May 25, 2016123456789RHE
#4 Lipscomb03020203010141
#3 Jacksonville0001012138111
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: PUCKETT (9-2) 7.094408
Loss: Nathan Disch (5-4) 3.065504
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
SOLOMON (LIP) 504200
Parker Perez (JU) 513100
Connor Stephens (JU) 423100
May 27, 201612345678910RHE
#4 Lipscomb0000000000021
#2 North Florida0000000001170
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: NAYLOR (5-3) 1.100001
Loss: PASSANTINO (6-5) 9.261116
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
SOLOMON (LIP) 401000
DODSON (LIP) 201010
HIGDON (UNF) 502100
May 27, 2016123456789RHE
#5 FGCU0040130008112
#4 Lipscomb2030000016123
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: ANDERSON (2-2) 6.131006
Loss: KEMP (3-3) 5.056423
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
FEHRIBACH (FGCU) 523000
SOLOMON (LIP) 512100
LEE (LIP) 522201
WATSON (LIP) 402000
VAZQUEZ (LIP) 402000
Baseball ready to make noise in A-Sun Tournament
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
By Kirk Downs/Mark McGee
Baseball ready to make noise in A-Sun Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Bisons have plans to be terrible hosts this week during the Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Tournament.

Wednesday night at Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium the No. 4 seeded Bisons (30-25) will face No. 3-seed Jacksonville (33-20) at 7 in the first round. The winner of the double-elimination tournament gets the automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. The goal for the Bisons is to claim that bid and send the rest of the visitors home empty-handed.

Brady Puckett, the A-SUN Pitcher of the Year, is expected to start for Lipscomb. He has an 8-2 record and a 2.77 earned run average. He has 93 strikeouts in 100.2 innings.

Nathan Disch, 5-3 with a 3.32 ERA will get the nod for the Dolphins.

The game can be viewed lived on ESPN3. Live stats will be available on Lipscombsports.com.

The winner will face the winner of the game between No. 2 North Florida and No. 5 FGCU at 7 p.m. Thursday. The loser plays the winner of the game between top-seeded Kennesaw State and No. 6 Stetson at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Tournament history with Jacksonville: Lipscomb has faced Jacksonville twice in A-Sun Tournament play.

In 2009 they lost to Jacksonville 7-4 in the championship game in a tournament that was shorted due to several days of rain.

The last time the Bisons faced Jacksonville was a 2-1 win in 10 innings in 2014.

Tournament titles: The Bisons have won two A-Sun Tournaments in 2008 and 2015.

They have reached the championship game the past two seasons.

In 2015 they were the No. 2 seed and beat top-seeded UNF in the championship game at Swanson Stadium at Florida Gulf Coast. The Bisons were undefeated in the 2015 tournament with four wins.

In 2008 as the No. 1 seed the Bisons beat Gardner-Webb, the No. 4 seed, 10-9 in an epic 15-inning championship game at Melching Field at Conrad Park in DeLand, Florida.

Lipscomb seedings: This is the second time the Bisons have been seeded No. 4. In 2014 they advanced to the championship game as the No. 4 seed where they fell to Kennesaw State, the No. 3 seed, 7-1.

Lipscomb has been the No. 2 seed twice, advancing to the championship game both times. They won in 2015 against UNF and lost in 2009 to Jacksonville, the No. 1 seed, 7-4 in a rain-shortened tournament at DeLand, Florida.

The Bisons have twice been the No. 6 seed in 2007 and 2013.

Scouting Jacksonville:  This is the second trip to Dugan Field for the Dolphins this season. During a three-game series April 15-17 Jacksonville won the first two games by scores of 7-5 and 2-0. The Bisons prevented the sweep with a 9-1 win in the series finale.

The Dolphins hold a 23-17 advantage in the series overall. They have an 11-9 record against Lipscomb at Dugan Field.

Around the horn:

  • Double-digit hits in 15 of last 16 games, set a school record with 13 straight.
  • Lipscomb hosts the ASUN Championship for the third time in program history, but the first time with them in the field after missing the tournament in 2010 and 2011.
  • The Bisons hope to become the 10th team in league history to win back to-back ASUN Championship titles and first team since 2012.
  • Puckett became the first Lipscomb pitcher to earn ASUN Pitcher of the Year after leading the league in wins (8), strikeouts (93), complete games (3) and innings pitched (100.2).
  • In league play, Puckett is 3-0 with a 2.87 ERA and 50 strikeouts.
  • The Bisons ended the regular season with a three-game sweep at Stetson.
  • The Bisons lead the ASUN by a wide margin in walks and stolen bases. Lipscomb has 267 walks in 2016 ahead of North Florida (213), while compiling a school-record 96 stolen bases with Jacksonville in second at 73.
  • In league play, Lipscomb owns the third-best team batting average at .323 led by Lee Solomon at .421 and Adam Lee at .361.
  • Solomon was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his 3.90 GPA in Law, Justice and Society. He was also named to the All-Conference Second Team at second base.
  • Adam Lee broke Caleb Joseph’s single-season RBI record with 62 runs driven in. That total is one ahead of the ASUN Player of the Year Jake Noll of FGCU. Lee’s total is 26th in the nation.
  • Michael Gigliotti ranks 51st in the nation and second in the ASUN with 54 runs scored. His 1.13 runs per game is 15th best.
  • Solomon leads the ASUN and ranks 29th nationally with 25 stolen bases. That is the second most in a season in school history.
  • Jeffrey Passantino ranks 12th nationally with a 6.91 strikeout-to- walk ratio. He is also 14 th in walks allowed per nine innings (1.12).
  • With a 1-0 shutout against Western Michigan on February 28, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up win No. 250 in a Bison uniform.