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Thursday, May 05, 2011
The Lipscomb baseball team returns to Atlantic Sun Conference action this weekend as they host Campbell in a three-game series at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium.
Friday and Saturday’s games will start at 6 p.m., while Sunday’s game will begin at Noon. In honor of Mother’s Day, admission will be free for everyone on Sunday.
The Bisons (15-29, 5-16 A-Sun) did not play a mid-week game this week due to exams. Head coach Jeff Forehand said the team has responded well after the time off.
“After we got beat Sunday we took two days off,” Forehand said. “We always want to get back out there and try to get back to it, but we gave them two days off to get some preparations for exams.”
“We had a little more spirited practice today. I thought we had a really good practice today. The guys are excited about playing again. Hopefully we can get back on track again Friday night.”
The Bisons are coming off a disappointing home series to Belmont last weekend in which the Bruins took the final two games on the weekend. Lipscomb won Friday night’s contest in a dramatic bottom of the ninth comeback. Belmont led 8-6 approaching the last half inning, but some timely hitting brought three runs in and the Bisons won 9-8. However, Belmont bounced back to win the next two games and take the series 2-1.
Lipscomb has lost five out of its last six A-Sun games. With only nine games conference games remaining, the Bisons know the importance of every single game.
“We have got to play one game at a time,” Forehand said. “It sounds cliché, but we need to be putting our best effort in every game and coming away with a win. I hope the guys continue to feel the sense of urgency in every game.”
Offensively the Bisons are led by upperclassmen Richie Goodenow and M.L. Williams. As Lipscomb’s designated hitter, Goodenow holds a .373 batting average with a team-leading .418 on base percentage. Williams leads the Bisons in hits with 68 and has a .364 batting average.
Lipscomb right-handed junior Connor Sinclair will get the nod for Friday night once again this weekend. Sophomore leftie Blake Fonfara will start Saturday’s contest. Sunday’s starter has yet to be determined.
A Closer Look at Campbell:
Campbell (15-28, 2-19 A-Sun) will make their final trip to the Music City as members of the Atlantic Sun. The Fighting Camels have lost their last nine games and are 3-14 on the road this season.
Despite being in last place in the Atlantic Sun, Forehand said Campbell is a better team than their record shows.
“Campbell is a very well coached team,” Forehand said. “You look at their record, and I throw all of that out. They will be prepared. Anybody in this league is capable of beating anybody.”
Offensively, the Fighting Camels are led by senior infielder Ellis Lowe who has broken numerous records at Campbell throughout his career, including the school’s all-time leader in runs batted in.
In game three of the Camels' series with Belmont, Lowe clubbed a two-run home run to pass Jeff Huff's (1998-01) RBI mark of 167. The San Diego, Calif. native is also the Camels' career leader in hits, doubles, runs, total bases and at-bats. Lowe’s 320 career hits makes him the NCAA’s active leader in that respective category.
“In the top players in our league, Lowe is one of them.” Forehand said. “He is a hard worker, solid defender, tough out at the plate, and he is a guy everyone would love to have on their team.”
Lowe will also finish as one of the top hitters in A-Sun baseball history. With 13 games remaining on the Campbell schedule, Lowe stands third in hits (No. 1 Ned French, Stetson, 340), fourth in doubles (No. 1 Frank Corr, Stetson, 79), eighth in at-bats (No. 1 Shane Jordan, Stetson, 995) and 19th in batting average with a .366 career mark (No. 1 Derrell Baker, Georgia Southern, .425).
All of this week’s action will be carried on the Lipscomb Sports Network as well as A-Sun TV.