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Win: HWANG (2-1) 0.220001
Loss: ANDERSON (1-2) 0.011100
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Florida Gulf Coast34000032719180
Win: LEON (4-4) 6.040047
Loss: PASSANTINO (5-4) 1.287711
SOLOMON (LIP) 403110
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Win: HERING (2-1) 5.042217
Loss: KEMP (2-2) 5.266632
SMITH (FGCU) 412400
SOLOMON (LIP) 503300
WATSON (LIP) 413000
Dugan Award, Senior Day highlight final home weekend for baseball
Thursday, May 12, 2016
By Kirk Downs
Dugan Award, Senior Day highlight final home weekend for baseball

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the final home weekend of the 2016 season for Lipscomb baseball, the Bisons will honor the winner of the annual Ken Dugan Award as well as the squad’s six graduating seniors while hosting Florida Gulf Coast in a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.

All three games will have live stats and are slated to air on ESPN3. Friday’s opener is scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch followed by a 2 p.m. start on Saturday. First pitch for Sunday’s finale has been pushed up to noon in order to accommodate FGCU’s travel plans.

Lipscomb enters the weekend winners in five of its last seven contests after taking down in-state rival Tennessee Tech 12-8 on Tuesday night.

Having won just two ASUN series, the Bisons are tied with Stetson for fourth in the league standings, just one game ahead of FGCU.

Scouting FGCU:

The Eagles bring with them to Nashville a 22-25 overall record and a 7-8 mark in ASUN play. After dropping eight of its last 10 contests, FGCU came away with its biggest win of the season on Wednesday, an 11-8 extra-inning victory over No. 4 Florida State after jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first frame.

Jake Noll, the league’s top RBI man, paced the offense with a 4-for-4 day at the plate with two home runs and four RBI.

After winning their first two ASUN series’ against Stetson and NJIT, the Eagles have since gone 2-7 and lost their last three sets against Jacksonville, North Florida and USC Upstate.

Offensively FGCU is batting .288 which is tied with Kennesaw State for the third best clip in the conference. It has scored 268 runs and leads the league with 47 sacrifice hits and 93 doubles.

Noll, the ASUN’s Preseason Player of the Year, totes one of the nation’s best bats. He leads the conference and ranks 38th in the nation with a .390 clip at the dish. After collecting four base knocks Wednesday, he pushed his yearly hits total to 78, the 15th most in the country.

He also leads the team in at-bats (200), runs (49), doubles (18), home runs (10), RBI (54) and stolen bases (7).

Jake Smith (.375), Matt Reardon (.360) and Tyler Selesky (.309) are the other top hitters on the team. Reardon paces the squad with four triples while his 62 hits only trail Noll. Selesky is second on the team with 41 runs, eight homers and 39 ribbies. He is the team’s top walker with 28 on the year.

The Eagles pitching staff brings to the Music City a combined 5.35 ERA, the third worst total in the conference, after having allowed 243 earned runs in 407 innings of work. Their 514 hits allowed are the most in the ASU, 56 more than any other team.

They have thrown the second fewest walks (153) and strikeouts (263), but have allowed a league-high 34 home runs while owning a .314 batting average against.

Friday starter Brady Anderson (5-5, 3.23 ERA) paces the team with 12 starts on the mound. He has also struck out a team-high 50 batters in 83.2 frames.

In four career outing against Lipscomb, Anderson is 1-3 with a 2.23 ERA. He has allowed 10 runs (six earned) on 23 hits with 13 strikeouts and five walks.

Probable Rotations:

Lipscomb: RHP – Brady Puckett
(8-2, 2.70 ERA, 86.2 IP, 26 ER, 82 K, 16 BB)
FGCU: RHP – Brady Anderson
(5-5, 3.23 ERA, 83.2 IP, 30 ER, 50 K, 19 BB)

Lipscomb: RHP – Jeffrey Passantino
(5-3, 3.16 ERA, 79.2 IP, 28 ER, 70 K, 10 BB)

Lipscomb: RHP – Kyle Kemp
(2-1, 5.32 ERA, 22.0 IP, 13 ER, 19 K, 14 BB)

Ken Dugan Award:

In a brief on-the-field ceremony before Friday's opener the Dugan Family, joined by past winners, will present the prestigious 2016 Ken Dugan Award to the selected winner in front of his teammates, family, coaching staff and fans in attendance.

Former Bison Jonathan Allison was the recipient in 2015.

Senior Day Festivities:

On the field at 10 a.m. Saturday before the teams begin their pre-game warmups, the six graduating Bison seniors will be presented with their diplomas in a short program. There will also be a brief "Senior Day" ceremony 30 minutes prior to Saturday's first pitch to honor those seniors and their families.

Parking Jam:

Due to multiple graduation ceremonies going on inside Allen Arena Saturday, fans might want to plan on arriving earlier than normal for the 2 p.m. first pitch as parking will be at a premium.

Up Next:

The Bisons will wrap the regular season home action on Tuesday night hosting Austin Peay at Dugan Field at 6 p.m.

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