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|Win: Martinson (2-0)||5.0||2||1||0||1||5|
|Loss: PUCKETT (5-2)||4.2||8||7||6||4||5|
DALLAS – With Atlantic Sun Conference play just one week away, Lipscomb baseball hits the road this weekend for its first-ever trip to the Lone Star state to take on Dallas Baptist University in the final nonconference series of the season for the Bisons.
The three-game set at Horner Ballpark will begin Friday with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. The series will continue at 2 p.m. Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Friday’s contest will mark the inaugural meeting between the two schools.
Lipscomb (16-9) enters the series on a season-high tying four-game win streak after sweeping Mississippi Valley State last weekend in Nashville before downing UT-Martin 12-4 on Tuesday.
The Bisons have struggled mightily on the road thus far in 2016, dropping all seven contests. On the flip side, they are 16-2 at the friendly confines of Dugan Field.
DBU enters the weekend 15-9 overall after dropping three of its last four contests, including 2-of-3 to Baylor last weekend. They also fell 3-2 in a midweek tilt at Abilene Christian after the Wildcats walked off on a suicide squeeze bunt.
The Patriots won a school record 46 games in 2015 and finished the season ranked No. 15. In eight of the final nine weeks of the regular season DBU was the nation’s No. 1 RPI.
Among the 15 DBU players placed on the All-Missouri Valley Conference team in 2015, the Patriots return two First Team selections in shortstop Camden Duzenack and outfielder Daniel Sweet, as well as Second Team outfielder Justin Wall.
In 2016 Dallas Baptist stands 28th in the nation with a .401 on-base percentage, while its .302 team batting average is 32nd best. It has scored 177 runs in 24 games. DBU has smashed 48 doubles, six triples and 20 home runs. The Patriots have also drawn 119 walks and swiped 18 stolen bases.
The Patriots are led offensively by Darick Hall’s .340 clip. Hall, who is scheduled to start on the hill Saturday, is a threat any time he steps in the box. The lefty has smashed 11home runs, the third most in the NCAA.
He tied a school record with four home runs in a win over Incarnate Word earlier in the season, becoming the only Division I player this season to hit four home runs in a game. He finished the game 5-for-5 with a career high seven RBI.
Wall leads the team and ranks fifth nationally with 28 walks on the year.
DBU’s pitching staff has compiled a 4.26 ERA. In 213.1 innings, Patriot pitchers have allowed 101 earned run and opponents are batting .259. The staff has walked just 92 compared to 170 strikeouts.
Lipscomb: LHP – Cody Glenn – (2-0, 4.25 ERA, 29.2 IP, 14 ER, 21 K, 9 BB)
Dallas Baptist: LHP – Colin Poche – (3-0, 1.72 ERA, 36.2 IP, 7 ER, 26 K, 8 BB)
Lipscomb: RHP – Jeffrey Passantino – (5-1, 2.57 ERA, 42.0 IP, 12 ER, 39 K, 4 BB)
Dallas Baptist: RHP – Darick Hall – (3-2, 2.55 ERA, 35.1 IP, 10 ER, 33 K, 5 B)
Lipscomb: RHP – Brady Puckett – (5-1, 2.30 ERA, 43.0 IP, 11 ER, 38 K, 7 BB)
Dallas Baptist: TBD
- Lipscomb and Dallas Baptist have never met on the diamond.
- Big innings have been a large part of the success for the team in 2016 so far. Nine 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 16 times so far.
- Drawing 149 free passes on the season, the Bisons rank third nationally trailing only Mercer (169) and Belmont (150).
- Lipscomb’s .406 on-base percentage is the 23rd best team total in the nation.
- The Bisons have been dangerous on the base path swiping 59 thefts this season. That is the fourth most in the NCAA.
- Lipscomb is second in the A-Sun and 33rd in the nation in runs scored, with 186 coming around the bend. Its 7.4 runs per game are good enough for 29th.
- A number of players rank among the nation’s leaders including sophomore second baseman Lee Solomon who is third in stolen bases (20), sixth in stolen bases per game (0.80), 19thin walks (23) and 30th in on-base percentage (.513). Solomon also ranks among A-Sun leaders in multiple categories: leading the league in on-base percentage, stolen bases and runs scored (30), ranking fourth in RBI (27), sixth in fielding assists (59) and seventh in hits (32).
- Senior first baseman Adam Lee is the nation’s seventh-best RBI man, knocking in 36 thus far on the year. He is also eighth in RBI per game (1.44) and 19thin walks (23). In the A-Sun Lee is second in on-base percentage (.500), third in stolen bases (10), fourth in runs scored (23), fifth in slugging (.588), sixth in batting average (.350) and ninth in doubles (7).
- Lee enters the weekend with a team-best 15-game on-base streak. Zeke Dodson and Michael Gigliotti are second with nine.
- 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. Hanks leads the team with a 6-game hitting streak.
- Senior backstop Chucky Vazquez is tied for second in base runners thrown out, having gunned down eight. Jeffrey Crisan is fourth with seven.
- Lee Solomon (20), Michael Gigliotti (11) and Adam Lee (10) are the top base-stealing trio in the A-Sun.
- Adam Lee and Lee Solomon lead the A-Sun and rank 19thin the NCAA having drawn 23 free passes this season.
- Michael Gigliotti’s 28 runs scored are third most in the conference.
- Brady Puckett leads the A-Sun in multiple categories: ERA (2.30), innings pitched (43.0) and opposing batting average (.188).
- Puckett and Jeffrey Passantino are tied for the league lead with five wins. No other player has more than three.
- Passantino ranks second in innings (42.0), strikeouts (39) and fourth in ERA (2.57).
- With a 1-0 shutout against Western Michigan on February 28, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up win No. 250 in a Bison uniform.
Lipscomb will travel up the road to West End to take on No. 3 Vanderbilt in a Tuesday night contest at Hawkins Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.