NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team is set to make the short trek across town to take on No. 9 Vanderbilt on Wednesday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
The Bisons (0-3) head into the mid-week tilt having dropped a trio of contests to Evansville over the weekend while Vanderbilt returns for their season opener having swept Long Beach State on the West coast.
Lipscomb - Ian Martinez-McGraw (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
Vanderbilt - Walker Buehler - (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K)
- Wednesday afternoon’s contest marks the first 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 18 times in the NCAA era for the Bisons. Vanderbilt owns a 16-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Bisons are 1-9 all-time at Hawkins Field with the lone win coming in 2006.
- The 2013 contest between the Bisons and Dores saw Vandy come out on top 4-1 in a game that saw the execution of the rare triple steal.
- RS-Junior Josh Lee returns to face his former team on Wednesday. Lee signed with Vandy and played for the Dores in 2012 before transferring to Central Arizona College.
- The Bisons return home this weekend hosting part of the 2014 “Mule Mix Classic” in conjunction with Belmont and Middle Tennessee. The event opens with a Friday afternoon contest against Indiana State before a matinee game against Dayton on Saturday. The event concludes with a tilt against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday.
- Jeff Forehand returns for his eighth season as skipper for the Bisons. The Nashville native is just eight wins away from his 400th career collegiate victory (392-370-1) heading into 2014. He is 173-224 in seven campaigns with Lipscomb.
- 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.