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Tuesday, May 17, 2011After getting out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Bisons stranded 11 runners on base over the next eight innings as they fell to Austin Peay, 6-5 in their final non-conference game of the season at Ken Dugan Field on Tuesday.
The Bisons (19-33) left at least two runners on base in four of the nine innings while stranding 13 runners in all.
Lipscomb wasted little time in jumping out to a early lead on Tuesday as they sent eight batters to the plate in a three-run first inning. The Bisons took advantage of four walks and two hit-by-pitch from Austin Peay starter, Shawn Zabriskie who was chased after just one-third of an inning.
M.L. Williams and Ricky Coleman started the first inning with back-to-back walks before moving to second and third on a well executed double steal. Richie Goodenow then extended his streak of reaching base to 21 straight games with an RBI-single to right-field, giving the Bisons a 1-0 lead. Goodenow originally drove in two runs on the play as Ricky Coleman scored but the Governors appealed that he missed third base and he was called out.
With Lipscomb leading 1-0, the Bisons extended its lead in the first as Lee Wilson drew a seven-pitch walk with the bases loaded before Matt Brewer drove in the third run of the game after getting hit by Zabriskie.
Ten of the Bisons first 12 batters of the game reached base, including the first three in the bottom of the second. However, besides the first inning, the Bisons failed to get a timely hit with runners in scoring position and left the bases loaded in the second.
The game remained 3-0, until the Governors (28-21) got on the board in the top of the third.
Austin Peay added a run in the fourth and eventually tied the game in the top of the fifth by taking advantage of a Bison error which led to an unearned run.
With the game tied at three, the Govs extended its lead with a three-run, four-hit sixth inning to take a 6-3 lead. Two of the three runs in the inning were charged as unearned runs.
Trailing 6-3, the Bisons made things interesting in the bottom of the eighth when Josh Chism hit a high chopper over the head of Governor shortstop Reed Harper allowing
Coleman and Spragg to come into score and make it one-run game (6-5).
The Bisons had a final chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth as Shawn Mehring reached base on a one-out single and then stole second to put the tying run on second base, but Austin Peay’s Mike Hebert retired Kyle Henry down on strikes and got Spragg to ground out to end the game.
Bison starter Alex Ross allowed six runs, only two of which were earned, while scattering eight hits and fanning five in a career-high 6.2 innings of work Tuesday.
Gil Rehwinkel threw the final two innings for the Bisons Tuesday, tossing two innings of no-hit scoreless relief. Rehwinkel struck out three and walked none while facing seven batters in two complete innings.
The Bisons outhit the Govs 11-9 but couldn’t make up for its three errors in the field and 13 runners left on base.
The Bisons are now 5-8 in one-run games and 14-10 when outhitting its opponent this year.
Offensively, Spragg and Williams paced the Bisons with a pair of three-hit games, while Matt Brewer added two of his own. Williams also stole two bases tonight, making him 23-for-24 in swiped bags this year.
Austin Peay was led by reliever Eric Davis’ sharp three and two-thirds innings of middle relief. Davis struck out seven and walked none while facing 14 batters. Offensively, APSU’s Reed Harper extended his hitting streak to 27 games with an RBI-double in the fourth inning.
Lipscomb will travel to Ft. Myers, Fla., to face-off against Florida Gulf Coast (24-28, 13-14 A-Sun) in the final conference series of the year on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Thursday’s game will start at 5:30 p.m. Central while Friday and Saturday’s game will start at 3 p.m. and Noon, respectively.
The games will be shown on A-Sun TV while live stats will be available on Lipscombsports.com, courtesy of FGCUathletics.com.