May 12, 2007
Although Lipscomb got a solid effort out of both starting pitchers, the Bisons could not overcome several errors and a strong Stetson offense as they were defeated in both games of the double-header on Saturday, May 12.
In the first game, the Bisons offense got going early, taking a 1-0 lead on Shane Simpkins' second home run of the season.
The Hatters battled back, scoring two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead.
The Bisons tied the score in the bottom of the inning when Andrew Nickerson walked with the bases loaded.
Once again, the hatters retook the lead with two runs in the fourth to bring the score to 4-2.
The Bisons would pull within one on a home run by Justin Sanders in the sixth.
The Hatters added another three runs off of reliever, John King in the ninth, only one of which was earned, to increase their lead to 7-3, the final.
The Bisons' starter, Rob Smithson received the loss to drop his record to 6-5. In seven innings, he gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out five.
After both starters threw up zeroes in the first three innings, game two of the double-header was quickly taking the shape of a pitcher's duel.
The Bisons finally broke through against the Hatter's starter, Jake Hitchcock in the fourth on an RBI single by Justin Sanders.
The Bisons added to their lead with another run in the fifth when Simpkins was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring the score to 2-0.
After throwing seven scoreless innings, the Hatters finally got to Brothers in the eighth putting runners on the corners with one out. The Bisons then went to their bullpen, calling on right-hander, Brandon McClurg. McClurg allowed an RBI single to Justin Bass to put the Hatters on the board. Stetson would add two more runs on a throwing error by McClurg and a fielder's choice to take a 3-2 lead.
In 7.1 innings, Brothers gave up two runs on four hits in the no-decision. He struck out six.
The Bisons rallied to tie the game with a run in the ninth. Branden Cadavid walked to lead off the inning. After advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Allen Bolden, Cadavid would score on an error by the Hatters' first basemen.
However, the Hatters staged their own rally in the tenth, taking a 6-3 lead on three-run homer by Erich Holland. McClurg then loaded the bases with no outs, prompting head coach, Jeff Forehand to call on Burnett for the second time that day. In 1.2 innings of work, McClurg gave up five runs on seven hits.
Burnett limited the damage for the Bisons, allowing only one inherited runner to score on an RBI groundout.
McClurg received the loss in the 7-3 defeat to drop his record to 4-2.
The Bisons are back in action tomorrow, Sunday, May 13, when they take on Stetson in the series final at one p.m