Spring has come early to the Lipscomb campus in a variety of ways.
The weather is sunny and the temperature is warm. And Friday afternoon at 3 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium the Bisons will open the 2011 season against Dayton.
Saturday the Bisons will face both Dayton at 11 a.m.and Bradley at 2 p.m.. They will close out the home stand Sundfay against Bradley.
Richie Goodenow will make his first start for the Bisons and only the second collegiate start in his career. The senior left-hander came to Lipscomb from Vanderbilt for his last year of eligibility.
Junior college transfer Connor Sinclair, a right-hander, and Dannie Strable, also a right-hander will start Saturday’s games. Benjamin Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, has earned a starting opportunity Sunday.
Dayton finished the 2010 season with a 23-32 record. They had a 12-15 worksheet in the Atlantic 10.
Bradley’s overall record in 2010 was 20-32 with an 8-13 record in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Lipscomb is out to rebound from a 19-36 overall record last season and a 9-17 Atlantic Sun Conference record.
No regular members of weekend rotation from last season are ready to play. Right-hander Davey Hackett, a member of the rotation last season, is still sidelined.
“We have 16 pitchers and four guys are going to be starters,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “The four starters could be different each week.”
While starting pitching is always a concern, Forehand is counting on his bullpen to make the difference.
“I have challenged the 12 pitchers in the bullpen to be the best bullpen in the conference,” Forehand said. “I want that to be a collective challenge. I want them to take pride in it.
“A starter can’t win a game, but a relief guy can come in and be in a position where he can. I would love to see our starters throw complete game s, but that is not really going to happen early.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.