams and Goodenow) going a combined 0-for-8 with 6 strikeouts.
Henry, Coleman, Hoelzer, Dodd and Chism all recorded two hits in the game.
Lipscomb and Campbell will return to the diamond tomorrow for game two of the three-game series. Saturday’s game will start at 6 p.m. central while Sunday’ game will be at Noon.
In honor of Mother’s Day, admission will be free for everyone on Sunday.
Saturday and Sunday’s action will be carried on the Lipscomb Sports Network as well as A-Sun TV.