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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the middle of a seven-game home stand the Lipscomb baseball team steps away from conference action to perhaps get some payback Tuesday when the Bisons host Belmont for a midweek tilt in Part II of baseball’s version of the “Battle of the Boulevard”.
The game is set to throw the first pitch at 6 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
The Bisons and Bruins met back on March 22 on the hill at Rose Park, where Belmont took a 23-6 decision while holding Lipscomb to seven hits.
Senior right hander Kyle Weller will draw his first start of the season and the fourth of his two-year career while donning the Purple and Gold. Weller has seen action in 12 games.
He will match up with righty Connor Etheridge. Etheridge tossed a perfect frame in the first meeting between the teams, striking out the side on 20 pitches.
There will be no live stream of the action, but live stats will be available.
The Bruins (18-13, 8-4 OVC) enter Tuesday’s tilt having won five of their last seven contests. After sweeping UT-Martin two weeks ago, Belmont continued its success in Ohio Valley Conference play over the weekend by going on the road and taking the series from SIU Edwardsville with 6-5 and 12-0 wins in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday.
Freshman infielder Chas Hadden leads the squad with a .381 average and 35 walks drawn. His 29 runs scored and .566 on-base percentage is second on the team. The Bruins are getting production from almost every player who steps in the box as eight players are batting over .300, contributing to a team average of .305.
Junior outfielder Brennan Washington paces the team with 40 hits and 35 runs, while his .370 average is second among players with at least 15 plate appearances. He also has 23 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
The Bruin pitching staff has combined for a 6.69 team ERA which is seventh best in the OVC. Belmont pitchers have allowed 206 earned runs and are holding opponents to a .298 batting average. In 277.1 innings of work it has struck out 259 batters and walked 120. Tuesday’s starter Connor Etheridge has appeared in 14 games this season, but will be making just his second start of the season. Etheridge is holding opponents to a .257 batting clip in 29 frames, while his 34 strikeouts are third most on the Bruins squad.
Lipscomb: RHP – Kyle Weller (1-1, 9.30 ERA, 20.1 IP, 21 ER, 29 K, 15 BB)
Belmont: RHP – Connor Etheridge (2-2, 5.28 ERA, 29.0 IP, 17 ER, 34 K, 12 BB)
Around the Horn:
- Belmont leads the all-time series with Lipscomb 28-18 in the Division I era. The Bisons grabbed a 10-9 victory at Dugan Field in 2015 when Hunter Hanks came around from second to score the winning run when Belmont threw a ball into right field while attempting an inning-ending double play.
- Lipscomb is 18-3 at the friendly confines of Dugan Field this season with all three losses coming on Friday’s. The Bisons are 3-0 in midweek contests at home this season.
- The Bisons have been deadly on the base paths this season, ranking 6th in the nation with 66 stolen bases. That is currently the fourth most in a single season in school history, 20 behind 2007’s 86 for third.
- Lee Solomon’s 22 stolen bases are the seventh most in the nation. He is tied with Ben Williams (’07) for the fourth most in a single season in school history. Tyler Wilson swiped a program record 40 in 2010.
- Drawing 171 free passes on the season, the Bisons rank ninth nationally. Mercer (206), Belmont (193) and South Alabama (188) are the top three.
- 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.
- Lipscomb’s pitching staff ranks 34th nationally, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
- Adam Lee and Lee Solomon lead the A-Sun with 27 walks this season, the 29th most in the nation.
- Gigliotti scored eight runs in four games this past week, bringing his yearly total to 37. That is tops in the A-Sun and stands 15th in the country.
- Adam Lee has driven in a team-leading 39 RBI on the year, the third most in the A-Sun.
- Solomon (22), Gigliotti (13) and Lee (12) stand as the top three base stealers in the A-Sun. All three rank in the top 80 in the nation.
- Michael Gigliotti enters Tuesday having reached base in 30-of-32 games this season. For his career Gigliotti has failed to reach base just five times (85-of-90).
- Lipscomb is second in the A-Sun and 56th in the nation in runs scored, with 216 coming around the bend. Its 6.8 runs per game are good enough for 62nd.
- Lipscomb paces the A-Sun with a .387 on-base percentage, helped by its 171 free passes.
- Allan Hooker hit home runs in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, marking his first two dingers of the season. It was the first time he went deep in consecutive games since Feb. 27-28 against La Salle in 2015 – his third and fourth career games.
- Adam Lee drew three walks over the weekend against Upstate to move into second all-time on the school’s career chart with 74. He trails Ryan Wilkins’ 78.
- With a 1-0 shutout against Western Michigan on February 28, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up win No. 250 in a Bison uniform.
The Bisons continue Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend when they host the Jacksonville Dolphins at Dugan Field for a three-game series. Friday’s opener will see the first pitch thrown at 6 p.m.
For more information on the baseball program, continue to check LipscombSports.com for daily updates or follow @BisonBaseball on twitter.