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Merry throws complete game as Bisons split double-header

Saturday, April 21, 2007

April 21, 2007

Final Stats

After winning game one 3-2, the Bisons could not complete the sweep against Campbell on Saturday, April 24 as they fell 4-2 in the final game.

In his first start since being named Co-A-Sun Pitcher of the Week, right-hander, Taylor Merry threw another dominating complete game as the Bisons` defeated the Fighting Camels 3-2 in game one.

"Of course expectations were high," Merry said. "I did not fell like I threw my best game, but everybody did a good job keeping us in the game."

After the Fighting Camels struck for a run in both the sixth and ninth innings, the Bisons were three outs away from squandering Merry's impressive performance.

Shane Simpkins got the Bisons' rally started with a single through the right side, before advancing to second on a ground out by Caleb Joseph. Ryan Wilkins walked to put runners on first and second for Casey Bond, who came through for the Bisons' with a two-run triple to left center. After Kevin Gavigan struck out, Branden Cadavid gave Lipscomb the walk-off victory with an RBI single to left center.

Campbell's starter, Justin Lilly threw 8.1 innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits in the no-decision.

Merry earned the win to improve to 3-0 on the season. In nine innings he gave up two unearned runs on six hits. He struck out four while lowering his ERA to 2.88.

Ryan Hamme received the loss to lower his record to 3-2. In 1/3 of an inning, he gave up one run on two hits.

In game two, right-hander Charles Williams took the mound for the Bisons' in his first start of the season. After giving up two runs in the first and another run in the second to the Fighting Camels, Williams settled down, throwing a scoreless third before allowing another run in the fourth.

The Bisons' offense struck for a run in the second on an RBI single by Justin Sanders, but remained silent until Ben Williams scored on an error in the ninth to bring the score to 4-2, the final.

Williams received the loss to drop his record to 1-4. In eight innings, Williams gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while striking out four.

Simpkins led the Bisons on offense with three hits, while Allen Bolden and Casey Bond each contributed two.

The Bisons are back in action when they travel to Martin, Tennessee, to take on Tennessee-Martin in a single game on April 24 at 3 p.m.