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Saturday, April 23, 2011Mercer hit three home runs and capitalized on four Lipscomb errors as the Bisons dropped the series finale against the Bears 12-2 at Claude Smith Field in Macon, Ga., Saturday.
The loss was Lipscomb’s eighth straight on the road as the Bisons fell to 14-27 overall and 5-13 in the Atlantic Sun. The Bisons have four three-game conference series remaining, starting with Belmont next weekend.
The Bisons finished with nine hits while Mercer had 10.
A day after recording six extra-base hits, including two home runs, the Bisons had only one extra-base hit on Sunday, a double by T.J. Hoelzer in the top of the first.
Lipscomb took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Richie Goodenow hit a one-out, RBI-single up the middle to score Hoelzer from second, who doubled in the previous at-bat.
After Mercer tied the game at the one in the bottom half, the Bisons added another run of their own in the second as Logan Hostettler scored on an RBI-ground out by Ricky Coleman. Hostettler reached base on a fielding error to lead off the inning and then moved to second on Lee Wilson’s single. Following Wilson’s single, Aaron Spragg moved Hostettler to third on a sacrifice bunt, before Coleman drove him in.
Lipscomb’s 2-1 lead didn’t last long as Mercer quickly retook the lead in the bottom of the second, going up 3-2.
The Bears (28-15, 12-11 A-Sun) would then score two runs in the third, one in the sixth and five in the seventh to make the final score 12-2.
Hoelzer went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead the Bisons on Sunday.
Josh Chism went 2-for-4 while Aaron Spragg, Lee Wilson, Richie Goodenow and M.L. Williams had one hit each.
Bison starter, Chris Nunn fell to 2-3 on the year after allowing six runs, three earned on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings Sunday.
Mike Grace allowed one run on four hits in 3.2 innings of middle relief.
The Bisons be in action next when they host UT-Martin at Ken Dugan Field on Tuesday, April 26. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. central.
Following the UT-Martin game, Lipscomb will host Belmont in the annual “Battle of the Boulevard” April 29-May 1.