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Bisons lose 9-5 in game one of A-Sun doubleheader at Upstate

Saturday, April 19, 2008

April 19, 2008

Game One

The Lipscomb Bisons baseball team opened with a 9-5 loss Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader with USC Upstate at Harley Park in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Bisons scored two runs in the second and two runs in the seventh for a 4-1 lead over USC Upstate. But Upstate responded with an eight-run eighth inning to rally for the win. The Bisons added one run in the top of the ninth.

Center fielder Allen Bolden led the Bisons 10-hit attack with three hits and three runs batted in. One of his hits was a triple, his first of the year. He was the only Bisons player with more than one hit in the game.

Shortstop Jorge Gutierrez slammed his 12th double of the season. First baseman Ryan Wilkins added his seventh double.

The Bisons used three pitchers. Brandon McClurg started and pitched seven innings. He was lifted in the eighth after allowing 10 hits and six runs, five earned.

Kyle Tognazzini came on in relief for the second game in a row. Friday night he earned the win over Upstate, but this time around he lasted for one-third of an inning. He faced four batters and gave up four hits and three runs, all earned. Charles Williams closed out the game, holding Upstate hitless while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.

McClurg took the loss, falling to 5-2 on the season. Phillip Myers won the game in relief for Upstate, evening his record at 1-1.

The Bisons are 21-17 overall, 15-8 in the conference. Upstate is 19-21, 12-11 in the A-Sun.

Game two was scheduled for approximately 3 p.m.