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Outstanding performance by Brothers wasted in 1-0 loss
Antonio Butler
Antonio Butler

Friday, April 10, 2009

The world of sports is filled with hard luck stories, but few could equal what Lipscomb left-hander Rex Brothers experienced.

Brothers struck out a career-high 14 batters, his second game in a row to record double figures in strikeouts. He threw eight shutout innings and gave up only two hits.

But despite those stellar numbers Brothers lost his third game of the season Friday night against North Florida 1-0 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in the first of three games in the Atlantic Sun Conference series. According to records from the Atlantic Sun office, it was first 1-0 game between two conference teams since Gardner-Webb beat Belmont 1-0 March 25, 2006.

North Florida scored the only run in the game in the first inning. After Brothers, who leads the A-Sun in strikeouts, got the first two batters he faced to strike out he gave up a home run to left field to Preston Hale.

The only other hit for North Florida was double in the sixth inning by Justin Preckajlo.

John Frawley, 5-1, went the distance for North Florida. He allowed five hits while striking out eight. He did not walk a batter.

Antonio Butler led the Bisons with two hits, a single to left field in the third, and a triple to right center with one out in the eighth. It was the first triple for Butler in his college career.

The Bisons (13-20, 8-5) and North Florida (15-20, 9-7) will play a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at 1.

Senior right-hander Brandon McClurg and junior right-hander Josh Smith will start for the Bisons.