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Friday, February 24, 2006
Feb. 24, 2006
An eight run third inning highlighted by two Kent State home runs gave the Golden Flashes a lead they would never relinquish and led to the Bisons second straight defeat. For the second consecutive game, Lipscomb pitchers allowed the opposing team to score in doubles figures, a deficit they could not overcome.
Josh Smith got the start for the Bisons, his second. Smith was coming off his first collegiate start, an 8-2 win over Chicago State. In that game, Smith allowed just two runs on five hits, while racking up ten strikeouts.
Kent State got on the board in the first when Emmanuel Burriss scored on an error by Lipscomb shortstop Tadd Brewer. The Bisons tied the score in the bottom of the inning after Nathan Sensing scored on an RBI single by Caleb Joseph.
Smith pitched a hitless second, but the Golden Flashes got to him in the third. Smith faced seven batters in the inning and was unable to record an out. The big blow came on a three run homer by Kurt Eichorn. Right hander Charles Willaims replaced Smith with runners on first and second. After recording one out, Williams gave up a three run homer, completing Smith's pitching line for the night. In two plus innings Smith gave up eight runs, seven earned, on six hits.
Freshman left hander Josh Spicer relieved Williams in the sixth, making the first appearance of his collegiate career. Prior to his appearance, Spicer had not pitched competitively in a year and a half due to an injury. After faltering briefly in the sixth, he settled down over the next few innings before ending his night by striking out the side in the eighth. Spicer pitched three innings giving up four hits and no earned runs, striking out three.
"It was the first time I had pitched in a year and a half so I was a little nervous," Spicer said. "In my second inning I really settled in, and by the third inning I had a lot of confidence. I thought I did well for my first time out there. But you can't be totally satisfied unless you are flawless."
The Bisons scored their final run in the sixth. With one out Ryan Mitchell singled up the middle. Mitchell advanced to second on Zac Miller's ground out. The next batter, Joseph, recorded his second RBI of the day on a triple to right center.
From that point on, Kent State shut the Bisons down to earn the 13-2 victory.
"I guess the good thing is that we are fielding ground balls and getting our hits," Joseph said. "The team is hitting the baseball. It is just a matter of putting all the pieces together. It's early in the season and we've got a lot of games left to play. The way that baseball works sometimes you get breaks and sometimes you don't. Kent State hit real well and with a team like that you just have to try and stay out of big innings which we weren't able to do today."