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Bullpen Solid in Bisons 4-3 Win Against Auburn

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Feb. 14, 2007

Box Score

Caleb Joseph's game winning double in the 12th on Wednesday, February 14, gave the Bisons a 4-3 victory against Auburn and their second win of the season.

The Bisons pitching staff picked up right where it had left off after an impressive 5-1 win against Evansville on Sunday.

Senior right-hander John King, got the start for Lipscomb, his first as a member of the Bisons. In five innings he gave up two runs, neither of which was earned on four hits.

Auburn struck first with two runs in the bottom of the third. With two outs, the Bisons allowed two consecutive men to reach base off an error. After both runners moved up on a wild pitch, King walked Andy Bennett to load the bases, before allowing the first run of the game to score on another wild pitch. Another Tiger run would cross the plate on an RBI single by Robert Brooks.

The Bisons tied the game in the fifth with two runs of their own. With one out, Ryan Wilkins singled to center. After Allen Bolden reached on a fielder's choice, he promptly stole second. Consecutive doubles by Kevin Gavigan and Ben Williams tied the game at two.

Auburn regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

The Bisons tied the game once more on an RBI groundout by Branden Cadavid in the top of the eighth.

Right-handers Brandon McClurg and Charles Williams held the Bisons in the game with 6.1 scoreless innings of relief. In 8.1 innings this season, McClurg has given up just four hits while striking out seven. He has not allowed a run. Opponents are batting .143 against him.

With the score tied at three, the game moved into extra innings. The Bisons finally broke through against the Tigers bullpen in the 12th. With one out, Ben Williams reached on a fielding error. One out later, Caleb Joseph doubled down the left field line, putting the Bisons on top for good.

Freshman right-hander Taylor Merry relieved Williams to start the bottom of the 12th. He closed out the win for the Bisons earning his first save of the season and the first of his collegiate career.

Williams earned the win for Lipscomb to bring his record to 1-0.

"It was a very impressive win for us," King said. "We made some errors early on and fell behind, but we fought back. It really showed what kind of character this team has. The win definitely gives the team a big confidence boost, knowing that we have the ability to beat big name teams like Auburn."

The Bisons return to action when they take on Chicago State in a three game series starting Friday, February 16. Rob Smithson is scheduled to take the mound for the Bisons.

By Krissy Wade