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Bisons fall 7-5 to UNF to close out series

Sunday, April 03, 2011

No matter what happens the rest of the season this will be remembered as the Atlantic Sun series that got away.

Backed by a strong start by right-hander Mike Grace the Bisons were ahead 4-0 over the North Florida Ospreys after six innings.

North Florida broke the shutout in the seventh with a run, but the Bisons answered in the home part of the inning with a run for a 5-1 lead.

But in the eighth the Ospreys struck for six runs and sealed the deal with a 7-5 win Sunday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium. With the win the Ospreys won the series 2-1.

The Bisons are 11-17, 3-6 in the A-Sun. North Florida is 16-13, 8-7 in the conference.

“Saturday it was six errors and today it was seven walks,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “North Florida hit the ball when they needed to hit it and we didn’t make the pitch.”

It appeared that the Bisons had everything going their way. Grace pitched five shutout innings. He gave up one hit, walked three and struck out four.

Left-hander Chris Nunn pitched a scoreless sixth inning. He also allowed one hit. He walked one and struck out two.

In the seventh left-hander Richie Goodenow took the mound intent on earning his second save of the series. Goodenow walked Shane Kennedy, the second batter he faced. He forced the next batter to fly out, but Kennedy moved to second. Corey Bass singled to right center to score Kennedy.

Goodenow struggled in the eighth. He walked Michael Smith, the lead-off hitter in the inning. He then gave up a single and another walk to load the bases. Alex Bacon hit a sacrifice fly to score Smith. Kennedy hit a single through the left side that scored two.

“We had our best guy in the pen in Goodenow,” Forehand said. “He didn’t have it today, but he will have it. That is why we made the adjustment.”

Right-hander Chad Fromm entered the game for the second straight time in the series. With two outs Alex Bass hit a three-run home run to left to complete the six-run rally.

“We stayed with the right-hander in Chad,” Forehand said. “We thought the best matchup was Chad’s breaking ball against the right-hander hitters, but it didn’t work out.”

Goodenow, 0-6, was credited with the loss.

The Bisons held an eight-to-seven edge in hitting. M.L. Williams had two hits including a double down the left field line to open the game. Goodenow also had a pair of hits as he did double duty as a designated hitter.

The Bisons are back in action at home Tuesday night at 6 when Tennessee Tech visits from the Ohio Valley Conference.

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