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Bisons split double-header, drop series

Saturday, March 31, 2007

March 31, 2007

The Bisons used strong pitching and timely hitting to take game one of the double-header against North Florida but eight walks led to a 14-4 loss in game two on Saturday, March 31.

After falling behind 2-0, the Bisons finally got on the board in the fifth. With one out, Branden Cadavid reached on an infield single before advancing to second on a balk. Shane Simpkins followed with a single to right to pull the Bisons within one.

The Bisons took the lead on Ryan Wilkins' fourth home run of the season, in the sixth. Caleb Joseph reached on an error with two outs, setting up Wilkins' homer, which soared over the left field wall and onto the roof of the batting cage.

The Bisons added to their lead with another run in the seventh. Simpkins reached on an error to lead off the inning. Two outs later, Allen Bolden singled to left, scoring Simpkins, for a 5-2 Bisons lead.

The Bisons would score two more runs in the eighth to bring the score to 7-2, the final. The inning was highlighted by Casey Bond's third home run of the season.

Rex Brothers earned the win to improve his record to 5-1. In eight innings, he gave up just two unearned runs on six hits, while striking out nine.

Right-hander, Charles Williams, threw a scoreless ninth to close out the game.

Casey Bond led the Bisons on offense with two hits and three RBIs. Wilkins contributed two hits and two RBIs in the win.

In game two, the Bisons jumped out to an early 1-0 first inning lead. Ben Williams led off with a single before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bolden.

The Ospreys tied the game in the second, but the Bisons bounced back with another run in the third. Simpkins led off the inning with a double to right center. The next batter, Kevin Gavigan, singled to left, giving the Bisons a 2-1 lead.

However, it was a short-lived lead. The Ospreys scored 13 runs in the fourth inning against three Lipscomb pitchers to take a 14-2 lead.

Bisons' starter, Rob Smithson, gave up seven runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out three.

Right-hander, Taylor Merry, relieved Smithson in the fourth, but could not get out of the inning. In 1/3 of an inning, he gave up six runs on four hits and two walks.

Chris Burnett, relieved Merry to close out the fourth inning. He would remain in the game until Matt Bowling relieved him to start the eighth. In 3.1 innings, Burnett gave up one earned run on three hits while striking out two.

The Bisons got on the board again in the seventh. Jared Picchiottino came in to pinch hit for Donnie Amos and immediately doubled down the left field line. After Bond flied out to center, Picchiottino advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by the catcher, James Belyea.

The Bisons would add another run in the eighth on an RBI double by Sanders to bring the score to 14-4, the final.

The Bisons are back in action when they take on Tennessee-Martin at Dugan field in a game scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Left-hander, Josh Spicer, is scheduled to take the mound for the Bisons. On the season, Spicer is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA. In 9.2 innings, he has given up eight runs, seven earned, on 14 hits while striking out six.