Thursday, March 06, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team is set to continue home action this weekend hosting Oakland for the first time in a four-game set that begins on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
The series continues on Saturday at Noon with a twinbill before concluding on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
The Bisons enter the series 5-8 on the season having picked up four wins in the last five outings. Oakland heads to the Music City 4-4 on the year having made trips to Oklahoma State and New Mexico State to start the season.
- The Bisons continue home action this weekend hosting Oakland for a four-game series as part of a nine-game homestand.
- This weekend marks the first-ever meeting between the Bisons and Golden Grizzlies
- Junior shortstop Grant Massey carried a hot bat last week going 8-for-18 at the plate with five extra-base hits, five runs, seven walks and three RBI’s. Massey was named A-Sun Player of the Week on Monday for his stellar performance last week.
- The Bisons are set to send junior Ian Martinez-McGraw to the hill in game one for his second-straight Friday-night start. Saturday will see redshirt junior Hunter Brothers and junior southpaw Nick Andros get the nod. Sophomore Denton Norman will finish out the weekend on Sunday. The start for Andros will be his first start in Purple and Gold.
- Jonathan Allison leads the A-Sun with seven doubles and is tied for third with 11 RBI’s .Grant Massey (16), Drew Adams (14) and Mike Korte (11) are the league’s best at drawing free passes with Massey leading the conference. Tyson Ashcraft ranks tied for second with three dingers. Massey also ranks fourth in on-base percentage
- The Bisons picked up the first series victory of the season last weekend knocking off UConn on back-to-back days. The Huskies took the opening game 6-4 in 10 innings on Friday. On Saturday in the 10th inning, senior Chad Shannon drew a bases-loaded walk to give Lipscomb a 4-3 victory. In the rain-soaked rubber match on Sunday and Lipscomb leading 2-0 in the eighth inning, the Bisons bats exploded for 10 hits (five extra-base hits) and 12 runs to win 14-1 and take the series.
- Jeff Forehand returns for his eighth season as skipper for the Bisons. The Nashville native is just three wins away from his 400th career collegiate victory (396-370-1). He is 177-232 in his eighth campagin with Lipscomb.
- The Bisons were tabbed to finish seventh in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings by the league’s coaches. Mercer was picked to repeat as league champions with seven first-place votes. The Bears were followed by North Florida and FGCU to round out the top three.
- On national signing day, the Bisons added a 5-star recruit to the squad as cancer survivor Brooks Russell signed his National Letter of Intent in front of a packed room of Lipscomb supporters. Russell inked his name on the NLI and then took time to chat with the throng of media and sign some autographs for his adoring fans. The youngest member of the Bisons team was also on hand for opening day to throw out the first pitch. Russell was partnered with Lipscomb baseball through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation that partners cancer patients and survivors with collegiate sports teams.
- The Bisons 2015 class signed last fall became the first group to rank in the top-100 rankings by Perfect Game. Lipscomb finished ranked 81st trailing only Vanderbilt and Tennessee inside the state lines.