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Bisons compete harder but lose 7-3 to Vols
Logan Hostettler
Logan Hostettler

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lipscomb Bisons baseball coach Jeff Forehand is stressing the small victories his teams have experienced each game, but he admits his team needs some big victories.

Soon.

“You can look at all of the moral victories you want, but we have to win a ball game here soon,” Forehand. “We will. I thought the process was better today and hopefully it will be better Friday.”

After a one hour and a 31-minute delay due to rain and lightning the Bisons lost to the Tennessee Volunteers 7-3 Wednesday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium.

Left-hander Chris Nunn started for the Bisons.

“I try to pick out all of the positives, but it is hard to pick the positives when you get beat,” Forehand said. “We have a few things to keep working on. But I’m going to continue to pull out those little victories from games until we get some luck.

“Down at Kennesaw we lost our competitive edge a little bit. We got beat down because we weren’t able to get any scoring going. We had a good practice Tuesday. We competed better against UT.”

Tennessee jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second. Ethan Bennett reached base on an error by third baseman Josh Chism, one of three in the game for the Bisons. With one out Tyler Horne hit a home run to left center to drive in two runs.

The Bisons answered with a run in the home part of the second. With one out Chism singled through the right side. Tennyson Dodd doubled to right center. Logan Hostettler hit a fly ball to left, bringing in Chism on the sacrifice.

Nunn held the Vols scoreless in the third despite loading the bases.

The Bisons struck again in the third with one run to tie the game at 2-2. T.J. Hoelzer walked to start the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lee Wilson. Diego Martinez singled through the left side. M.L. Williams followed with a single to third base that plated Hoelzer.

Right-hander Chad Fromm relieved Nunn in the fifth. The Volunteers scored three runs in the fifth and added another run in both the sixth and seventh innings.

In the seventh for the Bisons Dodd was safe on an error by Tennessee shortstop Zach Osborne. He advanced to second on the play. Dodd scored when Hostettler singled to left field.

Nunn, 1-2, was the losing pitcher. He gave up six hits and four runs, two of them earned. He walked three and struck out three in four innings.

“I was proud of Chris,” Forehand said. “He is growing. He just has to be more consistent in the zone. By the time he got to the fifth inning he had already thrown 80 pitches.”

Fromm scattered four hits and gave up two unearned runs. He walked three and struck out two.

Left-hander Gil Rehwinkel pitched one-third of an inning and allowed three hits and one run. He struck out one batter.

Blake Fonfara, also a left-hander, closed out the final two innings. He struck out three and did not allow a run. He did give up three hits.

The Volunteers finished with 16 hits and left 16 batters on base.

“Our pitchers did a good job of pitching out of some situations which was great,” Forehand said. “The pitchers were in a position today where we were right in there.”

Carter Watson, 4-1, the third of nine Tennessee pitchers, was the winner.

The Bisons connected for five hits. Dodd’s double, his sixth of the year, was the only multi-base hit for the Bisons.

“We got five hits, but I feel like we hit the ball a little bit better than the hits that were shown,” Forehand said. “We hit the ball hard. “We were more aggressive with the bats than we were at Kennesaw. We felt like we were going to get the big hit.”

The Bisons are 0-5 against teams from the Southeastern Conference this season. They slipped to 7-14 overall. Tennessee is 17-4.

A little more than an hour after the game the Bisons boarded buses for a weekend trip to Jacksonville for a three-game Atlantic Sun series.

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