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Wednesday, March 16, 2011It wasn’t quite what Lipscomb Bisons’ baseball coach Jeff Forehand had planned when he made schedule adjustments to bring in Mississippi State from the Southeastern Conference for a mid-week game.
Forehand had expected a battle from Mississippi State, but he didn’t expect his team to end up on the wrong end of a 14-4 loss Wednesday night at chilly Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium.
“It was not what we intended,” Forehand said. “Mississippi State is a good team. They exploit you.
“Their guys pitched better than we did. They hit the ball better than we did. We are having a hard time scoring some runs right now.”
The Bisons gave up one run in the first, four in the second and three in the third. Mississippi State added two more in the fifth and four more in the seventh.
The Bisons slipped to 7-10. Mississippi State is 14-4.
Left-hander Chris Nunn, 1-1, started for the Bisons and gave up five hits, five runs and five walks in 1.2 innings. He was one of six Lipscomb pitchers that entered the game. Mississippi State collected 14 hits.
“This was the fourth start for Chris,” Forehand said. “It was the first time he hasn’t had his control.
“He is getting better. He has to learn with every appearance. He is a guy who is going to help us down the line. We have confidence in him. This was just not his night.”
Right-hander Josh Cotham had the best outing, closing out the final 2.2 innings. He did not allow a run or a hit and struck out four of the eight batters he faced.
“We didn’t pitch with any conviction until Josh came in at the end,” Forehand said. “We were all timid in what we were trying to do.”
The Bisons countered with two runs in the fourth and two in the ninth. The Bisons connected for eight hits. No batter had more than one hit. Lee Wilson and Aaron Spragg both had doubles for the Bisons.
This was the final game before the Bisons open Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend at Kennesaw State. Game time Friday is 5 p.m. Saturday’s first pitch is at 1. Sunday’s game starts at noon.
“It was not the outing we wanted going into a conference series,” Forehand said. “We have to get it turned around.
“We’ll talk about this game Thursday. We will try to put it behind us and see if we can learn something from it.”
Forehand saw some positives such as the hitting of Kyle Henry and T.J. Hoelzer, but he admitted that the good things were difficult to find.
“This was an ugly game all the way around,” Forehand said. “I would have hoped we would have been able to put ourselves in a position to win in the end. After we gave up eight runs in the first three innings it was difficult for us to come back.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.