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Baseball entertains Butler in 2015 season-opening series
Thursday, February 12, 2015
By Kirk Downs
Baseball entertains Butler in 2015 season-opening series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jeff Forehand begins his ninth season at the helm this weekend as Lipscomb baseball opens its 2015 campaign by hosting Butler of the Big East Conference in a three-game set beginning Friday.

The Bisons will be starting their 55-game regular season at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium for the sixth consecutive season and the 10th time in 12 years.

With temperatures hovering the in lower 30s, Friday’s start time has been moved up to 2 p.m. Game times for Saturday and Sunday are slated for 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

Senior knuckleballer and Preseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference selection Ian Martinez-McGraw will get the ball on Friday and is looking to build off a record-breaking junior campaign that saw the hurler set the school’s NCAA record for wins with nine (9-3, 3.77 ERA).

He also proved to be the league’s workhorse, leading the A-Sun in innings pitched, logging 112.1. Martinez-McGraw will square off against sophomore lefty Jeff Schank who was 1-3 as a freshman with a 4.89 ERA for the Bulldogs.

Lipscomb senior Nick Andros (5-3, 3.28 ERA) is scheduled to get the nod on Saturday as the southpaw makes the transition into the weekend rotation after spending most of 2014 in the bullpen. Andros will face Butler’s junior transfer, Chris Myjak.

Junior righty Denton Norman will once again hold down the Sunday slot after earning second team all-conference honors last season after going 7-6 with a 3.43 ERA. He will battle another Butler junior newcomer, Nick Morton.

To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373). 

Although none of the weekend’s games will be available through video, there will be live stats for each day.

 

Series Starters (2014 Statistics):
Friday
Lipscomb – Ian Martinez-McGraw – RHP – 9-3, 3.77 ERA, 112.1 IP, 64K, 42BB
Butler – Jeff Schank – LHP – 1-3, 4.89 ERA, 49.2 IP, 38K, 20BB

Saturday
Lipscomb – Nick Andros – LHP – 5-3, 3.28 ERA, 68.2 IP, 57K, 18BB
Butler – Chris Myjak – RHP – 4-1, 3.82 ERA, 37.2 IP, 43K (Des Moines Area CC)

Sunday
Lipscomb – Denton Norman – RHP – 7-6, 3.43 ERA, 86.2 IP, 57K, 33BB
Butler – Nick Morton – LHP – 7-2, 2.89 ERA, 81.0 IP, 56K (Fullerton College)

 

QUICK HITTERS:

  • This weekend’s matchup will be just the second time Lipscomb and Butler have faced one another. Butler took 2-of-3 from the Bisons in Nashville in March of 2013.
  • Lipscomb returns 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished 33-28.
  • Of the club’s 14 newcomers, 10 are freshmen, two are junior college transfers (Chucky Vazquez - Broward College & Kyle Weller – Parkland College), one transfer from LSU (Cody Glenn) and one transfer from Holly Cross (Quinn Moynihan).
  • Last season the Bisons reached the A-Sun Championship final where they fell to Kennesaw State, 7-1. That marked the third time in the program’s history that Lipscomb reached the conference final. In 2009 Lipscomb fell to Jacksonville, 7-4. In 2008 the Bisons claimed its first-ever A-Sun Title that saw the Purple and Gold win 10-9 in a 15-inning bout.
  • Senior shortstop Grant Massey was named the A-Sun’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. He was a second team all-conference selection in 2014 after helping Lipscomb turn a program-record tying 65 double plays, a total that ranked sixth in the nation.
  • Massey also led Lipscomb in a handful of categories - a .322 batting average, .463 slugging percentage, .427 on-base percentage, 47 runs scored, 78 hits, 19 doubles, 112 total bases and 14 stolen bases. He also drew a league-leading 40 walks.
  • Senior lefty Jason Ziegler was named to the Preseason A-Sun All-Conference team as the lone relief pitcher. 

UP NEXT:

Lipscomb returns to the diamond for a midweek tilt at Middle Tennessee on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. before returning home to play a trio of teams as co-host in the Mule Mix Classic. Western Illinois visits on Friday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m., Valparaiso on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and Ohio on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.