BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Lipscomb baseball team looks to wrap up its eight-game road trip on Wednesday when the Bisons travel to Nick Denes Field at Western Kentucky. The first pitch is slated for 4 p.m.
Lipscomb is coming off an Atlantic Sun Conference series at USC Upstate this past weekend where the Bisons took two-of-three.
The Bisons (18-11, 7-2 A-Sun) and the Hilltoppers (14-14, 4-5 Sun Belt) have already met once this season on March 5 in Nashville. Lipscomb got a 10-strikeout performance from freshman John Pryor and defeated WKU 10-2.
In Lipscomb’s NCAA era, it has faced the Hilltoppers 16 times, holding a 10-6 advantage in the series. The Diamond Bisons have won four straight over the Hilltoppers and are looking to sweep the series for the second consecutive season.
Lipscomb – Jamie Young – FR – LHP – (0-1, 2.84 ERA, 6.1 IP, 6 K, 4 BB)
Western Kentucky – Ryan Thurston – FR – LHP – (0-0, 9.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 4 K, 5 BB)
Around the horn:
- Young will be drawing his first collegiate start against WKU. The freshman lefty has seen action in just two games this season. Last week at Middle Tennessee, Young worked 5.1 innings while only giving up one hit. He gave up two runs while recording five punch outs and walking four.
- The Bisons sit atop the Atlantic Sun Conference rankings in slugging percentage (.431), on-base percentage (.402), runs scored (226), RBIs (196), doubles (63), triples (13), total bases (424) and walks (161). On the mound, Lipscomb leads the league in opposing batting average (.239) and fewest hits allowed (224).
- Lipscomb also leads the league and ranks fourth in the nation in double plays having turned 32 pitcher’s best friends.
- Big innings have been a large part of the success for the team in 2014 so far. Five 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 16 times so far.
- A number of players rank among the nation’s leaders including junior shortstop Grant Massey who is fourth nationally in walks (28) and 11th in runs scored (32). Massey also ranks among A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: tied for second in doubles (11), tied for third in stolen bases (9), fifth in on-base percentage (.457) and sixth in total bases (56).
- Senior outfielder Drew Adams is the nation’s fifth-best RBI man, knocking in 35 thus far on the year. In the A-Sun, Adams ranks tied for third in walks (20) and triples (3), tied for sixth in home runs (3), seventh in total bases (54) and eighth in runs scored (24).
- Junior second baseman Mike Korte ranks second in the A-Sun in walks (23). Junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison is third in runs scored (28), tied for sixth in doubles (9) and tied for seventh in RBIs (22).
- Redshirt-freshman catcher Tyler Bethune leads the league in sacrifice bunts (7) and has played a key role in the Bisons success this season. Bethune is hitting a team-leading .364 at the dish. He is second on the team with a .545 on-base percentage.
- Having drawn 161 free passes on the season, the Bisons ranked fourth nationally coming into the week trailing only Tennessee Tech, Dallas Baptist and Florida State.
- With 63 doubles on the season, the Bisons enters the week tied for seventh in the nation with Georgia Southern and San Diego State.
- Lipscomb ranks sixth nationally with 13 triples and seventh in runs scored, plating 226 on the year.
- With a doubleheader sweep against Oakland on March 8, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up career win No. 400.