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Kent State (2-2)
2/24/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 308
Kent State (3-2)
2/25/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 324
Kent State (4-2)
2/26/2012 | Nashville, TN | Attendance: 381
Thursday, February 23, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team welcomes an unfamiliar foe to “Music City USA” this weekend as Kent State comes to Nashville for a three-game set at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in only the third time the teams have ever met.
The first meeting of the Bison (3-1) and Golden Flames (2-1) gets underway Friday afternoon at 4 p.m followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.
“Coach Stricklin’s ties here go back years ago at Vanderbilt,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “We’ve got a relationship going back to back then and he’s moved on to Georgia Tech and Kent State. He’s established a mid-major power there with what they accomplished last year taking Texas to the brink.”
A 2011 NCAA Regional finalist in the Austin Regional hosted by Texas, Kent State comes into the weekend after splitting with Georgia Tech and downing Winthrop to start the season.
“They’re going to be a solid team,” said Forehand. “We get a chance to play a really good team on our field and that’s exciting for us. I think it will be a good measuring stick for how the top teams are going to be in our conference. Kent State presents a challenge in a lot of ways.”
Lipscomb will send senior righty Connor Sinclair (1-0) to the hill in the series opener facing off against Kent State All-American southpaw David Starn (1-0), who earned MAC East Division Player of the Week for his eight-inning shutout performance against then No. 9 Georgia Tech. Sinclair was no slouch in his debut either as the veteran got the win in the season opener for Lipscomb with six innings of shutout ball.
Saturday’s game will see Lipscomb junior lefty Blake Fonfara (0-0) take the hill against Kent State’s Ryan Bores (0-1). Fonfara went four innings in last Saturday’s loss for the Bison allowing one run before he left the game with a 2-1 lead. Bores was roughed up by the Yellow Jackets giving up five runs and eight hits in six innings of work.
Junior Josh Cotham (0-0) will get the nod on Sunday for Lipscomb after a solid outing on Tuesday night against Middle Tennessee that saw the righty give up one run and three hits in five innings of work while fanning eight Blue Raiders. Sophomore righthander Tyler Skulina (1-0) will throw for Kent State on Sunday after winning against Winthrop last weekend. Skulina went seven innings allowing three runs and five hits while notching five strikeouts.
All three games will be broadcast live on http://www.ASun.TV with Craig Hartline handling the play-by-play. Tickets are $5 for ages 13+ and free for those ages 12 and under. Click here to purchase tickets online.