When putting together a starting rotation for the Lipscomb Bisons for the 2011 season coach Jeff Forehand has gone with someone new, someone borrowed, someone old and someone renewed.
Technically, left-hander Richie Goodenow was borrowed. He chose to transfer from Vanderbilt to play his final season of eligibility at Lipscomb. Primarily a reliever for the Commodores Goodenow is already settling into the No. 1 starter’s role.
He will be on the mound Friday at 4 p.m. when the Bisons play Marshall, 2-1, in the first of a three-game series at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The Bisons enter the series 3-2. This is the first time Marshall and Lipscomb have met on the baseball field.
“Richie’s main thing is the command of his pitches,” Bisons pitching coach Tyler Shrout said. “He has a lot of movement on his fastball.
“But his best pitch is his breaking ball. That is what allowed him to be so successful in the Southeastern Conference. He has developed a change-up. He is a three-pitch guy. He is going to have a lot of eight-to-10 pitch innings.
Goodenow is also a leader on the team as the pitchers follow his example.
“Richie has professionalism in what he does,” Shrout said. “He doesn’t talk a lot. But the young guys look up to him because of how he gets his work done and how he prepares to pitch.
“He has been an influential guy for all of our left-hander pitchers. He is absolutely a competitor.”
The someone new is Connor Sinclair, a right-hander who transferred from Butler Community College for this season.
“Whether you come in as a freshman or as a junior college guy the Atlantic Sun is an adjustment,” Shrout said. “I don’t care how good you are it is a higher level of baseball.
“He throws strikes with three pitches. He is a bulldog on the mound. Right now, he is a good follow-up to Goodenow.”
Right-hander Dannie Strable, who is the third pitcher in the rotation, has shown a renewal from last season, especially in his mental approach to the game. He came to the Bisons last year after playing his freshman year at Iowa Central Community College.
Strable started 13 games last season, but appears to be more confident in his mental approach this season.
“I was prouder of Strable than anyone this past weekend,” Shrout said. “He has an 88-to-90 miles per hour fastball. He has a good change-up and a good slider.
“The biggest difference for Stable is confidence. His stuff has always been the same. Now he knows he can do it.”
Junior Davey Hackett, who is expected to start throwing in live situations this weekend, is the someone old. He started 14 games last season.
Hackett is recovering from an injury. He is expected to start doing some live throwing in practice. The goal is for him to be ready to go before the Atlantic Sun portion of the season begins.
“Hackett will start in a relieving role,” Shrout said. “He will see hitters in a simulated game sometime this weekend before we play Marshall.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.