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WATSON (LIP) 332010
Baseball shifts focus to Jacksonville in A-Sun showdown
Thursday, April 14, 2016
By Kirk Downs
Baseball shifts focus to Jacksonville in A-Sun showdown
Junior backstop Tyler Bethune smashes a ball against Georgia in the series finale.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Wrapping up its longest homestand of the season, the Lipscomb baseball team steps back into Atlantic Sun Conference action this weekend to play host to the Jacksonville Dolphins in a three-game series that is set to get underway at 6 p.m. Friday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium.

All three games are slated to air on ESPN3. Saturday’s contest is scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch followed by an early morning 11 a.m. start on Sunday in order to meet Jacksonville’s travel restrictions.

There will also be live stats available throughout the entire series on LipscombSports.com.


Scouting Jacksonville:

The Dolphins (20-12, 2-1 A-Sun) bring with them to Nashville a three-game win streak. JU opened league action last weekend at home against the reigning A-Sun regular season champion North Florida and after dropping the opener on Friday 7-4, it came back to take the series behind 6-2 and 8-0 triumphs on Saturday and Sunday. Jacksonville continued it momentum with an 8-5 victory over Florida A&M in midweek action Tuesday.

Prior to their first win over UNF, the Dolphins had dropped the previous four games.

The Dolphins tallied five home runs in its first conference series of the year brining their season total to 24, third most in the league. On the base paths they have swiped 44 bags, second most in the conference behind Lipscomb. They have only been caught stealing 12 times through 32 games.

Junior outfielder Austin Hays leads the club with a .400 at the dish, the third highest batting clip in the A-Sun. He is virtual leader in almost every offensive category for the Dolphins, topping the squad with 31 runs scored, 50 hits, 10 doubles two triples and 33 RBI. Hays can also bring the power when he steps in the box. He leads the league and ranks ninth in the nation with 11 home runs this season.

JU is also getting a lot of production from senior infielder JJ Gould, who is hitting .306 with a team best 20 walks. Gould is second on the team with 25 runs, five home runs and 21 RBI.

The Dolphin pitching staff has combined for a 3.71 team ERA which ranks second best in the A-Sun. Jacksonville pitchers have allowed 134 runs and are holding opponents to a .253 batting average, both are tops in the A-Sun. It has also recorded a league best 11 saves on the season, eight of which have come from the arm of freshman utility man Mike Cassala.

Friday night starter Michael Baumann returns after being named the A-Sun Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in 2015. He is 3-2 with a 4.75 ERA and team high 38 strikeouts.

Reigning A-Sun Pitcher of the Week and Saturday’s probable starter Nathan Disch is fifth in the conference with a 2.84 ERA. He moved to 4-3 on the year after tossing a complete game against the Ospreys last weekend.


Probable Starters:

Lipscomb: LHP – Cody Glenn (2-0, 4.25 ERA, 29.2 IP, 18 ER, 21 K, 9 BB)
Jacksonville: RHP – Michael Baumann (3-2, 4.75 ERA, 36.0 IP, 19 ER, 38 K, 17 BB)

Lipscomb: RHP – Jeffrey Passantino (5-1, 2.44 ERA, 48.0 IP, 14 ER, 46 K, 8 BB)
Jacksonville: RHP – Nathan Disch (4-3, 2.84 ERA, 44.1 IP, 14 ER, 31 K, 15 BB)

Lipscomb: RHP – Brady Puckett (5-2, 3.21 ERA, 47.2 IP, 21 ER, 43 K, 11 BB)
Jacksonville: RHP – Spencer Stockton (4-2, 2.74 ERA, 42.2 IP, 13 ER, 24 K, 13 BB)


Around the Horn:

  • Lipscomb and Jacksonville have met 37 times in the series history with the Dolphins leading the all-time series 21-16. However, the Bisons have won 11 of the last 15 meetings. Last season JU took 2-of-3 over Easter weekend in Florida.
  • At Dugan Field the Dolphins lead 9-8 all-time, but Lipscomb has claimed three of the last four series (8-of-11) in Nashville, the other saw the set go 1-1 after the finale was cancelled.
  • Lipscomb is 18-4 at the friendly confines of Dugan Field this season. Three of the four losses have come on Friday series openers.
  • The Bisons have been deadly on the base paths for the second year in a row, swiping a league-high 68 bases, sixth best in the NCAA. They trail only Texas Southern (103), Seton Hall (91), Eastern Michigan (79), Farleigh Dickinson (75) and Rutgers (71).
  • Their 68 thefts are the fourth-most in a single season in school history, just 18 behind 2007’s 86 for third. The program leader is the 2010 squad who swiped 93.
  • In the three conference games, the Bisons are batting .314 with eight extra-base hits.
  • Lipscomb has allowed just 12 earned runs through 28 A-Sun innings of play.
  • The Purple and Gold have drawn 175 walks as a team, tops in the A-Sun and 13th best in the NCAA, contributing to their conference-high .385 OBP.
  • Lee Solomon has 22 stolen bases on the year, tops in the conference and tied for eighth most in the nation. Michael Gigliotti has stolen 13 bases this year, tied for second most in the league.
  • Solomon 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.
  • Adam Lee is second in the A-Sun with an on-base percentage of .482 and has driven in a team-high 39 RBI while batting .330.
  • Lipscomb snatched two wins from USC Upstate last weekend in walk-off fashion with reigning A-Sun Player of the Week Zeke Dodson contributing the game-winning hit in both games. Dodson has 24 RBI on the year.
  • 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 42nd nationally, averaging 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
  • Lee Solomon is tops in the A-Sun with 28 walks this season, the 29th most in the nation. Adam Lee (27) and Michael Gigliotti (24) are second and third in the conference.
  • Michael Gigliotti has scored nine runs in his last five games this past week, bringing his yearly total to 38. That is tops in the A-Sun and stands 21st in the country.
  • Adam Lee has driven in a team-leading 39 RBI on the year, the third most in the A-Sun.
  • Lee Solomon (22), Gigliotti (13) and Lee (12) stand as three of the top four base stealers in the A-Sun. All three rank in the top 90 in the nation.
  • Michael Gigliotti enters Tuesday having reached base in 31-of-33 games this season. For his career Gigliotti has failed to reach base just five times (86-of-91).
  • Gigliotti’s career .331 batting average and .421 on-base percentage stand third on the A-Sun active career leaders standings. His 30 career thefts are second, behind FGCU’s Jake Noll (46).
  • 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.
  • Jeffrey Passantino is tops in the A-Sun with a 2.28 ERA. He is also tied for the conference lead with 55.1 innings of work and five victories. He has struck out 48 batters, the fourth most in the league. Passantino’s WHIP of 0.96 is tied for 63rd across the NCAA.
  • Passantino’s career 2.50 ERA is second on the A-Sun’s active career leaders chart. His 112 punch outs are seventh.
  • Brady Puckett is tied with Passantino for the league lead with five wins, while his 51 strikeouts are second and his 54.2 innings are third.
  • With a 1-0 shutout against Western Michigan on February 28, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up win No. 250 in a Bison uniform.


Up Next:

The Bisons will venture to Clarksville on Tuesday April 19 to take on Austin Peay in the first of two meetings this season between the schools. The tilt’s first pitch is set to be 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.