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June 08, 2010
Lipscomb right-handed pitcher Josh Smith was drafted in the 21st round by the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday afternoon in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
May 25, 2010
Lipscomb senior pitcher Josh Smith and freshman right fielder Lee Wilson have both earned Atlantic Sun Conference honors. Smith was named to the All-Conference First Team as a starting pitcher. Wilson was named to the All-Freshman Team.
May 21, 2010
Tyler Wilson is the new single season stolen base record holder for the Lipscomb Bisons after stealing his 39th to tie the mark Friday afternoon at Campbell and then adding the record-breaking 40th. Ted Jamison stole 39 in 1971.
May 21, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons baseball team fell 5-4 in 10 innings at Campbell University Thursday. The Bisons end both the series and the season Friday at noon with a doubleheader against the Camels in Buies Creek, N.C.
May 19, 2010
Bobby Hamilton, named to the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002, is considered one of the greatest players to ever play in the Lipscomb baseball program. Named team MVP in 1977, he led the Bisons to the NAIA national championship in 1975, and again in 1978.
May 19, 2010
The Bisons needed more than nine innings to settle a bout with Austin Peay in the final home regular season game at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium. But in the end it was the Governors who came out on top with an 8-7 win in 10 innings.
May 15, 2010
The Bisons baseball team split a doubleheader with Mercer that spanned 10 hours, 59 minutes over two days at Dugan Field Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. The Bisons lost game one 7-4 before coming from behind to win game two 6-5.
May 14, 2010
At 7:03 p.m. Davey Hackett threw a strike to resume the baseball game between the Bisons and Mercer Bears that was placed in a rain delay at 1:54 p.m. A decision on whether to play a 2nd game will be made after the completion of game one.
May 13, 2010
The Mercer Bears defeated the Lipscomb Bisons 13-6 Thursday evening at Dugan Field. Prior to the game, senior second baseman Andrew Nickerson was awarded the Ken Dugan Award. Lipscomb and Mercer play a doubleheader Friday at 1 p.m.
May 12, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons defeated Kentucky 10-8 Wednesday evening in Lexington, Ky., for their seventh consecutive victory over the Wildcats. Senior Ryan Wilkins hit two home runs and drove in five runs.
May 10, 2010
Bisons baseball signee Chris Orphanos threw a five-inning perfect game Monday afternoon to lead Riverdale High School to a 10-0 win over La Vergne in the District 7-AAA tournament. Orphanos struck out eight of the 15 batters he faced.
May 08, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons baseball team exploded for 30 runs and 34 hits in a split of a doubleheader at North Florida Saturday afternoon. The Bisons lost the first game with North Florida 13-12 and won the second 18-8.
May 07, 2010
Lipscomb right-hander Josh Smith struck out 10 batters, but he also gave up nine hits and five runs as the Bisons lost 5-4 to North Florida Friday night in Jacksonville. T.J. Hoelzer drove in two runs and also led the Bisons with two hits.
May 07, 2010
With only nine Atlantic Sun games left on the regular season schedule the Lipscomb Bisons baseball team has to win as many as possible in order to earn a berth in the conference tournament.
May 02, 2010
Sunday's baseball game against Jacksonville has been rained out as torrential rains continue to fall on Nashville and flooding is prevalent. The game will not be rescheduled. The Bisons' next action is Friday at North Florida.
May 01, 2010
Over eight inches of rain has fallen in Nashville forcing game three between Lipscomb and Jacksonville to be moved to Sunday at noon at Ken Dugan Field. Senior Day activities will be held prior to the game.
April 30, 2010
Zach Messer hit three home runs, including a grand slam in game one, and drove in a combined seven runs, as the Lipscomb Bisons split an Atlantic Sun doubleheader with Jacksonville Friday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
April 30, 2010
Due to the potential for rain in the Nashville area this weekend, Lipscomb and Jacksonville will play a doubleheader Friday at Dugan Field. First pitch is 4 p.m. Game three of the series will be played Saturday at 3 p.m.
April 25, 2010
The Stetson Hatters scored 11 runs in three innings off the Lipscomb bullpen to complete the series sweep of the Bisons 14-5 at Melching Field in DeLand, Fla., Sunday afternoon.
April 24, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons offense struggled Saturday afternoon against the Stetson pitching staff in a 4-3 loss at Melching Field in DeLand, Fla.
April 23, 2010
The Bisons were unable to string together any timely hits until the final frame while the Stetson Hatters delivered when it counted as the Bisons fell 6-1 at Melching Field Friday evening in DeLand, Fla.
April 22, 2010
M.L. Williams has eight hits in his last four games and nine in his last six. He is batting .263 with eight doubles, one triple and one home run. He could be a No. 1 or No. 2 hitter, but Lipscomb Bisons coach Jeff Forehand likes him at No.9.
April 21, 2010
Coach Jeff Forehand got a win, but he also has found himself a dilemma - how to find more playing time for freshman infielder T.J. Hoelzer. He led all batters with four hits in four trips to the plate Wednesday night in a 7-4 win over UT-Martin.
April 20, 2010
Cory Hale slammed a double and a pair of home runs, including a grand slam in the ninth inning, to drive in a team season-high seven runs in a 13-10 loss to Vanderbilt Tuesday night at Dugan Field.
April 20, 2010
There will be more than a hint of nostalgia in the air Tuesday night at the Lipscomb Bisons and Vanderbilt Commodores will both wear older versions of their uniforms on “Turn Back the Clock” night at Ken Dugan Field at Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.
April 18, 2010
Down 7-0 the Lipscomb Bisons scored nine runs capped by a three-run homer by senior Ryan Wilkins in the 8th to take a 9-8 lead into the final frame. Florida Gulf Coast scored three runs in the 9th to win the game 11-9 and take the series win.
April 17, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons had the bases loaded in the ninth inning with one out, but could not capitalize as they fell 10-9 to Florida Gulf Coast Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
April 16, 2010
It was billed as a pitching duel with Florida Gulf Coast pitcher Chris Sale and Lipscomb pitcher Josh Smith, two of the top pitchers in the A-Sun, but it turned into a hitting battle with the Bisons prevailing 10-8.
April 15, 2010
The Bisons play a crucial three-game series starting Friday at 6 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The highlight will be the first game pitching duel between Florida Gulf Coast pitcher Chris Sale and Lipscomb's Josh Smith.
April 13, 2010
Lipscomb jumped out to a 3-0 lead against the Tennessee Vols, but it was a short-lived advantage.The Vols put six runs on the board in the bottom of the second and did not trail the rest of the way in a 16-7 win over the Bisons Tuesday night in Knoxville.
April 10, 2010
Sophomore righty Davey Hackett pitched both his first shutout and first complete game of his career in a 6-0 win over Kennesaw St. in game one. But the Bisons lost game two 12-11 in 11 innings. The Bisons won the A-Sun series 2-1 at Dugan Field.
April 09, 2010
Friday night is all right for baseball for the Lipscomb Bisons when senior right-hander Josh Smith is on the mound. He won his sixth game at Ken Dugan Field, holding off Kennesaw State 4-3 in the start of a three-game A-Sun series.
April 08, 2010
When the Lipscomb Bisons host Kennesaw State for a three-game series this weekend the starting rotation will have a slightly different look for an A-Sun series. Josh Smith remains as the No. 1 starter, but Davey Hackett has moved into the No. 2 slot for the second week in a row. Chris Nunn will be given the chance to start game three for the second week.
April 07, 2010
A six-run eighth inning, sparked by a grand slam home run, gave Tennessee Tech a 12-8 win over the Lipscomb Bisons Wednesday night at Bush Stadium in Cookeville.
April 06, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons were sparked in the ninth inning by a grand slam by Cory Hale but they fell one run short, 15-14, Tuesday night against Tennessee Tech. The two teams will have a rematch at 6 Wednesday night in Cookeville.
April 05, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons are approaching the week on a positive note after their first series sweep of this season this past weekend over Illinois State. The Bisons play Tennessee Tech at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium Tuesday at 6. The two teams play again Wednesday in Cookeville.
April 03, 2010
The Bisons took both games on Saturday against the Illinois State Redbirds to earn their first series sweep of the season. Sophomore right-hander Davey Hackett threw seven strong innings as the Bisons took game one 8-1.
April 03, 2010
The Bisons shook off a three-game losing streak Friday night with a 5-3 decision over non-conference foe Illinois State. Lipscomb senior Josh Smith mirrored his performance from last Friday night with another 15 strikeout outing.
April 01, 2010
The Wilson brothers have formed a dynamic offensive duo for the Lipscomb Bisons. Tyler and his younger brother Lee lead the Bisons in hitting. Lee, a freshman right fielder, is batting .397 and is No.1. Tyler, a .senior center fielder, is second with a .333 average, as they head into this weekend's games with Illinois State.
April 01, 2010
Despite 20 runs from 22 hits, the Lipscomb Bisons couldn't pull off a win in Murfreesboro Wednesday night against MTSU falling 21-20 in 12 innings.
March 30, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons don't know if they can stop MTSU's scoring, but they plan to slow the Raiders down when the two teams meet for the second time this season Wednesday night at 6 in Murfreesboro at Reese Smith Jr. Field.
March 27, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons jumped out to early leads in both games against ETSU Saturday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. But in both games the fourth inning changed the momentum in favor of ETSU in 15-6 and 6-3 wins. Zach Messer drove in five runs with two in the first and three in the second.
March 26, 2010
Lipscomb Bisons right-hander Josh Smith struck out 15 batters on the way to a complete game 9-4 win Friday night over ETSU at Ken Dugan Field. The two teams close out the three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader.
March 24, 2010
The Bisons traveled to Clarksville to take on Austin Peay tonight in a mid-week match up but fell to the Governors 4-3. M.L. Williams and Lee Wilson were both 2-4 for the Bisons.
March 23, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons pulled within one run of the Vanderbilt Commodores at 5-4, but lost 10-4 Tuesday night at Hawkins Field. The Bisons play their fifth straight road game Wednesday at 6 p.m. when they travel to Clarksville to play Austin Peay.
March 22, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons will be making the short trip to Vanderbilt Tuesday night at 6 for a game at Hawkins Field. Junior right-hander Chad Fromm will start for the Bisons.
March 20, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons fell 8-3 to Belmont in game one and 12-10 in game two Saturday at Shelby Park in their first A-Sun series of the season.
March 20, 2010
Through a mutual decision this morning the Lipscomb Bisons and Belmont Bruins will play a doubleheader today beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday's game was moved to the nightcap of the doubleheader due to the strong possibility of rainy and stormy weather. The games are being played at Shelby Park.
March 19, 2010
The Bisons were clicking in all areas Friday afternoon as they beat rival Belmont 12-3 at Shelby Park in their first A-Sun game of the season. Pitcher Josh Smith raised his record to 3-1 and Zach Messer tied for the team high in RBI with five.
March 18, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons will need to increase their intensity level this weekend as they open the Atlantic Sun Conference portion of the season against Belmont Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Shelby Park.
March 16, 2010
Call them the gritty Lipscomb Bisons. In their 18-15 loss to Middle Tennessee State Tuesday night they continued to show a resiliency they have demonstrated all season with eight runs and eight hits in the ninth inning.
March 16, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons have 21 new faces on the team this season, but coach Jeff Forehand thinks that after 15 games the word "new" is no longer a valid description for the team as they face Middle Tennessee State Tuesday at 4 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
March 13, 2010
The Bisons again connected for 11 hits, including a fourth inning grand slam by Ryan Wilkins, but lost 14-5 to Ball State in their final game Saturday evening at the Caravelle Resort Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina. (update to follow)
March 13, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons set team game highs for home runs, RBI and runs in a game, but it wasn't enough as they fell 17-14 in a slugfest with Michigan Saturday in the Caravelle Resort Classic at Watson Stadium in Conway, S.C.
March 12, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons opened the first day of the Caravelle Resort Classic with an 8-6 win Friday over Illinois at Watson Stadium in Conway, S.C. Josh Smith picked up the win.
March 11, 2010
The Bisons won't have much time to enjoy Myrtle Beach as they prepare to play Illinois Friday morning in the Caravelle Resort Classic. They will play Michigan Saturday at 11 a.m. and Ball State at 4.
March 10, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning Wednesday evening against Youngstown State and added six more runs along the way for an 8-2 victory at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. It was the 300th career victory for Bisons coach Jeff Forehand.
March 09, 2010
Dannie Strable put together a solid outing for the Bisons. He left the game in the seventh with the score tied 4-4. A grand slam in the eighth and solo run in the ninth were more than the Bisons could overcome in a 9-8 loss Tuesday at Dugan Field.
March 07, 2010
Zach Messer pounded out a pair of doubles and drove in five runs as the Lipscomb Bisons beat Canisius 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
March 06, 2010
Lipscomb Bisons coach Jeff Forehand is still searching for the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation after losing 12-4 Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
March 05, 2010
Right-handed pitcher Josh Smith shutdown Canisius for seven innings to spark the Lipscomb Bisons to a 7-1 win Friday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
March 04, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons beat UT-Martin 4-1 in 10 innings Wednesday night. They are hopeful that performance can carry them through this weekend's three-game series with Canisius at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
March 02, 2010
Tuesday's game between the Lipscomb Bisons and Tennessee-Martin in Martin, Tenn., will not be played due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled until Wednesday at 4 p.m.
February 28, 2010
After dropping the first two games of the series to Tulane in New Orleans, the Bisons came out scoring in the first inning of Sunday's game. Unfortunately, two runs in the first would not be enough to defeat the Green Wave.
February 27, 2010
Andrew Nickerson hit a solo home run, one of only four hits for the Bisons in a 10-1 loss at Tulane Saturday afternoon in New Orleans. The series ends Sunday at 11.
February 26, 2010
The Lipscomb Baseball team continued to search for their first win of the season tonight at Tulane University but fell short once again. Despite the strong pitching arm of senior Josh Smith, the Bisons fell 7-4 to the Green Wave of Tulane.
February 26, 2010
Lipscomb Bisons baseball coach Jeff Forehand is expecting the offense to get over its early season jitters and produce against a veteran Tulane pitching staff Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
February 24, 2010
Chris Snoddy worked as a student trainer for the Lipscomb athletics teams and also spent several years after graduation with the athletics department as the head trainer and a teacher in the kinesiology deparment. Snoddy spent some time to talk with LipscombSports.com about his time on campus.
February 21, 2010
Cory Hale hit his first home run in a Lipscomb uniform, but the Bisons dropped an 8-3 decision to Murray State Sunday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
February 20, 2010
The Bisons scored three runs in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as Murray State won 16-6 Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field. Bisons center fielder Tyler Wilson was the leader at the plate with five hits and two stolen bases. The series ends Sunday at 1.
February 19, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons opened the 2010 regular season with an 8-7 loss to Murray State at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. Matt Bowling will start for the Bisons Saturday at 2 p.m. as the series continues.
February 18, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons open a three-game series with Murray State Friday at 4 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. Senior right-hander Josh Smith will start the opener.
February 15, 2010
As the 2010 NCAA Baseball season approaches, the Atlantic Sun Conference takes a look at each team leading up to the start of the season Feb. 19. Today the A-Sun previews the Lipscomb Bisons.
February 12, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons baseball team will be holding Fan Appreciation Day Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
February 10, 2010
Farrell Owens graduated from Lipscomb in 1968 after playing for the Bison baseball program. Over the years Farrell has also been a great supporter of Lipscomb athletics, being a charter member of the Bison Booster Club and serving as the club's President in 1985 and 1986.
February 09, 2010
Former Lipscomb Bisons left-hander Rex Brothers doesn't know where he will pitch this year in the Colorado Rockies organization, but he has been told to prepare for a challenge.
February 03, 2010
The Lipscomb Bisons were picked to tie for sixth in the regular season in the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason poll. Senior-righthander Josh Smith was named to the preseason All-Conference Team as a starting pitcher.
February 01, 2010
January 29, 2010
Snowballs were more appropriate than baseballs at the first day of official practice for college teams. But the weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the Lipscomb Bisons.
January 27, 2010
Ted Jamison started for the Lipscomb baseball team as the lead-off hitter and center field from 1969 to 1972 under head coach Ken Dugan. Jamison was the first African-American to play baseball at Lipscomb and he is a member of the Lipscomb Hall of Fame.
January 23, 2010
Former Lipscomb pitcher and first round pick of the Colorado Rockies Rex Brothers will be the guest at Forehand & Friends on Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the Allen Arena Hall of Fame Room.
January 22, 2010
If he isn't the happiest non-roster player that got an invitation to the Orioles' Major League spring training camp, than he's right up there. Less than two years after being drafted in round seven in 2008, catcher Caleb Joseph will rub elbows with the big boys in Sarasota starting next month.
January 18, 2010
M.L. Williams spent the fall making the adjustment to playing left field after spending most of his life as an infielder. Coach Jeff Forehand thinks the sophomore is ready to make the transition, and hopes that it will elevate his offensive production at the lead-off spot.
January 06, 2010
Steve Fletcher graduated from Lipscomb in 1977 after a brilliant career both as a hitter and pitcher. During Steve's career the Bisons averaged an amazing 45 wins a season. Steve Fletcher will always be known for leading Lipscomb to their first National Championship and putting Lipscomb athletics on the map.
December 18, 2009
A combination of cold weather and rain has forced the cancellation of the Bison Holiday Baseball Camp.
December 03, 2009
Major League Baseball umpire Chuck Meriwether will be the special guest at the Forehand and Friends Luncheon on Dec. 11 at 11:30 in the the Allen Arena Hall of Fame Room.
November 30, 2009
Lipscomb's 10-7 victory over Georgia in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Regional was named the No. 6 most surprising upset of the decade by Rivals.com.
November 25, 2009
The Bisons baseball team will open at home against Murray State this season and then hit the road against Tulane. Other top teams on the schedule are Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois.
November 12, 2009
The Bisons added four right-handed pitchers to start the early signing period Wednesday. Coach Jeff Forehand expects all four to make an immediate impact in 2010-2011.
November 04, 2009
Don Cooper, the pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox, will be the guest speaker at the Forehand & Friends luncheon on Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in the Hall of Fame Room in Allen Arena.
October 28, 2009
With fall baseball practice winding down coach Jeff Forehand expects his team to have a potent combination of power and speed offensively.
October 27, 2009
A 70-year-old former Lipscomb baseball player relived some old memories Monday afternoon at Lipscomb's Intrasquad World Series.
October 26, 2009
The Lipscomb baseball squad will host an intrasquad World Series this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 26-28) on Ken Dugan Field. First pitch is 3:15 p.m. each day.
October 14, 2009
First round draft pick Rex Brothers is gone and so is veteran starter Brandon McClurg, but coach Jeff Forehand has loaded his pitching staff with depth for the 2010 season.
October 09, 2009
Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand has announced that Saturday's "Baseball Alumni" weekend activities have been canceled due to the rainy weather. Forehand wanted to thank everyone who participated in the golf tournament Saturday and invites everyone to return next year.
September 22, 2009
Former Lipscomb catcher Caleb Joseph is working this fall as a volunteer assistant coach with the Bisons. He hopes to start spring training with the Baltimore Orioles in February.
September 16, 2009
Former Lipscomb baseball player Caleb Joseph is in Baltimore, Md. , with his family to receive the Elrod Hendricks Community Service Award on "Minor League" Night Wednesday night at Camden Yards, the home of the Balitmore Orioles.
September 02, 2009
Right-handed pitcher Josh Smith didn't play in many games for the Sanford River Rats in the Florida Summer Collegiate League, but he made a strong impression as Baseball America named him to their "Summer Top Prospects" team.
September 01, 2009
Rex Brothers has played in Northwest League, a rookie team for the Colorado Rockies and is now pitching for the Asheville Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League. He will make another stop or two, but his final destination is Denver.
August 28, 2009
Fans of former Lipscomb left-hander Rex Brothers will have the opportunity to watch him along with his team, the Class A Asheville Tourists, when they visit Bowling Green for a three-game series Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
August 19, 2009
The Cotton States Baseball League has announced its first All-CSBL Team for the 2009 season.Two players with Lipscomb ties made the first team and two were named to the second team. The league, in its inaugural season, is based in Mississippi.
August 19, 2009
The annual Lipscomb Baseball Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble will be held on Friday Oct. 9 at Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn. A shotgun start will be held at 8 a.m. and the day will conclude with lunch and an awards ceremony.
August 17, 2009
Former Lipscomb standout Rex Brothers has moved up to the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League after opening his pro career in the Rookie-level Northwest League.
August 05, 2009
With fall semester approaching quickly several Bisons players have closed out their seasons in summer wooden bat leagues. Outfielder Tyler Wilson and pitcher Josh Smith both put up solid numbers in separate leagues.
July 31, 2009
Two months after closing his collegiate career with a solid outing at the Atlantic Sun Tournament in DeLand, Fla., Rex Brothers is 3,000 miles away starting his professional career for the Tri-City Dust Devils.
July 23, 2009
Lipscomb Bisons baseball coach Jeff Forehand has announced the addition of pitching coach Tyler Shrout, who has spent the past three seasons with Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala.
July 20, 2009
Several Lipscomb Bisons baseball players have earned honors in their respective summer leagues.
July 15, 2009
Former Lipscomb catcher Caleb Joseph continues to receive media attention as he plays this season for the Frederick Keys in Class A.
July 10, 2009
Former Lipscomb pitching standout Rex Brothers was on the road to Pasco, Wash., Friday where he will take the first steps of his professional career. He will play for the Tri-City Dust Devils, a Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, in the Northwest League.
July 08, 2009
Former Lipscomb left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers, the 34th overall pick in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies Tuesday afternoon.
July 07, 2009
Former Lipscomb pitching coach Lantz Wheeler has been named as the new pitching coach for Louisiana-Monroe, a Sunbelt Conference school.
July 07, 2009
Frederick Keys catcher Caleb Joseph occasionally lingers after games, assists the clubhouse attendant, orders some pizza and then crashes at the stadium. Talk about eating and sleeping baseball. "It's been about 30 percent of nights in the clubhouse at Frederick that I have spent the night on the couch," said Joseph, a 23-year-old right-handed hitter.