NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team looks to begin its final homestand of the season Tuesday when Western Kentucky visits Music City for a 6 p.m. tilt at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
The Bisons (30-15, 9-6 A-Sun) have won eight of their last 10 contests, including four straight.
Over the weekend Lipscomb’s pitching staff proved to be a difference maker in a road sweep of Florida Gulf Coast. Five Bison pitchers combined to allow just two runs in 27 innings. The three starters combined to work 22.2 scoreless innings.
When Lipscomb and WKU (23-23, 9-15 CUSA) met back on March 16, the Hilltoppers scored three times in the first inning on its way to a 6-1 win in Bowling Green. The Hilltoppers lead the all-time series 40-36-1 and have won nine of the last 13 meetings dating back to 2004.
The Bisons have already set a NCAA program record with 21 nonconference wins on the year.
Follow along with the live stats and @BisonBaseball on twitter for in-game updates throughout the series.
Lipscomb – Will Blalock – RHP (1-0, 4.15 ERA, 8.2 IP, 9 R, 4 ER, 5 K, 1 BB)
Western Ky. – Austin King – LHP (1-5, 5.98 ERA, 46.2 IP, 38 R, 31 ER, 34 K, 10 BB)
Weather at Game Time:
May 5th – 82 degrees – Sunny (0%) Winds SSE 6 MPH
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Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand is six wins from getting his 450th career victory. He enters the game 447-413-1 in his 15th season as a head coach.
- Martinez-McGraw leads the league in ERA (2.05) and ranks second in wins (6), fifth in innings pitched (74.2) and sixth in hits allowed (73).
- Senior shortstop Grant Massey ranks among the A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: third in assists (146) and stolen bases (16), sixth in batting average (.355), eighth in hits (61) and 11th in RBI (35).
- The Bisons have been one of the top bunting teams in the country, ranking sixth nationally with 25 as a team. 18 of those have come from the bat of freshman Michael Gigliotti, which is tops in the country.
- Senior second baseman Mike Korte is ninth in the nation with 13 sacrifice bunts on the year.
- Lipscomb leads the conference and ranks 27th nationally with 74 stolen bases on the year. Massey leads the team with 16, while Gigliotti is fifth with 14 and Allison is eighth with 12. The Bisons the only team in the A-Sun with three players with double digit swipes.
- Allison ranks sixth in the league with 44 runs driven in and eighth with13 doubles. His 26 walks are seventh, 12 stolen bases are eighth. He ranks 10th in home runs (5) and slugging percentage (.497), 11th in total bases (84) and 12th in on-base percentage (.410).
- Gigliotti’s 41 runs scored are the fifth most in the A-Sun while his 60 hits are 10th 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.
- Jason Ziegler stands third on the school’s NCAA-career saves list with eight. Nick Andros is ninth with six.
- Andros is the league’s active career leader in win-loss percentage at .770. (10 wins – 3 losses)
The Bisons will stay at home this weekend to host Stetson in a three-game series at Dugan Field. Friday’s start is set for 6 p.m. Senior day will be celebrated before Sunday’s first pitch.