Monday, February 24, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team is set for a quick trip to Cookeville on Tuesday for a nonconference tilt against in-state foe Tennessee Tech at 3 p.m. at Bush Stadium.
The Golden Eagles head into the contest 7-1 on the season after winning 40 games last season. The Bisons look to get back in the win column after a 1-6 start to the 2014 campaign.
Following the trip down I-40, the Bisons return home on Thursday to take on Alabama A&M at 2:30 p.m. That game was originally set for a Wednesday afternoon contest but was moved back due to the frigid forecast.
Lipscomb – Hunter Brothers (0-0, 11.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K)
Tennessee Tech – Evan Fraliex - (0-0, 9.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)
- Wednesday afternoon’s contest marks the second of only eight nonconference road contests for the Bisons in 2013-14. Of those eight games, only one, the short trip to Bowling Green, Ky., is outside the state lines.
- The two teams have met 16 times in the NCAA era with the Golden Eagles holding a 12-6 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams split a pair of contests last season with each team defending their home turf. Close contests have been the norm with five of the last eight decided by one run.
- The Bisons return home on Thursday to take on Alabama A&M at 2:30 p.m. The contest was originally slated for a 4 p.m. contest on Wednesday but was postponed due to frigid forecast conditions. Lipscomb welcomes UConn this weekend for a three-game set at Dugan Field.
- Jeff Forehand returns for his eighth season as skipper for the Bisons. The Nashville native is just seven wins away from his 400th career collegiate victory (392-370-1) heading into 2014.
- 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.
- On national signing day, the Bisons added a 5-star recruit to the squad as cancer survivor Brooks Russell signed his National Letter of Intent in front of a packed room of Lipscomb supporters. Russell inked his name on the NLI and then took time to chat with the throng of media and sign some autographs for his adoring fans. The youngest member of the Bisons team was also on hand for opening day to throw out the first pitch. Russell was partnered with Lipscomb baseball through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation that partners cancer patients and survivors with collegiate sports teams.
- The Bisons 2015 class signed last fall became the first group to rank in the top-100 rankings by Perfect Game. Lipscomb finished ranked 81st trailing only Vanderbilt and Tennessee inside the state lines.