The Bison baseball hosted ETSU on Friday and Saturday. While the Bisons won on Friday by a score of 9-4, the team lost both games of their doubleheader on Saturday, however, losing 15-6 and 6-3.
On Friday, senior Josh Smith tstarted for the Bisons. This was Smith’s fifth decision of the season. The win brought his record to 4-1 overall. Smith’s strikeout total, 15, was the highest for the Bison’s in four years.
ETSU got on the board early in the first, the Bisons, however, answered back with two runs in the third.
Kyle Henry started off the inning with a double to center. Henry moved over to third on a Tyler Wilson groundout. M.L. Williams then walked on four straight pitches. Lee Wilson drove in Henry on a single to right. Kyle Messer got the second RBI of the inning on a sac-fly that brought in Williams.
In the fourth, Henry reached base again on a triple. That hit brought in Hostettler and Hoelzer. Henry scored later on a sac-bunt courtesy of Tyler Wilson. Zach Messer then made a stir of the ballpark, getting a rare inside the park homerun. The hit brought in Lee Wilson and M.L. Williams.
Before the game was over ETSU had score 3 more runs, Lipscomb one more. Smith held on for the victory pitching 9 complete innings, giving up four runs on 5 hits.
The Bisons were back at it again on Saturday for a double header with ETSU. Alex Ross made the start for the Bisons giving up seven hits and five runs, all earned, in three innings of work.
After two innings the Bisons lead ETSU 2-1, however an eight run third inning downed Lipscomb.
After Ross left the game, Matt Bowling came and pitched one-third of an inning giving up four runs on three hits. Dannie Strable then came in for relief giving up three runs on two hits. Chad Fromm and Blake Fonfara finished the game up for the Bisons allowing 3 runs collectively.
Lipscomb however did manage to get six runs on the board. Tyler Wilson, Lee Wilson, Zach Messer and Andrew Nickerson all had a multiple hit game. Corey Hale along with Zach Messer had 2 RBI’s each.
In the second game Saturday it looked as if the Bisons had dealt with just about enough from ETSU, however another big fourth inning from the Bucs would propel them to a win.
Davey Hackett was on the mound for the Bisons in this one as ETSU grabbed an early lead in the second going up 1-0. Lipscomb added three in the third however to take the lead.
Zack Messer tripled to center with the bases loaded to bring in Lee Wilson, M.L. Williams and Kyle Henry.
ETSU, however, answered right back with a four run fourth inning to take the lead, 5-3.
ETSU would add one more run before Hackett would be pulled after seven innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Hackett struck out nine on the day.
The loss dropped the Bisons to 2-4 in the A-Sun and 7-17 overall.