Thursday, February 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of the first signs of spring is set to take place this week as the Lipscomb baseball team opens the 2014 season at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium hosting Evansville.
The three-game set gets underway with a 4 p.m. Valentine’s Day season opener followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.
To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373)
Series Starters (2013 Statistics):
Lipscomb –RS-SR – RHP – Jacob Knott – 2-1, 4.91 ERA, 51.1 IP, 53K, 43BB
Evansville – JR – LHP – Kyle Freeland – 4-8, 4.34 ERA, 93.1 IP, 84K, 26BB
Lipscomb – SR—RHP – Will Blalock – 2-5, 5.24 ERA, 77.1 IP, 53K, 43BB
Evansville – SO – RHP – Connor Strain – 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 7K, 11BB
Lipscomb – SO – Denton Norman – RHP – 2-1, 4.19 ERA, 38.2 IP, 20K, 11BB
Evansville – SR – Cole Isom – LHP – 4-6, 4.57 ERA, 69.0 IP, 48K, 25BB
- The Bisons and Purple Aces have met 11 times in the NCAA Division I era for Lipscomb with Evansville holding an 8-3 advantage in the series. The two teams last minute in 2012 with each team hosting a home game.
- The opening day lineup for Lipscomb is expected to feature only three returning starters from the 2013 season. Bison fans will recognize Austin Sistrunk at third base, Tyson Ashcraft at first base and Drew Adams in right field but the remaining crew will be relatively new to the Purple and Gold faithful.
- Jeff Forehand returns for his eighth season as skipper for the Bisons. The Nashville native is just eight wins away from his 400th career collegiate victory (392-370-1) heading into 2014. He is 173-224 in seven campaigns 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.
- 5-year-old Brooks Russell, will throw out the first pitch for the Bisons game on Saturday afternoon. The youngster was signed to a National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day by the Purple and Gold. Russell, a pediatric brain tumor survivor, has joined the Bisons for the 2014 season as part of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.