NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off a weekend sweep of ETSU, the Lipscomb baseball team continues action against in-state foes on Tuesday night with a trek to take on UT-Martin at Skyhawk Field.
The Bisons (21-12, 10-2 A-Sun) will send freshman southpaw John Pryor (1-1, 5.74 ERA) to the hill to take on the Skyhawk (3-26, 2-13 OVC) lefthander Chris Flores (0-0, 11.25 ERA).
Following the midweek tilt with the Skyhawks, the Bisons return home on Friday in a battle for the top spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference as co-leader Mercer comes to Dugan Field for a 3-game set.
Lipscomb – John Pryor – FR – LHP (1-1, 5.74 ERA, 26.2 IP, 26 K, 16 BB)
UT-Martin – Chris Flores – SO – LHP (0-0, 11.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 K, 7 BB)
- Redshirt juniors Josh Lee and Hunter Brothers were named the A-Sun Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in the sweep over ETSU. Lee went 9-for-14 on the week and had a hand in eight of the Bisons 20 runs scored in the series. Brothers dominated the Bucs on the hill on Saturday tossing a 2-hit shutout without allowing a base runner past first base. The awards are the first for both players and marks the first time in school history that the program has claimed both honors in the same week.
- Without allowing a walk this past weekend against ETSU, the Bison pitching staff has now tossed 29 innings without issuing a free pass.
- The Bisons sit atop the Atlantic Sun Conference rankings in slugging percentage (.441), on-base percentage (.404), runs scored (248), RBIs (218), doubles (69), triples (16), total bases (489) and walks (181). On the mound, Lipscomb leads the league in opposing batting average (.237) and fewest hits allowed (251).
- Lipscomb ranked fifth in the nation entering the week in double plays having turned 36 pitcher’s best friends.
- 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 16 times so far.
- A number of players rank among the nation’s leaders including junior shortstop Grant Massey who is ninth nationally in walks (28) and 13th in runs scored (35). Massey also ranks among A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: tied for second in doubles (12), fourth in on-base percentage (.468) stolen bases (9) and total bases (72).
- Senior outfielder Drew Adams is the nation’s eighth-best RBI man, knocking in 38 thus far on the year. In the A-Sun, Adams ranks tied for second in walks (26), third in triples (3), sixth in total bases (61) and runs scored (28).
- Junior second baseman Mike Korte ranks tied for second in the A-Sun in walks (23). Junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison is fifth in runs scored (30), and tied for eighth in RBIs (25).
- Redshirt-freshman catcher Tyler Bethune is tied for the league lead in sacrifice bunts (7) and has played a key role in the Bisons success this season. Bethune is hitting a team-leading .353 at the dish. He is second on the team with a .426 on-base percentage.
- Drawing 181 free passes entering the week, the Bisons ranked fourth nationally trailing only Tennessee Tech, Dallas Baptist and Florida State.
- With 69 doubles on the season, the Bisons entered the ranking ninth best in the nation.
- Lipscomb ranked fifth nationally coming into the week with 16 triples and tied for seventh in runs scored, plating 248 on the year.
- With a doubleheader sweep against Oakland on March 8, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up career win No. 400.