|May 14, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: MARTINEZ-MCGRAW (7-3)||6.0||2||2||1||2||4|
|Loss: KORSON (2-8)||7.0||8||4||4||3||4|
|May 15, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: PASSANTINO (4-1)||6.0||5||1||1||0||5|
|Loss: COOPER (5-5)||4.0||11||11||7||3||2|
|May 16, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: PUCKETT (6-2)||7.0||5||1||0||1||3|
|Loss: JEFFERSON (3-8)||3.1||4||4||4||6||1|
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – For the last time as Atlantic Sun Conference foes, the Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky baseball teams are set to tangle in a three-game series beginning on Thursday at the Bill Aker Baseball Complex.
Thursday’s first pitch is set for 2 p.m. CT between the Bisons (32-18, 10-8 A-Sun) and the Norse (17-31, 5-13 A-Sun). The series continues on Friday at noon before wrapping up on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.
Lipscomb will be looking to right the ship after dropping its last two home contests to Stetson last Sunday and Austin Peay Tuesday night.
Northern Kentucky has dropped its last five, including a three-game sweep at Florida Gulf Coast last weekend. Those losses eliminated the Norse from claiming a spot in the A-Sun Championship next weekend in Fort Myers, Florida.
This will be just the second-ever trip to Highland Heights for Lipscomb in baseball. The Bisons brought their brooms and swept NKU (1-0, 3-2, 11-6) in 2013. In last season’s meeting in Nashville, the Purple and Gold took two-of-three, missing a chance to earn another sweep in a 2-0 loss in the series finale.
Lipscomb – Ian Martinez-McGraw – RHP (6-3, 2.45 ERA, 80.2 IP, 30 R, 22 ER, 49 K, 32 BB)
Northern Ky. – Evan Korson – LHP (2-7, 5.04 ERA, 60.2 IP, 41 R, 34 ER, 40 K, 27 BB)
Lipscomb – Jeffrey Passantino – RHP (3-1, 2.29 ERA, 55.0 IP, 15 R, 14 ER, 57 K, 13 BB)
Northern Ky. – Cody Cooper– LHP (5-4, 5.20 ERA, 62.1 IP, 42 R, 36 ER, 34 K, 28 BB)
Lipscomb – Brady Puckett – RHP (5-2, 5.40 ERA, 58.1 IP, 36 R, 35 ER, 36 K, 21 BB)
Northern Ky. – Matt Jefferson – LHP (3-7, 6.20 ERA, 81.1 IP, 62 R, 56 ER, 53 K, 26 BB)
Weather at Game Time:
May 14th – 74 degrees – Mostly Cloudy (0%) Winds ESE 8 MPH
May 15th - 83 degrees – Partly Cloudy (20%) Winds SSW 12 MPH
May 16th – 82 degrees – Thunderstorms (80%) Winds SSW 9 MPH
Check with LipscombSports.com or follow @BisonBaseball on twitter for updates on the team or any time changes with the game.
Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb leads the all-time series 5-1, including a perfect 3-0 mark in Highland Heights.
- Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand is just one win from getting his 450th career victory. He enters the game 449-416-1 in his 15th season as a head coach.
- Passantino leads the Bisons and stands third in the A-Sun with a 2.29 ERA. He has thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings on the mound.
- Martinez-McGraw’s 2.45 ERA is fourth-best in the league. His six wins are the third most. He is tied for second on the A-Sun active career leaders with 15 wins.
- Senior shortstop Grant Massey ranks among the A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: third in stolen bases (16), fourth in assists (156), seventh in batting average (.344) and hits (66) and 11th in RBI (39).
- The Bisons have been one of the top bunting teams in the country, ranking sixth nationally with 29 as a team. Freshman Michael Gigliotti is tops in the nation with 18 individually.
- Senior second baseman Mike Korte is 16th in the nation with 13 sacrifice bunts on the year.
- Lipscomb leads the conference and ranks 32nd nationally with 78 stolen bases on the year. Massey leads the team with 16, while Gigliotti is second with 14 and Allison is third with 12. The Bisons are the only team in the A-Sun with three players with double digit swipes.
- Allison ranks sixth in the league with 45 runs driven in and 10th in doubles (13). His 27 walks are 10th.
- Gigliotti’s 42 runs scored are the sixth most in the A-Sun while his 66 hits are seventh most.
- Gigliotti and Allan 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 10. Nick Andros is tied for fifth with six.
- Andros is the league’s active career leader in win-loss percentage at .770. (10 wins – 3 losses)
The Bisons wrap up their regular season this weekend before returning to Fort Myers next week for the A-Sun Tournament (May 20-23). As for the seeding, that is up in the air. North Florida has already locked up No. 1, but seeds 2-6 are separated by just 1 ½ games.