Baseball set to host Belmont in midweek tilt
Monday, April 14, 2014
Baseball set to host Belmont in midweek tilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – The Lipscomb baseball team takes a break from conference play Tuesday to host Belmont at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in a 4 p.m. tilt.

Originally scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday’s game was moved up two hours due to the anticipated drop in temperature.

The non-conference tilt will feature a matchup between Lipscomb freshman southpaw John Pryor and Belmont junior righty Chase Cunningham. The Bruins enter the contest at 15-20 on the season.

The Bisons (24-13, 12-3) return to league play this weekend for a three-game set at Stetson.

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Probable Starters:

Lipscomb – John Pryor – FR – LHP – (2-1, 4.99 ERA, 30.2 IP, 26 K, 18 BB)
Belmont – Chase Cunningham – JR – RHP – (1-4, 5.35 ERA, 37.0 IP, 25 K, 11 BB)


Around the Horn:

  • Lipscomb and Belmont have met 35 times in the series history. The Bruins hold a slight 19-16 advantage and have won eight of the last 10 against the Bisons. Last season saw the teams split, with the home team winning both meetings.
  • 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 slugging percentage (.426), on-base percentage (.395), runs scored (266), RBIs (233), doubles (78), total bases (527) and walks (192). On the mound, Lipscomb leads the league in opposing batting average (.231) and fewest hits allowed (273).
  • Lipscomb ranks eighth in the nation in double plays having turned 38 pitcher’s best friends.
  • A number of players rank among the nation’s leaders including junior shortstop Grant Massey who is tied for 11th in the nation in walks (31) and 18th in runs scored (38). Massey also ranks among A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: second in doubles (14), tied for third in stolen bases (11), fourth in total bases (80), fifth in on-base percentage (.472) and tied for fifth in hits (51).
  • Senior outfielder Drew Adams is the nation’s seventh-best RBI man, knocking in 43 thus far on the year. In the A-Sun, Adams ranks third in walks (26) and is tied for fourth in triples (3).
  • Junior second baseman Mike Korte ranks second in the A-Sun in walks (28). Junior centerfielder Jonathan Allison is fifth in runs scored (34) and sixth in 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 .333 at the dish. He is also second with a .491 slugging percentage.
  • Drawing 192 free passes on the season, the Bisons rank fourth nationally trailing only Tennessee Tech (220), Florida State (220) and Dallas Baptist (199).
  • With 78 doubles on the season, the Bisons rank eighth in the nation.
  • Lipscomb ranks seventh nationally with 16 triples and ninth in runs scored, plating 266 on the year.
  • With a doubleheader sweep against Oakland on March 8, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up career win No. 400.