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Saturday, May 15, 2010The Bisons baseball team split a doubleheader with Mercer that spanned 10 hours, 59 minutes over two days at Ken Dugan Field Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. The Bisons lost game one 7-4 before coming from behind to win game two 6-5.
Game one was halted for five hours and nine minutes after the third inning with the Bisons ahead 3-2. Mercer scored four runs on four hits in the seventh off reliever Josh Cotham to take a 7-3 lead. Lipscomb scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning.
Cotham (1-3) took the loss for the Bisons.
In game two the Bisons scored took the lead in the seventh after a throwing error by Mercer’s third baseman with two-outs allowed two runs to score. Lee Wilson hit a triple to right center to drive in the third run of the inning and give the Bisons a 4-2 lead.
Mike Grace pitched six strong innings for the Bisons giving up two runs on six hits. Grace walked two and struck out six.
Lipscomb reliever Chad Fromm allowed two run in the eighth tying the game. In the bottom of the inning Lipscomb retook the lead when T.J. Hoelzer drew a bases-loaded walk and then a balk was called on the next pitch to bring home Zach Messer.
Mercer’s first two batters in the ninth reached base before Fromm was lifted for Alex Ross. The first batter he faced popped up to the short shot. Then Ross issued a walk to load the bases. Mercer scored to make it a 6-5 game when Ross threw a wild pitch near the batter’s feet.
The Bears missed a prime opportunity to tie the game when pinch hitter Jason Butts flew out to right field. The runner on third thought the ball was down for a hit and he had to retreat back to the bag.
The game concluded at 12:05 a.m. when Nick Adams grounded to Hoelzer at short who threw over to third base where Zach Messer applied the tag on Michael Langley for the final out.
Chad Fromm (2-6) received the win in the second game and Alex Ross (1) received the save.
Lipscomb's five seniors - Josh Smith, Tyler Wilson, Matt Bowling, Andrew Nickerson, and Ryan Wilkins - were honored before game one. After the senior day ceremony, Lipscomb president Randy Lowry awarded Smith, Bowling and Nickerson their degrees in a special graduation ceremony.
The Bisons play their final home game Tuesday night against Austin Peay. First pitch is at 6 p.m.
Benjamin Seamon and John Higgins will have the call for the Lipscomb Sports Network and ASun.TV.