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Baseball eyeing win Tuesday against Middle Tennessee
Monday, April 27, 2015
Baseball eyeing win Tuesday against  Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Wrapping up a short four-game homestand the Lipscomb baseball team will host Middle Tennessee on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.

The Bisons (26-15) lost some momentum over the weekend dropping their final two Atlantic Sun Conference contests to Kennesaw State.

However, the midweek tilt with the Blue Raiders (24-19) will give the team a chance to start another streak before heading to Fort Myers, Florida to play Florida Gulf Coast this weekend.

Lipscomb junior righty Kyle Weller (4-0, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to make his third career start on the mound Tuesday.  The righty tossed four complete frames last week on the road at Austin Peay. He gave up three runs on six hits.

Weller is set to throw against Middle Tennessee’s Garrett Ring (1-2, 5.97 ERA), who will make his 11th start of the season for the Governors.


Probable Starters:
Lipscomb – Kyle Weller – JR – RHP – (4-0, 2.86 ERA, 22.0 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 17 K, 11 BB)
Middle Tennessee – Garrett Ring – JR – RHP – (1-2, 5.97 ERA, 31.2 IP, 24 R, 21 ER, 22 K, 25 BB)


Weather at Game Time:

April 28th – 64 degrees – Cloudy (0%) Winds NNE 9 MPH

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Around the Horn:

  • The Bisons head into Tuesday night’s contest looking to make it seven wins in the last eight meetings with the Blue Raiders. Lipscomb downed Middle Tennessee earlier in the season 8-1 behind a gem from freshman pitcher Brady Puckett in Murfreesboro. Overall, Middle Tennessee holds a 15-12 advantage in the series in the NCAA era for the Bisons.
  • Two runs has been a key ingredient in the success this season. When Lipscomb holds opponents to two runs or fewer, it is 11-0. Offensively when it scores more than two runs, Lipscomb is 26-6.
  • Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand is seven wins from getting his 450th career victory. He enters the game 443-413-1 in his 15th season as a head coach.
  • Senior shortstop Grant Massey ranks among the A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: fourth in assists (136), sixth in batting average (.357), sixth in stolen bases (13), 11th in  on-base percentage (.418) and RBI (34).
  • The Bisons have been one of the top bunting teams in the country, ranking sixth nationally with 24 as a team. 17 of those have come from the bat of freshman Michael Gigliotti, which is tops in the country.
  • Senior second baseman Mike Korte is eighth in the nation with 11 sacrifice bunts on the year.
  • Lipscomb leads the conference and ranks 28th nationally with 67 stolen bases on the year. Massey and Gigliotti lead the team with 13.
  • Allison ranks fifth in the league with 40 runs driven in. His 24 walks are seventh, 11 stolen bases are eighth and his 12 doubles are 10th. He ranks eighth in on-base percentage (.426) and slugging percentage (.506).
  • Gigliotti’s 39 runs scored are the sixth most in the A-Sun while his 57 hits are eighth most.
  • Gigliotti and Hooker each have three triples. That is fourth most in the conference and two shy from tying the school’s NCAA single-season record.
  • Senior Nick Andros was named the A-Sun’s Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. He tossed 7.2 shutout frames over two games and picked up a win in each. He struck out nine batters in the outings.
  • Andros stands eighth on Lipscomb’s career-saves list with five.


Up Next:

The Bisons head south for the “Sunshine State” this weekend, taking on Florida Gulf Coast in a three-game conference series in Fort Myers. Friday’s first pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m. CT.