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Sanders gets season-high five hits as Bisons fall 14-7 at ETSU
Channing Brown
Channing Brown

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Lipscomb Bisons didn’t get the series sweep but they won their third consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference series after losing 14-7 at ETSU Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Park in Johnson City.

The Bisons had won two games Friday night as they earned the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

In the final game of the regular season the Bisons continued their hot hitting, but managed only seven runs on 14 hits. ETSU answered with 13 hits. The Bisons were also plagued by four errors.

Senior right-hander Charles Williams (1-7) made his first start of the season in an Atlantic Sun series. He pitched five innings and allowed five hits and eight runs, only one earned. He also walked three and struck out three. Freshman right-hander Davey Hackett pitched one inning and gave only one hit. Senior reliever Kyle Tognazzini closed out the game. In two innings he scattered seven hits and gave up six runs, all earned. He walked one and struck out three.

The Bisons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Andrew Nickerson hit a double to center field to open the inning. Chandler Wicks followed with a single to center that scored Nickerson. Allen Bolden hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring Wicks home.

ETSU answered with seven runs in the third inning and one in the fourth.

The Bisons came back with four in the sixth. Wicks and Clay Lehning both walked to start the inning. Channing Brown drove in Wicks with a single to left. With one out Bolden hit a single to right field to score Lehning. Branden Cadavid singled up the middle to plate Brown. Justin Sanders singled through the right side to score Bolden.

In the eighth the Bisons added one more run when Sanders singled to right field. He brought in Bolden who had reached based on a fielding error by the second baseman.

ETSU, which had four home runs in the game, finished the game strong offensively with four runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Sanders led with a game-high five hits which was also a season-high for the Bisons. Cadavid and Brown added three hits each. It was the first multi-hit game of the season for Brown.

The Bisons are 23-31, 17-13 in the A-Sun. ETSU is 24-27, 10-20 in the conference.