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Baseball falls 6-2 to ETSU in rain-shortened contest
Lee Wilson
Lee Wilson

Saturday, April 09, 2011

The Lipscomb Bisons dropped a rain-shortened contest to the ETSU Bucs 6-2 Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn.  The game was called in the bottom of the seventh.

Sophomore outfielder Lee Wilson put the Bisons on the board first with a two-run homer to right field in the second inning.   He drove in first baseman Tennyson Dodd who opened the inning with a single to right field.

Bisons starter Connor Sinclair was lifted in the fifth inning after loading the bases with no outs.  Chad Fromm struck out ETSU power hitter Paul Hoilman on a full count.  Hoilman was the sole batter Fromm would face.

Gil Rehwinkel replaced Fromm and walked his first batter to tie the game before inducing a double play to end the inning.

Sinclair allowed five hits and was charged with two runs, both earned, in his four-plus innings of work.

In the sixth inning Rehwinkel issued a walk to start the inning and then Bisons shortstop T.J. Hoelzer committed an error to put runners on first and second.  Ritchie Goodenow was brought in to replace Rehwinkel.

After a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position, the Bucs nine-hitter Derek Niesman singled to center scoring both base runners.  Goodenow allowed three more hits and two runs to put the Bucs up 6-2.

The game entered a four-hour rain delay with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before being called.

Derek Bushey (2-2) pitched seven innings allowing six hits and two earned runs to earn the win for ETSU (19-9, 10-5 A-Sun). Rehwinkel received the loss for the Bisons (11-20, 3-7 A-Sun).

Game three is Sunday at 12:05 central time.  The Bisons have not announced their starter while the Bucs will send senior right-hander Ben Booker (3-0, 5.70 ERA) to the mound.