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Pitching is the answer in Bisons 4-1 win

Sunday, May 13, 2007

May 13, 2007

Box Score

On a day in which Lipscomb honored their senior players, the Bisons got just what they had been waiting for, superb defense and clutch pitching, as they defeated Stetson 4-1 on Sunday, May 13.

The Bisons wasted no time getting on the board, plating two runs in the first. Ben Williams led off the inning with a single through the left side. With one out, Caleb Joseph walked. After Williams advanced to third on a fly out by Ryan Wilkins, Joseph stole second, putting runners on second and third for Shane Simpkins who came through with a two-run single to center.

The Bisons added to their lead with another run in the second. Jared Picchiottino drilled a double to left which barely missed clearing the wall to lead off the inning. Picchiottino advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cadavid. He would go on to score on Allen Bolden's infield single to first.

With the Bisons' starter, Taylor Merry throwing a shutout through five, the Bisons added to their lead with another run in the bottom of the fifth. Joseph led off with a triple to right-center. He would score almost immediately on a sacrifice fly by Wilkins, giving the Bisons a 4-0 lead.

The Hatters finally got to Merry in the eighth, loading the bases with no outs, prompting head coach, Jeff Forehand to call on right-hander Matt Schnelly.

Schnelly picked up exactly where Merry had left off, giving the Bisons' a dominating and clutch performance that succeeded in bringing Lipscomb one step closer to a conference tournament appearance. Schnelly got the first batter he faced to hit into a 6-3 double-play, allowing the runner on third to score for the Hatters first run of the game. After walking the next batter, Schnelly struck out Jeremy Cruz to end the inning.

Schnelly came back out to throw a perfect ninth, earning his first save of the season in the Bisons 4-1 victory. In two innings of work he did not give up a hit while striking out one.

Merry earned the victory to improve his record to 4-2. In seven innings, he gave up one run on five hits.

"Taylor was great," Schnelly said. "He really gave us a lift with those seven shut-out innings to begin the game. Especially when you consider that he is a freshman facing a nationally ranked team, you could not have asked for anything more.

"It was nice to end our last home game with a win. At this point every game we play is a must win. Hopefully we can take the momentum from this game into our final series against Jacksonville. Our goal from the first game of the season was to make the conference tournament. We've almost got it, but for now there is still work to do."