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First inning eventually spells defeat for Bisons
Josh Chism
Josh Chism

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Lipscomb Bisons had a trouble-filled first inning that haunted them the rest of the way Friday night in a 3-2 loss to Marshall at chilly Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium.

Left-hander Richie Goodenow made his second start for the Bisons. He walked Isaac Ballou the first batter he faced. He then allowed Ballou to advance to second when he made a bad throw on a pickoff attempt. Ballou ran to third when Kenny Soccoro flied out to Tennyson Dodd at first. Victor Gomez singled to left field to score Ballou and give Marshall a quick 1-0 lead.

“That just set the stage,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “You have to be ready to play right out of the chute. Marshall got that one run and any way you look at it that run turned out to be the difference.

“We’ve got to take care of our business in the first inning. Mistakes are going to happen. We can’t give teams windows. We gave Marshall a window and they took advantage. When we are given windows we have to score.”

The Bisons tied the game in the second. Dodd led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Rickey Coleman was out on a grounder to the pitcher, but Dodd moved to third. Kyle Henry reached base on a fielder’s choice that allowed Dodd to score.

In the third the Bisons took a 2-1 lead. M.L. Williams started off the inning with a single to second base. After Lee Wilson flied out Williams stole second. Goodenow grounded out to the first baseman to send Williams to third. Josh Chism singled to center field to bring William’s home.

In the fifth Marshall scored a pair of runs. With one out Ballou walked and then stole second. Socorro singled through the left side to plate Ballou. Gomez singled down the right field line to send Socorro to third. Thor Meeks flied out to right field to drive Socorro home on the sacrifice.

Goodenow, 0-1, pitched seven innings and threw 116 pitches. He struck out 10 and allowed four hits and three runs, two earned. He also walked three.

“In the first inning he throws 20 pitches,” Forehand said. “If we make the plays he is out in 10 or 12 pitches and that gives him another inning.

“He puts us in a position to win. We just didn’t win. We learned and we will win this type of game down the line.”

Relievers Josh Cotham, Blake Fonfara, Chad Fromm and Gil Rehwinkel closed out the game. Combined they allowed only one hit and no runs.

Marshall right-hander Shane Farrell picked up the win. He pitched five innings and scattered five hits while giving up two runs, one earned. He struck out three and walked one.

Four Marshall relievers made appearances the rest of the way. They did not give up a run and only gave up two hits. Ian Kadid, who pitched the ninth, earned his first save of the season.

Gomez connected for three of the five hits for Marshall.

Goodenow, Chism and Dodd each had two hits for the Bisons. Goodenow and Dodd each slammed a double.

“While Richie is hot we are going to have to keep him in there swinging the bat,” Forehand said.

Williams stole his fourth base of the season. He is perfect in four attempts.

“We did a lot of things that were positive,” Forehand said. “Marshall made the right play at the right minute and we didn’t. “When our bullpen comes on our offense is going to have to take off. Our offense is not all the way on right now, but it will be.”

Right-hander Connor Sinclair will go to the mound for the Bisons Saturday at 2 against Marshall. The Bisons are 3-3. Marshall is 3-1.

The three-game series ends Sunday at 1.

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