Thursday, March 22, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team continues home action this weekend welcoming Atlantic Sun Conference foe Mercer for the first league series in the “Music City” in 2012 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh stadium.
The Friday night contest scheduled for 6 p.m. first pitch features a battle between Lipscomb (7-14, 0-3 A-Sun) senior right-hander Connor Sinclair and Mercer (16-7, 1-2 A-Sun) sophomore righty Brandon Barker. Sinclair enters the game with a 2-1 mark on the season with a 2.90 ERA while Barker also boasts a 2-1 record with a 2.32 ERA.
“All of our conference series’ are big,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “Mercer’s got great numbers both hitting and pitching wise. They’re always a very good team and play at the top of our league.
“We’ve got a challenge at hand but we look forward to opening A-Sun play at home.”
Saturday’s 2 p.m. tilt will see a pair of southpaws take to the bump as junior Blake Fonfara will start for Lipscomb while Brandon Love gets the nod for the Bears. Fonfara comes into the weekend with a 1-3 mark on the season and a 7.45 ERA while Love is 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA for Mercer.
The three-game set concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with junior righty Josh Cotham throwing for the Bison and lefty David Randall on the hill for Mercer. Cotham heads into the series with a team=-best 2.63 ERA and a 1-2 record. Randall has been just as solid for the Bears with a 2.45 ERA and an identical 1-2 mark.
Lipscomb heads into the series looking to rebound from a three-game sweep in Macon, Ga., against the Bears last season. Senior outfielder M.L. Williams heads into the weekend with a chance to become the all-time leader in runs scored needing to cross the plate three times to tie Allen Bolden’s career mark of 144.
Tickets for each game of the series are $5 for ages 13 and up. Admission is free for those ages 12 and under. All three games of the series will be carried live on ASun.TV.