Forehand has a wealth of catching talent
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Forehand has a wealth of catching talent
Most college baseball coaches are happy to have a solid everyday catcher and a reliable backup on the roster.

Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand has four catchers on his roster this season and all have started at least one game. Logan Hostettler and Bennett Smith have each started three games. Brett Teschner has started two and Matt Brewer has started one.

"We have a lot of good options back there,” Forehand said. “They are almost interchangeable. Everybody wants to be the starter. We have talked a lot about that.

“Each one does one thing better than the other. We have four guys who are solid and four guys who can help in different areas.”

Forehand has his starting rotation set for this weekend when Purdue (5-2) visits with left-hander Richie Goodenow (0-1, 3.36 ERA in two starts) on the mound Friday. Right-hander Connor Sinclair (1-0, 0.00 ERA, two starts) could pass the school’s all-time record for consecutive scoreless innings Saturday afternoon. Right-hander Dannie Strable (2-0, 2.77 ERA, two starts) will close out the series Sunday.

Purdue will counter with three right-handers _ Matt Morgan (1-0, 1.86 ERA), Lance Breedlove (0-1, 13.50 ERA) and Brad Schreiber (2-0, 2.25 ERA).

Games times are 3 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium. The game schedule could be affected by expected inclement weather.

The Bisons, 6-3, enter the game with a three-game winning streak on the line.

Forehand expects to continue to look at all four of his catchers in game situations for at least the near future.

“It is not like it was when I first got here and Caleb Joseph had to catch every game,” Forehand said. “We can catch three different guys in a weekend. Spreading it out like this is going to make them better players.

“Hostettler has the most experience of the four, but no one has broken out of the pack yet,” Forehand said. “They are all different. Some of them hit better. Some of them throw better. Some of them are better receiving the ball. All four of them are going to have a vital role in what we do.”

Goodenow leads the Bisons in hitting with a .429 average. Goodenow and outfielder Ricky Coleman are tied for first in both home runs with two and runs batted in with eight.

Outfielder M.L. Williams has a nine-game hitting streak, the longest on the team, and is a perfect seven-of-seven in stolen bases.

Purdue’s Boilermakers have scored in double figures in six of their seven games this season.

Purdue and Lipscomb have met only one other time on the baseball field. Purdue won 1-0 in 2004 at Lipscomb to start the season.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.