Thursday, May 01, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team gets set for a split three-game set with Tennessee Tech this weekend.
Friday and Saturday’s contests will be played at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. On Sunday, the Bisons will travel to Cookeville for a 2 p.m. matchup at Bush Stadium.
The Bisons (26-19) traveled to Cookeville for a midweek stop with TTU (34-12) back on Feb. 25. Lipscomb led the Golden Eagles 9-8 heading into the eighth inning before Tech tallied a run in each of the final two innings to take a 10-9 walk-off victory.
Lipscomb is coming off a series win over Northern Kentucky this past weekend to lock up a spot in the Atlantic Sun Championship in Fort Myers, Florida later this month.
Tennessee Tech, like Lipscomb, was idle this week and will enter the contest as the winner of seven of the last nine games after taking two-of-three from Murray State last weekend in Murray, Kentucky.
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Lipscomb – Ian Martinez-McGraw – RHP – (7-1, 4.12 ERA, 78.2 IP, 33 BB, 45 K)
Tennessee Tech – David Hess – RHP – (7-2, 2.93 ERA, 70.2 IP, 19 BB, 69 K)
Lipscomb – Hunter Brothers – RHP – (2-2, 4.91 ERA, 47.2 IP, 37 BB, 38 K)
Tennessee Tech – Chris Chism – RHP – (4-2, 4.93 ERA, 45.2 IP, 13 BB, 35 K)
Lipscomb – Denton Norman – RHP – (5-4, 2.88 ERA, 65.2 IP, 25 BB, 38 K)
Tennessee Tech – Kyle Keatts – RHP – (4-0, 2.10 ERA, 30.0 IP, 7 BB, 20 K)
Around the Horn:
- The two teams have met 17 times in the NCAA era with the Golden Eagles holding a 13-6 advantage in the all-time series. Close contests have been the norm between these two teams, with six of the last nine being decided by one run.
- Big innings have been a large part of the success for the team in 2014. Six times this season the Bisons have posted seven or more runs in a frame. Lipscomb has also scored four or more runs in an inning 18 times.
- The Bisons sit atop the Atlantic Sun Conference rankings in runs scored (286), RBIs (253) and walks (215). On the mound, Lipscomb leads the league in opposing batting average (.236) and fewest hits allowed (341).
- Lipscomb ranks sixth in the nation in double plays having turned 50 pitcher’s best friends.
- Junior shortstop Grant Massey ranks among the A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: tied for fourth in doubles (16) and stolen bases (11), sixth in runs scored (39), seventh in total bases (88) and 10th in hits (54).
- Massey is beginning to climb the Lipscomb career chart in just one season, ranking fifth in on-base percentage (.422) and 10th in batting average (.318).
- Senior outfielder Drew Adams ranks second in the A-Sun and 22nd in the nation with 45 RBIs. Adams ranks 10th on Lipscomb’s career RBI chart with 76. With six career triples Adams is just one shy of tying the school’s career record of seven.
- Lipscomb ranks eighth in the nation in walks, having drawn 215. Mike Korte (32), Massey (31), Adams (29) and Jonathan Allison (27) rank as the top four in the A-Sun in drawing free passes.
- Allison is tied for second in the conference with four triples and is just one shy of tying Lipscomb’s single-season record. Allison’s 36 runs scored rank eighth in the A-Sun.
- Friday’s starter Ian Martinez-McGraw (7) is one win shy of tying Josh Smith (8) for the most wins in a single-season.
- Senior Jacob Knott stands eighth on Lipscomb’s career-saves list with five.
- The Bisons rank 21st in the nation with 87 doubles this season.
- Lipscomb ranks 10th nationally with 18 triples and 22nd in runs scored, plating 286.
- With a doubleheader sweep against Oakland on March 8, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up career win No. 400.