Thursday, March 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Riding a school record 8-game win streak, the Lipscomb baseball team returns home to open Atlantic Sun Conference play hosting Jacksonville for a three-game series at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
Game one of the series between the Bisons (10-8, 0-0 A-Sun) and Dolphins (4-10, 0-0 A-Sun) is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch and will air on http://www.ASun.TV Saturday’s game is schedule for a 2 p.m. start followed by an early Noon start on Sunday. That contest will also be available online.
Lipscomb – RHP – Ian Martinez-McGraw (1-1, 4.82 ERA, 28.0 IP, 19 K, 16 BB)
Jacksonville – LHP - Josh Baker (1-0, 1.31 ERA, 20.2 IP, 9 K, 5 BB)
Lipscomb – RHP – Hunter Brothers (0-0, 8.36 ERA, 14.0 IP, 7 K, 15 BB)
Jacksonville – RHP – Alex McRae (1-3, 5.09 ERA, 23.0 IP, 22 K, 10 BB)
Lipscomb – RHP – Denton Norman (2-1, 2.14 ERA, 21.0 IP, 14 K, 9 BB)
Jacksonville – RHP - Justin Russell (2-1, 4.91 ERA, 18.1 IP, 13 K, 9 BB)
Around the horn:
- Tuesday night’s win at Austin Peay snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Governors and marked the first win in Clarksville for the Bisons since 2006. Lipscomb trailed 6-4 heading into the eighth when Grant Massey ripped a 2-out, 2-RBI double to knot the game at 6-6. The bats then erupted for an 8-run top of the ninth including a two-run blast from Griffin Moore to get things started and seal the win.
- With Tuesday night’s win at Austin Peay, the Bisons put the eighth-straight notch in the win column for the first time in the NCAA Division I era. The previous high of seven games was set during the 2007 season.
- Senior outfielder Drew Adams was named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts in leading the Bisons to a 5-0 finish last week. The veteran hit .389 with 10 RBIs, 2 triples and a home run. The award marks the second-straight week that a Bison has picked up the honor after Grant Massey did so a week ago. It is the first time in school history that the Bisons have claimed back-to-back A-Sun Player of the Week honors.
- Junior shortstop Grant Massey has shown tremendous patience early in the season and leads the Atlantic Sun and ranks second nationally this week 20 walks. He ranks just ahead of fellow middle infielder Mike Korte, who’s 17 walks rank him second in the league and tied for eighth in the country. As a team, the Bisons rank fourth in the nation in team walks this week trailing Oregon State, Dallas Baptist and Mississippi State.
- With 41 doubles on the season, the Bisons entered the week tied for second in the nation with Vanderbilt and trail only Kentucky’s 45. Lipscomb also ranked in the top five nationally in runs scored with 127 coming across the dish.
- Lipscomb’s 11 triples ranks tied for tops in the nation coming into the week along with Arizona, Texas Tech and Long Beach State.
- The Bisons have turned 17 pitcher’s best friends so far in 2014. That figure ranks atop the Atlantic Sun and Lipscomb was tied for 17th nationally coming into the week.
- The Purple and Gold lead the Atlantic Sun Conference in batting average (.299), runs (141), doubles (44), triples (11) and walks (107).
- Grant Massey enters the weekend leading the league in walks (20) and tied for the league lead in doubles (8). He also ranks in the top-10 in runs scored (2nd-18) in on-base percentage (5th-.476). Drew Adams sits second in the league in RBIs (20), tied for first in triples (3) and tied for third in walks (14).
- Tyson Ashcraft is third in slugging percentage (.571), seventh in RBIs (15), tied for fifth in doubles (6), tied for second in home runs (3) and second in total bases (40). Mike Korte ranks third in on-base percentage (.482), tied for third in runs scored (17) and second in walks (17).
- With a doubleheader sweep against Oakland on March 8, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up career win No. 400.