NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off of a tough conference-opening weekend series in Jacksonville, things do not get any easier for the Lipscomb baseball team on Tuesday as the Bisons will make the short trek across town to take on No. 1 Vanderbilt at 6:30 p.m. at Hawkins Field.
The Bisons (18-11, 1-2 A-Sun) head into the mid-week tilt having dropped two-of-three to the Dolphins over the weekend while Vanderbilt returns home after completing a three-game sweep over Georgia in Athens.
The Commodores (27-6, 10-2 SEC) enter Tuesday winners in 16 of 18 games, including their last six.
Vanderbilt has six players with 10 or more starts who are batting over .300, led by Dansby Swanson’s .372 clip. Swanson also leads the team in, doubles (11), triples (3), walks (27) and stolen bases (11). His 46 runs scored lead the country.
The Black and Gold rank in the top 10 nationally in numerous categories: hits (5th), runs (6th), walks (6th), on-base percentage (7th), triples (7th) and stolen bases (10th).
Their pitching staff leads the country with seven shutouts on the year and ranks fourth in strikeouts per nine innings (9.6).
Weather at Game Time:
April 7th – 77 degrees – Partly cloudy (20%) Winds blowing 10 MPH SSW
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Lipscomb – Brady Puckett – RHP (1-1, 6.46 ERA, 23.2 IP, 17 R, 17 ER, 12 BB, 19 K)
Vanderbilt – John Kilichowski – LHP (2-0, 3.82 ERA, 30.2 IP, 16 R, 13 ER, 11 BB, 37 K)
- The two teams have met 19 times in the NCAA era for the Bisons. Vanderbilt owns a 17-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Bisons are 1-10 all-time at Hawkins Field with the lone win coming in 2006.
- The 2014 contest between the Bisons and Dores saw Vandy come out on top 5-1 in a game that saw Ian Martinez-McGraw make his Lipscomb pitching debut.
- RS-Senior Josh Lee returns to face his former team on Tuesday. Lee signed with Vandy and played for the Dores in 2012 before transferring to Central Arizona College.
- Puckett will be making his third-career start against the Dores. The Murfreesboro native was outstanding in a complete-game effort over Middle Tennessee two weeks ago. He allowed one run on six hits while striking out four. Puckett sat down 16-consecutive Blue Raiders during the game.
- Grant Massey enters the contest riding a conference-leading 17-game hitting streak. The senior shortstop has also reached base in 19 straight.
- The Bisons have swung the bat well this year when it comes to extra-base hits. Their 12 triples rank 22nd in the country, while their 58 doubles stand 49th.
- Lipscomb is second in the A-Sun and 25th nationally with a .976 fielding percentage. In 1,139 total chances, the Bisons have just 27 errors. Only three players have recorded multiple errors on the season.
- Jonathan Allison has been a consistent offensive threat for the Bisons at the plate. The senior outfielder is raking .385 (53rd) with 33 RBI (27th), 10 doubles (99th). He ranks second in the A-Sun and 85th in the country with a .469 on-base percentage, while his .606 slugging percentage ranks third and 86th.
- Allison was named A-Sun co-Player of the Week last Monday after helping lead Lipscomb to a 4-1 week with wins over Belmont, Middle Tennessee and Georgetown. The lefty finished the stretch 10-for-19 (.526) with nine RBI, a double and a home run. He also scored six runs, drew four walks and swiped four bags.
- The Bisons possess some of the top speed in the country on the base paths. They are second in the conference and 36th in the nation having swiped 46 stolen bases.
- Lipscomb’s pitching staff carries a 4.22 ERA, but leads the A-Sun in hits allowed (251), runs allowed (146) and is second in opposing batting average (.265).
After the midweek tilt Lipscomb will return home to host its first A-Sun home series of the season when North Florida visits Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium for a three-game set. Friday’s first pitch will be thrown at 6 p.m.