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Bisons offense sputters in doubleheader loss at Kennesaw State
Josh Smith
Josh Smith

Saturday, April 04, 2009

The Lipscomb Bisons were swept in a series for the first time this season, losing all three games Friday and Saturday at Kennesaw State in Atlantic Sun Conference competition.

The Bisons were shutout 2-0 in game one and then fell 13-2 in game two Saturday afternoon at Stillwell Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.

The Bisons managed only two hits, both by shortstop Branden Cadavid, in game one.

The hit total tied for the lowest of the season. The Bisons recorded only two hits March 28 in a 10-0 loss at Fresno State.

Kennesaw State won 2-1 Friday night in the series opener.

Cadavid singled to center in the second inning and singled to right in the fifth in game one.

Junior right-hander Josh Smith, 3-2, pitched a complete game for the Bisons. He allowed nine hits. He struck out nine batters and walked one.

In the third inning Jacob Robbins opened the inning with a solo home run over the right field fence.

Kennesaw State added another run in the fourth. Jace Whitmer walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ric Bishop. Martin Baker singled to center to score Whitmer.

Robbins led with a game-high three hits.

Chad Jenkins, 2-1, started for Kennesaw State and picked up the win. He pitched 7.2 innings, striking out seven and walking three.

Kenny Faulk came on in relief and faced four batters in 1.1 innings to seal his second save in as many games.

In game two Kennesaw State scored two runs in the first inning, five in the fourth, two in the sixth and four in the eighth.

The Bisons opened with senior right-hander Brandon McClurg who lasted 3.1 innings. McClurg, 2-3, gave up six runs, five earned, and five hits. He struck out two and walked two as he was credited with the loss.

Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand used four more pitchers to close out the game.

Charles Williams pitched 1.2 innings and allowed one hit and one run, unearned. He also had two strikeouts. Matt Bowling threw one-third of an inning. He was touched for one hit and two runs, both earned. He walked two batters. Josh Cotham pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kyle Tognazzini closed out the game with four hits and four runs, three earned, along with one strikeout in two innings.

The Bisons scored one run in the second inning.

In the eighth they added one more. Antonio Butler led off with a single to second base. He advanced to third on a wild pitch as M.L. Williams struck out. Tyler Wilson singled to center to score Butler.

Cadavid had a hit in game two to close out a team-high three hit day.

Ryan Wilkins finished with a team-leading two hits in game two.

Justin Edwards, 2-3, won the game for Kennesaw State. He gave up four of the Bisons six hits and struck out 10.

The Bisons slipped to 13-17, 8-4 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State is 14-12, 8-3 in the conference.

The string of road games continues for the Bisons Tuesday at 6 when they travel to Austin Peay for a non-conference game. It will be their ninth consecutive game on the road. They close out the extended road trip Wednesday at 6 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.