NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team will look to carry its momentum into the midweek contest with UT-Martin at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. First pitch for Tuesday’s tilt is set for 6 p.m.
Lipscomb (15-9), coming off a three-game sweep of Mississippi Valley State over Easter Weekend, has not met UT-Martin on the diamond since 2014 when the teams split a pair of meetings.
Tuesday’s nonconference tilt will see Lipscomb freshman Alex Dorso draw his first career start on the bump. Dorso has seen action in five games. The lefty will face UT-Martin righty Jake Patzner, who will be making his fifth start of the season.
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The Skyhawks (7-17) come to Dugan Field carrying a seven-game losing streak after dropping three games to Southeast Missouri over the weekend.
Four hitters are batting above .300 for Martin, led by Fletcher Johnson’s .364 clip. Austin Taylor, batting .322, leads the team with 28 hits, 10 doubles and 16 RBI.
The Skyhawks pitching staff sports an 8.84 ERA. Tuesday’s starter, Jake Patzner, has seen action in five games, making four starts. He has allowed 22 runs in 14.1 innings of work
Lipscomb – LHP – Alex Dorso – (1-0, 4.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 K, 5 BB)
UT Martin – RHP – Jake Patzner – (1-2, 13.19 ERA, 14.1 IP, 21 ER, 13 K, 19 BB)
Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb and UT-Martin have met 25 times in the series history. The Bisons hold a 16-9 advantage overall, including a 10-2 edge at Dugan Field.
- The teams have not met since 2014 when the visiting squad won each meeting. Lipscomb took down the Skyhawks 12-2 in Martin, before dropping a 4-0 decision in the Music City.
- Big innings have been a large part of the success for the team in 2016 so far. Eight times this season the Bisons have posted five or more runs in a frame. Lipscomb has also scored four or more tallies in an inning 15 times so far.
- A number of players rank among the nation’s leaders including sophomore second baseman Lee Solomon who is seventh in stolen bases (17), 11th in stolen bases per game (0.71) and 20th in walks (22). Solomon also ranks among A-Sun leaders in multiple categories: second in runs scored (27), third in on-base percentage (.491), eighth in fielding assists (52) and 11th in batting average (.341).
- Senior first baseman Adam Lee is the nation’s 10th-best RBI man, knocking in 33 thus far on the year. He is also 13th in RBI per game (1.38) and 20th in walks (22). In the A-Sun Lee is first in on-base percentage (.505), third in stolen bases (9), fifth in batting average (.355), sixth in runs scored (22) doubles (7) and slugging (.566).
- Tevin Symonette ranks tied for fourth in the A-Sun with five home runs.
- Hunter Hanks is third in the league with six sacrifice bunts.
- Senior backstop Chucky Vazquez is tied for second in base runners thrown out, having gunned down eight. Jeffrey Crisan is seventh with six.
- Lipscomb’s .405 on-base percentage is the 23rd best team total in the nation.
- Lipscomb ranks fourth nationally with 54 stolen bases on the year.
- Drawing 142 free passes on the season, the Bisons rank third nationally trailing only Mercer (151) and Belmont (144).
- With a 1-0 shutout against Western Michigan on February 28, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up win No. 250 in a Bison uniform.
- Lee Solomon (17), Michael Gigliotti (11) and Adam Lee (9) are the top base-stealing trio in the A-Sun. Solomon’s total puts him seventh nationally in thefts.
- Adam Lee and Lee Solomon lead the A-Sun and rank 20th in the NCAA having drawn 22 free passes this season.
- Michael Gigliotti’ 27 runs scored are second most in the conference.
With Atlantic Sun Conference play just around the corner, Lipscomb hits the road this weekend for the Lone Star state to take on Dallas Baptist in its final nonconference series of the season. The three -game set will begin Friday with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.
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