MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team is set for a short midweek trek into Blue Raider country to take on Middle Tennessee Tuesday. First pitch at Reese Smith Jr. Field is set for 6 p.m.
The Bisons (11-8) are coming off their first series sweep of the season against Illinois State over the weekend and will look to build on that momentum.
Lipscomb and Middle Tennessee will be meeting for the 33rd time in the school’s NCAA era. The series is even at 16-16 after the Bisons knocked off the Blue Raiders 3-2 on February 22.
The game will be broadcasted on CUSA.tv. and live stats will be available.
Lipscomb – Nicko Ortega - (0-0, 3.09 ERA, 11.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 K, 7 BB)
Middle Tennessee – Grant Williams - (0-1, 9.28 ERA, 10.2 IP, 11 ER, 7 K, 7 BB)
SCOUTING MIDDLE TENNESSEE:
The Blue Raiders enter the midweek 8-11 overall after dropping their last five games. MT opened Conference USA play this past weekend in Boca Raton, Florida against Florida Atlantic and lost all three meetings, two of those by one run. Those defeats came on the heel of losing 2-of-3 at Indiana last weekend.
As a team MT is batting .280 with 10 home runs, 97 RBI, 111 runs and 59 walks in 19 games.
Three batters are hitting above .300 for Middle – Aaron Aucker (.345), Riley Delgado (.325) and Austin Dennis (.300). Aucker paces the team with 15 RBI, while Delgado’s 27 base knocks are tops. Dennis owns six of the team’s 13 stolen bases.
Williams is set to make his second start of the season on the mound. In 10.2 innings he has allowed 11 earned runs and 15 hits with seven strikeouts and seven walks.
The staff owns a 7.35 ERA and are allowing opponents to bat .304.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Head coach Jeff Forehand is just two wins from No. 500 for his career.
- The Bisons rank 52nd the nation after having accrued 93 bases on balls with Gigliotti drawing an ASUN best 20 walks. Gigliotti's numbers rank ninth in the NCAA.
- Lipscomb's 23 stolen bases are first in the ASUN. Gigliotti and Solomon have combined for 13 swiped bags themselves, trailing only Stetson's Jacob Koos (7) for the most in the league.
- Gigliotti enters the game having reached base in all 19 games this season, and carries a team best seven-game hitting streak.
- The Bisons have turned 14 double plays, second most in the ASUN, with first baseman Sorrells and second baseman Lee Solomon participating in 13 of those defensive highlights.
The Bisons return home to host Evansville for a three-game set at Dugan Field this weekend. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6 p.m.