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Bisons overcome Jacksonville 11-8 in slugfest
Josh Chism
Josh Chism

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Lipscomb Bisons won their first Atlantic Sun series of the season with a come-from-behind 11-8 win at Jacksonville University Sunday afternoon.

The win was the second in a row for the Bisons and gave them a 2-1 edge in the series at John Sessions Stadium. The Bisons were down 6-0 through five innings.

“It is hard to win on the road,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “When you get two-out-of-three on the road that is a confidence boost.”

In the sixth they put three runs on the board. Richie Goodenow and Josh Chism singled. Bennett Smith knocked them in with a three-run homer over the left center field wall.

“Smith had a big home run,” Forehand said. “He had hit into a double play with two outs to end the fourth inning. He came back and got his pitch the next time.

“Everybody felt like we were swinging the bats better. When Bennett hit his home run that really gave us life.”

The Bisons added four runs in the seventh on five hits including an RBI-double to left center by Tennyson Dodd, a sacrifice fly by Chism, an RBI-single by Smith and an RBI-single by Kyle Henry.

In the eighth the Bisons scored four more runs as Chism hit a grand slam to left center, the first of his career as a Bison. The Bisons gave up two more runs in the ninth, but held off the late rally by Jacksonville.

“Chism fouled a couple of pitches off,” Forehand said. “The pitcher he was facing was throwing mostly fastballs. Chism got one where he could handle it. That was a big blow. It took the air out of Jacksonville.”

M.L. Williams, Smith and Henry each had three hits as the Bisons finished with 19 off of eight Jacksonville pitchers. Williams had two doubles.

Chism led the Bisons with a game-high five RBI.

Right-hander Dannie Strable started for the Bisons. He gave up five runs and five hits and walked two in 2.2 innings. Right-hander Chad Fromm came in and faced one batter, giving up a hit. Left-hander Alex Ross threw 1.1 innings and allowed two hits and one run while striking out one.

Right-hander Mike Grace, 2-0, pitched 4.2 innings. He scattered five hits and allowed two runs, both unearned. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. He was credited with the win.

“Grace should have closed it out, but we made a couple of errors in the last inning,” Forehand said. “Mike had them off balance with his breaking ball and his change-up.

“He was excited. He actually threw his fastball a little harder than he normally does. He won the game for us by keeping it where it was until we could score. He pitched four great innings. That is how you win games on Sundays.”

Starter Richie Goodenow, a left-hander, briefly returned to a relief role in the ninth. He pitched one-third of an inning to earn his first save of the season.

“Goodenow didn’t throw very many pitches on Friday,” Forehand said. “We thought we would bring him in to close it out. He didn’t have his best stuff, but we wanted them to face a left-handed guy.”

Jacksonville finished the game with 14 hits.

The Bisons are 9-15 overall, 2-4 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville slipped to 14-10, 5-4 in the conference.

The Bisons are back in action Tuesday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium when Middle Tennessee State visits for a 3 p.m. game.

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