NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a rematch of last Tuesday night’s contest between midstate foes, the Lipscomb baseball team is set to continue road action on Tuesday night at Middle Tennessee at 6 p.m. at Reese Smith Jr. Field in Murfreesboro.
The Bisons will send junior righty Ian Martinez-McGraw to the hill to take on MTSU’s Matt Blackham.
The two teams met just last week at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium with Lipscomb taking a 9-3 win thanks to an 8-run second inning against the Blue Raiders.
Lipscomb – Ian Martinez-McGraw – JR – RHP – 3-1, 4.75 ERA, 41.2 IP, 24 K, 21 BB
Middle Tennessee – Matt Blackham – JR – RHP – 0-1, 5.65 ERA, 14.1 IP, 13 K, 14 BB
Around the horn:
- The Bisons head into Tuesday night’s contest looking to make it 6-straight wins over the Blue Raiders after taking a 9-3 decision last Tuesday night at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. Overall, Middle Tennessee holds a 14-11 advantage in the series in the NCAA era for the Bisons.
- Big innings have been a large part of the success for the team in 2014 so far. Five times this season the Bisons have posted seven or more runs in a frame. Lipscomb has also scored four or more runs in an inning 15 times so far.
- The Bisons sit atop the Atlantic Sun Conference rankings in on-base percentage (.405), runs scored (196), doubles (54), triples (12) and walks (144). Lipscomb also leads the league in double plays having turned 26 pitcher’s best friends. On the mound, Lipscomb ranks second in the league in opposing batting average (.241) and tied for the lead in runners picked off (6).
- A number of players rank among the league leaders including junior shortstop Grant Massey who leads the league in walks (23), ranks tied for the second in doubles (9) and runs scored (22) and sixth in on-base percentage (.437). Junior second baseman Mike Korte ranks second in the A-Sun in on-base percentage (.464) and walks (22) and ranks third in runs scored (24). Senior outfielder Drew Adams leads the league in RBIs (28), ranks tied for second in triples (3), and third in walks (19).
- After a February that saw the Bisons go 2-8, Lipscomb has gone 14-1 in the month of March. As a team, the Purple and Gold are hitting .312, fielding .970 and have posted a 3.31 ERA. The Bisons have outscored opponents 132-59. Senior outfielder Drew Adams has been a big part of the surge hitting .350 with 23 RBIs in March.
- The Bisons rolled off a 10-game win streak that was snapped last Saturday against Jacksonville. The streak is the longest in school history in the NCAA Division I era topping the previous record of seven set in 2007.
- Having drawn 144 free passes on the season, the Bisons ranked second nationally coming into the week trailing only Tennessee Tech (150) and ranking ahead of Florida State (141). Junior shortstop Grant Massey ranks fourth nationally with 23 just ahead of junior second baseman Mike Korte, who ranks tied for fifth in the nation with 22.
- With 54 doubles on the season, the Bisons entered the week tied for 10th in the nation with Georgia State.
- Lipscomb also ranked in the top-10 nationally in runs scored with 196 coming across the dish, sixth most in Division I.
- Lipscomb’s 12 triples ranks tied for fifth in the nation coming into the week along with Canisius, James Madison, Nebraksa and Kansas.
- The Bisons have turned 26 pitcher’s best friends so far in 2014. That figure ranks atop the Atlantic Sun and Lipscomb was tied for 8th nationally coming into the week.