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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Feb. 21, 2007
In Lipscomb's first game against a team ranked number one in the nation in 32 years, three errors contributed to a 16-7 Bisons loss at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, February 21.
The Commodores got on the board in the second, when an error by Bisons' first baseman, Justin Sanders, contributed to three unearned runs.
Vanderbilt added another run in the third inning on an RBI single by centerfielder David Macias.
Four more runs in the fourth increased the Commodores' lead to 8-0.
However, the Bisons climbed back into the game with five runs of their own in the top of the fifth. Donnie Amos led off the inning with a double down the left field line. After Shane Simpkins singled to put runners on the corners, Ryan Wilkins walked to load the bases with no outs. After Branden Cadavid popped out to second for the first out of the inning, Kevin Gavigan doubled down the left field line, scoring two runs, and putting runners on second and third.
The Bisons would score again in the seventh on a two-run double off the bat of Joseph.
However, the Commodores never let up, scoring in all but two innings.
The Bisons' starter, right-hander John King, received the loss to bring his record to 0-1. In three innings he gave up three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out three.
Eight Lipscomb pitchers combined to give up 16 runs, 10 of which were earned, on 17 hits while walking ten.
Joseph led the Bisons on offense with three hits and four RBIs.
The Bisons are back in action when they take on Ball State on Friday, February 23, at 3 p.m.
Senior right-hander Matt Schnelly is scheduled to take the mound for Lipscomb. In two starts this season, Schnelly is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.