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Bisons and FGCU battle for first in A-Sun baseball action
Florida Gulf Coast (35-19, 18-7 A-Sun)
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Lipscomb (29-25, 16-9 A-Sun)
5/15/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 231
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Win: MARTINEZ-MCGRAW (8-3) 6.1102214
Loss: MURRAY (12-1) 5.084415
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NOLL (FGCU) 512100
SUCHY (FGCU) 312020
HOFFNER (FGCU) 512201
BERGER (FGCU) 512000
ALLISON (LIP) 523100

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team is set to host its final regular season home stand this weekend when Atlantic Sun Conference leading Florida Gulf Coast invades Music City for a three-game set at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.

The series is scheduled to begin with a 6 p.m. first pitch Thursday night. The original start times for Friday and Saturday have been changed due to flight issues with FGCU’s return travel. Friday’s matchup has been moved up an hour to 5 p.m., while the series finale on Saturday will now be an early start at 10 a.m.

FGCU (35-18, 18-6 A-Sun) has been hot of late, winning seven of its last eight games and propelling the Eagles into the top spot in the conference standings.

The Bisons (28-25, 15-9 A-Sun) enter the weekend in third place in the league, but still have a chance to win the A-Sun out-right with a sweep over the Eagles and two Mercer losses at ETSU.

In the series opener on Thursday, the Bisons will face their stiffest test of the season when Mike Murray toes the rubber for the opposition. Murray, a four-time A-Sun Pitcher of the Week, will bring an unblemished 12-0 record with an eye-popping 1.14 ERA.

Lipscomb and FGCU have met 19 times in the all-time series history with the Eagles holding a 12-7 edge. The Green and Blue took two-of-three from the Bisons in last season’s regular season meeting, but it was Lipscomb who ended FGCU’s season with a 3-2 victory over the Eagles in the A-Sun Tournament.

Following the series with FGCU, the Bisons will return to action next week in the A-Sun Baseball Championship in Fort Myers, Florida.

All three contests will air on http://www.ASun.TV.  To purchase tickets logon to http://www.LipscombTickets.com

 

Probable Starters:

Thursday
Lipscomb – Ian Martinez-McGraw – RHP – (7-3, 4.15 ERA, 89.0 IP, 51 K, 34 BB)
FGCU – Mike Murray –RHP – (12-0, 1.14 ERA, 95.2 IP, 73 K, 12 BB)

Friday
Lipscomb – Hunter Brothers – RHP – (3-2, 4.72 ERA, 55.1 IP, 46 K, 44 BB)
FGCU – Brady Anderson – RHP – (4-2, 2.47 ERA, 54.2 IP, 41 K, 9 BB)

Saturday
Lipscomb – Denton Norman – RHP – (6-5, 3.32 ERA, 78.2 IP, 46 K, 28 BB)
FGCU – TBA

 

Around the horn: 

  • The two teams have met 19 times in the NCAA era with the Eagles holding a 12-7 advantage in the all-time series.  The Bisons lost two-of-three to FGCU last season, but ended FGCU’s season with a 3-2 victory over the Eagles in the A-Sun Tournament.
  • 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 walks (240). On the mound, Lipscomb leads the league in opposing batting average (.244) and fewest hits allowed (419).
  •  Lipscomb ranks fourth in the nation entering the weekend in double plays having turned 57 pitcher’s best friends.
  • Junior shortstop Grant Massey ranks among the A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: tied for fifth  in doubles (16), fifth in stolen bases (12) and eighth in runs scored (41).
  • Massey is beginning to climb the Lipscomb career chart in just one season, ranking fifth in on-base percentage (.418) and 10th in batting average (.309).
  • Senior outfielder Drew Adams ranks fifth in the A-Sun and 59th in the nation with 45 RBIs. Adams ranks 10th on Lipscomb’s career RBI chart with 76, one behind current graduate assistant Branden Cadavid. With six career triples Adams is just one shy of tying the school’s career record of seven.  
  • Lipscomb ranks ninth in the nation in walks, having drawn 240. Massey (37), Mike Korte (34) and Adams (34) rank as the top three in the A-Sun in drawing free passes.
  • Allison is tied for fourth in the conference with four triples and is just one shy of tying Lipscomb’s single-season record.
  • Senior Jacob Knott stands eighth on Lipscomb’s career-saves list with five.
  • The Bisons rank 34th in the nation with 96 doubles this season.
  • Lipscomb ranks 15th nationally with 18 triples and 41st in runs scored, plating 307.
  • With a doubleheader sweep against Oakland on March 8, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up career win No. 400.

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