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Friday, March 25, 2011Friday nights have been anything but all right for Lipscomb left-hander Richie Goodenow.
Goodenow, a reliever for the Vanderbilt Commodores, made the move to Lipscomb this season in order to get a chance to start. Heading into tonight’s game at Jacksonville at 5:30 at John Sessions Stadium he is 0-4 with a 5.29 average.
He has made five starts. In 34 innings he has given up 34 hits and struck out 40. He has walked eight.
“Richie is a smart and mature player,” Bisons’ pitching coach Tyler Shrout said. “He absolutely loves the challenge. He wants to be the guy on Friday night.”
In his last two outings against Kennesaw State and Ole Miss he has allowed five runs in one inning. That is not a trend that Shrout expects will continue.
“He has had two games where he couldn’t get out of an inning,” Shrout said. “He has pitched better than what the end result has been. It has not been great, but he has to fight through it when he gives up a couple of hits or a couple of runs in an inning.
“He has to forget what happened in the past. He can’t control what happened with the last couple of batters whether it was a walk, an error or a couple of hits. He just has to keep moving forward one pitch at a time. “
Both Shrout and head coach Jeff Forehand are surprised that Goodenow is still looking for his first win.
“Hitters are not batting well against him,” Shrout said. “But we aren’t scoring any runs for him.
“Hopefully, we can get a couple of runs early for him because we have never done that. He has always been pitching with a small margin of error.”
Shrout thinks that Goodenow’s last two outings will be a strong motivation when he faces Jacksonville.
“I know right now he wants to make up for what happened in the last two appearances,” Shrout said. “I know that has been on his mind.
“He has had success as a reliever. But he really wants to have success as a starter and I think he is absolutely capable of doing it.”
At the plate Goodenow has excelled. He is leading the team in hitting. He leads the Bisons in batting with a .384 average, slugging percentage (.548), on base percentage (.439) and runs batted in (13). He is tied with M.L. Williams for the team lead in hits with 28. He is tied with Williams and Tennyson Dodd for the doubles lead with six.
“Richie can think like a hitter when he is deciding what pitch to throw,” Shrout said. “I think that is something that is important to him.”
The Bisons, 7-14, 0-3 in the A-Sun, will continue the series with Jacksonville Saturday and Sunday. Games on both days will begin at noon.
Jacksonville is 13-8, 4-2 in the conference. They hold a 16-5 advantage in the series overall with the Bisons. Only Friday’s game will be available on A-Sun TV.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.