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Bisons lose two in doubleheader with Purdue

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sometimes it’s your day and sometimes it isn’t.

A chilly, overcast Sunday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium was definitely not the day for the Lipscomb Bisons who lost 10-3 and 10-6 as Purdue swept the doubleheader and the three-game series with the Bisons.

“We had a down day and they took advantage of it,” Bisons’ coach Jeff Forehand said. “We gave up 20 runs and got beat twice because we didn’t play well.

“They are a good team and we have to learn from it. We have to have a short memory about a bad day. Unfortunately, there were 18 innings in this day.”

The Bisons made a combined nine errors with six in the first and three in the second game.

“We had too many mistakes,” Forehand said. “Not only did we make mistakes but we had some other plays that don’t show up in the scorebook where we gave them some extra bases like misplaying a fly ball.

“Those things happen when things aren’t going your way. You don’t get the bounces. You don’t get the close calls behind the plate.”

Purdue combined for 23 hits with 11 in game one and 12 in game two. The Bisons coaching staff got a long look at the bullpen with 12 different pitchers taking the mound with six in each game.

In game two the Bisons spotted Purdue one run in the first inning and four in the second. In the second game they were down 8-0 before scoring four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. They would add one more in the ninth off of a one-out home run to right field by Lee Wilson. But Purdue also added solo runs in the seventh and eighth.

“There are going to be errors in the game, but it was different against Purdue,” Forehand said. “They had control of both games the whole day.

“We were pressed on every play and they weren’t. It started out in the first inning of the first game. We get two outs and then there is a squibber that goes up the middle under the pitcher’s glove. They steal a base and then hit another single and we go down 1-0.”

M.L. Williams led the Bisons with a combined four hits, three in game two. Wilson had three hits for the day with three runs batted in. All of his hits were for extra bases including a double in each game.

Right-hander Dannie Strable lost his first game in three decisions this season. He lasted only 3.2 innings. He gave up seven hits and seven runs, five earned. He struck out three and walked two.

The Bisons collected 15 hits, with 10 in game two.

The Bisons fell to 6-6. Purdue is 8-2.

Purdue 10, Bisons 3

The Bisons committed six errors, four of them in a five-run fourth inning for Purdue, in the 10-3 loss in game one.

Lipscomb right-hander Connor Sinclair entered the game with the chance to break the school record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched. But he quickly missed that chance when he gave up a pair of two-out singles in the first inning to give Purdue its first run of the game.

Purdue added another run in the second, five in the error-plagued fourth inning, one in the sixth and two more in the ninth.

The Bisons scored all of their runs in the sixth inning. T.J. Hoelzer scored on a wild pitch. Richie Goodenow hit a sacrifice fly to left to score M.L. Williams. Wilson scored on a passed ball.

Six Lipscomb pitchers were used in the game. Sinclair, 1-1, gave up eight hits and seven runs, only three earned, in four innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Right-hander Chris Orphanos pitched the final two-thirds of an inning in the game. He scattered three hits and gave up one run.

Davey Hackett, a right-hander who has been sidelined this season with an injury, made his debut in relief. He pitched 1.1 innings. He did not give up a hit or a run and struck out two batters.

“Hackett looked good,” Forehand said. “We would like to have him face two or three batters on Wednesday.”

The Bisons connected for five hits with Wilson and Brett Teschner each slamming a double.

Wednesday afternoon at 4 Morehead State is scheduled to visit for a single game.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.