NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference on the line, the Lipscomb baseball returns home on Friday night to start a three-game conference series with league co-leader Mercer at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
First pitch on Friday night is set for 6 p.m. between the Bisons (22-12, 10-2 A-Sun) and Bears (27-8, 10-2 A-Sun). The series continues on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. before wrapping up on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Lipscomb campus.
Friday night and Sunday afternoon’s contests will air on http://www.ASun.TV To purchase tickets logon to http://www.LipscombTickets.com
Lipscomb – Ian Martinez-McGraw – JR – RHP – (5-1, 5.01 ERA, 55.2 IP, 32 K, 26 BB)
Mercer – Brandon Barker – SR – RHP – (3-1, 3.34 ERA, 35.0 IP, 29 K, 7 BB)
Lipscomb – Hunter Brothers – RS-JR – RHP – (1-1, 5.35 ERA, 35.1 IP, 24 K, 28 BB)
Mercer – Grant Papelian – JR – LHP – (3-1, 4.68 ERA, 42.1 IP, 21 K, 11 BB)
Lipscomb – Denton Norman – SO – RHP – (5-1, 2.79 ERA, 48.1 IP, 27 K, 16 BB)
Mercer – Eric Nyquist – JR – RHP – (5-0, 3.73 ERA, 50.2 IP, 26 K, 10 BB)
Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb and Mercer have met 30 times in the series history. Although the Bears hold a 17-13 advantage, the Bisons have won four of the past six meetings, including a sweep in 2012 the last time Mercer visited Music City.
- Big innings have been a large part of the success for the team in 2014 so far. Six 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 18 times so far.
- The Bisons sit atop the Atlantic Sun Conference rankings in batting average (.300), slugging percentage (.441), on-base percentage (.406), runs scored (260), RBIs (229), doubles (73), triples (16), total bases (506) and walks (188). On the mound, Lipscomb leads the league in opposing batting average (.234) and fewest hits allowed (255).
- Lipscomb ranks fifth in the nation in double plays having turned 36 pitcher’s best friends.
- A number of players rank among the nation’s leaders including junior shortstop Grant Massey who is tied for first in the nation in walks (31) and 13th in runs scored (36). Massey also ranks among A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: second in on-base percentage (.482), tied for fourth in doubles (12), stolen bases(9) and total bases (74).
- Senior outfielder Drew Adams is the nation’s fourth-best RBI man, knocking in 41 thus far on the year. In the A-Sun, Adams ranks third in walks (26), triples (3), sixth in runs scored (29) and eighth in total bases (64).
- Junior second baseman Mike Korte ranks third in the A-Sun in walks (27). Junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison is fourth in runs scored (32) and RBIs (29).
- Redshirt-freshman catcher Tyler Bethune is tied for the league lead in sacrifice bunts (8) and has played a key role in the Bisons success this season. Bethune is second on the team hitting .346 at the dish. He is also second with a .519 slugging percentage.
- Lipscomb’s .407 on-base percentage is the ninth best team total in the nation.
- Drawing 188 free passes on the season, the Bisons rank third nationally trailing only Tennessee Tech and Florida State.
- With 73 doubles on the season, the Bisons entered the rank seventh in the nation.
- Lipscomb ranks fifth nationally with 16 triples and tied for seventh in runs scored, plating 260 on the year.
- With a doubleheader sweep against Oakland on March 8, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up career win No. 400.