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Updated: Baseball Welcomes #19 Michigan to Dugan Field
Thursday, March 9, 2017
By Kirk Downs
Updated: Baseball Welcomes #19 Michigan to Dugan Field

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time in program history the Lipscomb baseball team will host a nationally ranked team for a weekend series when the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines visit Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium for three games.

The series was originally scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday, but impending weather has prompted a schedule change for the weekend.

The Bisons and Wolverines will now play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1 p.m., followed by the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday. No games will be played Saturday.  

Continue to check back for further updates.

Lipscomb (8-4) is coming off back-to-back wins over Auburn and Tennessee Tech, while Michigan (9-3) comes to Nashville after posting a 7-1 mark over spring break on the West Coast.

All three games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and live stats will be available.

 

Probable Rotation:

Friday (GM1)
Lipscomb – RHP – Brady Puckett (2-1, 4.50 ERA, 20.0 IP, 10 ER, 16 K, 4 BB)
Michigan – LHP – Oliver Jaskie (1-0, 2.25 ERA, 16.0 IP, 4 ER, 16 K, 8 BB)

Friday (GM2)
Lipscomb – RHP – Jeffrey Passantino (0-0, 2.76 ERA, 16.1 IP, 5 ER, 23 K, 4 BB)
Michigan – RHP – Ryan Nutof (1-0, 5.28 ERA, 15.1 IP, 9 ER, 15 K, 5 BB)

Sunday
Lipscomb – RHP – Adam Stewart (1-1, 9.58 ERA, 10.1 IP, 11 ER, 2 K, 12 BB)
Michigan – LHP – Michael Hendrickson (0-0, 2.77 ERA, 13.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 K, 6 BB) 

 

Scouting Michigan:

The Wolverines capped off their West Coast trip last Sunday with a win over San Diego at the prestigious Dodger Stadium. On the 8-game trip to California, Michigan’s only loss came to UCLA in a 1-0 decision.

After posting wins over USC, San Diego and Loyola Marymount, the Wolverines jumped into the national polls for the first time this season, garnering a No. 19 ranking by Collegiate Baseball and a No. 24 ranking by D1Baseball.

Sophomore Ako Thomas paced the team on the trip with a .371 batting average with a team-high eight runs and three stolen bases. He currently ranks tied for third in the country with nine stolen bags on the year.

UM is one of the most lethal teams in the nation when it gets on the base, swiping 30 stolen bases in 33 attempts, the third most bags in the NCAA. They are averaging 2.5 steal per game.

Offensively the Wolverines rank 20th nationally with 70 walks on the season and are led by Jake Bivens’ 12. Bivens has also been plunked a team high six times, the 12th most in the nation.

Michigan has outscored its opponents 78-to-44 through the first 12 games of the season and currently have four players batting over .300.

Sophomore Miles Lewis leads the team with a .340 clip and five doubles. Thomas is next with a .333 average, while seniors Harrison Wenson (.319) and Michael Brdar (.304) are just behind. Wenson, however, does lead the team and ranks second in the Big Ten with 14 RBI.

Michigan’s pitching staff holds a stingy 3.28 ERA and are allowing opponents to bat .243. They have not allowed any team to score more than three runs in its previous six contests.

The trio of Jaskie, Hendrickson and Nutof have combined to strike out 40 batters in 44.1 innings of work while going 2-0.

The Wolverines are the 16th best fielding team in the nation with a .984 percentage.

 

Around the Horn:

  • Michigan owns a 1-0 record all-time against the Bisons. UM won the lone meeting 17-14 in Conway, South Carolina on March 13, 2010. 
  • Lipscomb has never hosted a ranked team for a weekend series. The last ranked opponent to visit Dugan Field was No. 15 Vanderbilt in 2010 when the Dores took a 13-10 victory.
  • Lipscomb's 16 stolen bases and its success rate of .800 is first in the ASUN. Gigliotti and Solomon have combined for eight swiped bags themselves, trailing only Stetson's Jacob Koos for the most in the league.
  • The Bisons rank 20th in the nation after having accrued 70 bases on balls with Gigliotti drawing an ASUN best 16 walks. Gigliotti's numbers rank fourth in the NCAA, just four off the best in the country.
  • Cade Sorrells has reached base in all 12 of Lipscomb's contests in 2017, getting on first at a clip of .444. He and Gigliotti are the only two Bisons to reach in every game.
  • Zeke Dodson has his own hitting streak of four games and has registered multiple hits in the Bisons' previous three outings. Dodson has drawn four walks in that stretch with a pair of doubles, on the way to slashing .545/.688/.727 during that time frame.
  • Lipscomb hammered a season-high five doubles in its 11-9 victory over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday with junior Blake Thomas laying claim to a pair on three hits, his second 3-hit performance in as many games.
  • The Bisons have turned a league-high 12 double plays, with first baseman Sorrells and second baseman Lee Solomon participating in 11 of those defensive highlights.
  • Friday starter Brady Puckett enters the weekend with 18 career wins and needs just one victory to tie Brandon McClurg for the most all-time in the Bisons NCAA era.
  • Saturday’s hurler Jeffrey Passantino has struck out a team-high 23 batters after ringing up nine and eight in his last two outings. His strikeout total ranks 50th in the nation, and his 12.67 Ks-per-nine-innings is 62nd
  • Senior Denton Norman has made a team-high eight appearances out of the pen, the 11th most in the country.

 

Up Next:

Lipscomb will travel up the road to face rival Belmont in the first of two meetings this season. Tuesday’s game at Rose Park is set for 4 p.m.

Stay tuned for more information in the event of inclement weather this weekend. Updates will be posted on LipscombSports.com/Baseball. You can also follow @BisonBaseball on Twitter, @LipscombBaseball on Instagram or ‘Like’ the Bisons on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LUBaseball.