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Friday, February 18, 2011The Bisons opened up the 2011 baseball season with an 8-3 loss to the Dayton Flyers at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium Friday night.
Lipscomb newcomer Richie Goodenow got the start for the Bisons and went six innings giving up six hits and three runs. He struck out six batters before being pulled prior to the seventh inning with the game tied at three.
Bisons head coach Jeff Forehand said Goodenow came in and did what the team thought he would do.
“He gave us exactly what we expected,” Forehand said. “He leaves in the seventh inning with the game tied.”
The only runs Goodenow gave up came in the top of the second inning when Dayton centerfielder Bobby Glover hit a double that drove in three runs.
“The bases-loaded hit that he gave up was on a six or seven pitch at-bat that he runs into and hits it over the center fielder’s head. There happened to be bases loaded. If he gets him right there, then we go no runs and he gets out of it and goes seven innings right at 100 pitches with no runs. That’s what our game is built on.
“That’s what we feel like we are going to get with Richie every time he goes out. A consistency where we know he is going to give us six or seven innings and we’re going to be right in the game.”
Lipscomb hit into a triple play to end the third inning and a double play to end the fourth inning. In both innings the Bisons had runners in scoring position but were unable to get any runs.
After four innings of play, the Bisons trailed 3-1. However, in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bisons rallied with two outs and climbed within one on a Tennyson Dodd RBI-double that drove sophomore Lee Wilson in.
In the sixth, Ricky Coleman belted a solo homerun to left-center that tied the game at three.
The Bisons turned to their bullpen in the seventh inning and Dayton took advantage, scoring five runs in the final three innings.
Michael Hauschild received the start for the Flyers, going the distance, giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out eight in a complete game performance.
“They [Dayton] played great and their pitcher was fantastic,” Forehand said. “To come out in your first outing and throw a complete game with less than 100 pitches, you just have to tip your cap to him.”
With the loss, the Bisons fell to 0-1 on the year while the Flyers improved to 1-1. Ricky Coleman and Zach Messer led the Bisons with two hits apiece. Senior Chad Fromm was handed the loss in a short stint of middle relief.
The Bisons will be back in action with a double-header tomorrow. Lipscomb will take on Bradley at 11 a.m. before getting another shot at Dayton at 2 p.m. All of the action can be heard on the Lipscomb Sports Network. Veteran play-by-play announcer Benjamin Seamon will have the call.