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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Feb. 28, 2006
It was a game that was never out of reach and one which just barely eluded a very determined Bisons team. Two days after dominant pitching and outstanding defense led the way, shaky pitching and poor defense cost the Bisons the victory.
For the Bisons on Tuesday February 28, the end was in sight and the opportunities were there, but a powerful lineup could not win the game alone. Tennessee Tech used two three run innings to take the lead and leave the Bisons with a 7-6 loss.
Senior right hander Chandler Ganick got the start for the Bisons. Ganick came into the game with a 15.00 ERA. In three innings he had given up five earned runs on seven hits and six walks. Opponents were batting .412 against him.
Ganick got off to a good start keeping the Golden Eagles off the board through the first two innings.
The Bisons meanwhile struck early. Preston Embrey led off the bottom of the first with a walk, and advanced to second on a balk. Tadd Brewer then grounded out to shortstop, advancing Embrey to third. Nathan Sensing followed with a single up the middle, scoring Embrey and giving the Bisons their first run of the game.
The Golden Eagles would tie the game in the top of the third on an RBI single by Matt Mihoci.
The Bisons would go ahead again in the bottom of the inning. Whit Reed led off with a double. With one out, Brewer tripled to left center scoring Reed. Nathan Sensing followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to center to bring the score to 3-1.
To start the fourth inning, Ganick was greeted by a home run from Steve Soper. With one out Ganick gave up a double to Kyle Rowekamp. Ryan Wardlow and Corey Wright followed with RBI singles, spelling the end of Ganick's night. Freshman Charles Williams relieved Ganick and gave up an RBI sacrifice fly to Brian Sprowl to complete Ganick's pitching line. In 3.1 innings of work, he gave up four earned runs on eight hits and one walk. He struck out three.
The Bisons rallied ahead once more in the bottom of the fifth. Again, Reed got things started with a double, this time to right field. With one out Brewer singled to left scoring Reed. One batter later, Zac Miller singled up the middle bringing Brewer home and giving the Bisons a 5-4 lead.
The lead would change hands one final time. After Williams walked Mihoci to lead off the seventh inning, he was removed in favor of right hander Logan Powell.
Powell recorded the first two outs of the inning before surrendering a single to Soper. Brantley Kilgore followed with a three run homer to left giving the Golden Eagles a 7-5 lead.
However, the Bisons refused to go down easy. With one out in the bottom of the eighth Ryan Mitchell walked. Justin Sanders followed with a triple down the right field line bringing the Bisons to within one and putting the tying run 90 ft. from home plate. But the next two batters, Josh Smith and Reed were unable to bring the run home.
The Bisons received another golden opportunity in the bottom of the ninth. Allen Bolden was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. The next batter, Brewer walked bringing the tying run 160 ft. from home plate. Yet, Bolden never came any closer to scoring. The Golden Flashes recorded the final three outs to end the ball game.
The Bisons are back in action Wednesday March 1 against Austin Peay at 3:00.