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Ninth inning Fresno State rally sinks Bisons
Logan Hostettler
Logan Hostettler

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Lipscomb Bisons were three outs away from a split in their four-game series with Fresno State.

The Bisons went into the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead, but Fresno State, the defending College World Series Champion, came back with five runs to take a 7-6 win Sunday afternoon at Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif.

The Bisons gave Fresno State a 2-0 lead as they gave up one run in each of the first innings.

In the second inning the Bisons tied the game with two runs. Allen Bolden was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Branden Cadavid singled to left field. Ryan Wilkins put down a sacrifice bunt that moved Bolden to third and Cadavid to second.

Tennyson Dodd fouled out to the first baseman. Logan Hostettler, who had an individual season high three RBI for the game, drove in Bolden and Cadavid with a single to center.

The Bisons took a 3-2 lead in the third inning. M.L. Williams led off with a single to center field and then stole second. Tyler Wilson brought Williams across the plate with a single to center.

Hostettler blasted a home run to left field to start the fifth inning and give the Bisons a 4-2 advantage.

In the sixth the Bisons added two more runs. Justin Sanders singled to left field. Bolden then slammed a home run to center, his second home run of the series.

In the ninth Brennan Gowens led off with a double to left center. Dusty Robinson walked. Danny Muno singled to left field to score Gowens. Tom Mendonca homered to left to bring in Robinson and Nuno to tie the game at 6-6.

Alan Ahmady singled to left. Gavin Hedstrom bunted to pitcher Kyle Tognazzini and was safe. Danny Grubb singled through the left side of the field to score Ahmady with the game-winning run.

Charles Williams made a rare Sunday start for the Bisons. He scattered eight hits and gave up only two runs, one earned, in 6.1 innings. He struck out four and walked four.

Tognazzini, who was credited with the win in game one in the series, came on to pitch and lasted 2.2 innings. Pitching once again in front of friends and relatives from his home state Tognazzini gave up seven hits and five runs, all earned.

Fresno State out-hit the Bisons 15-10.

The Bisons, who travel to UT-Martin Tuesday, are 13-13 overall. Fresno State is 13-10.