Western Kentucky visits Music City for baseball midweek
Monday, April 10, 2017
By Kirk Downs
Western Kentucky visits Music City for baseball midweek

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb Baseball will look to rebound from its series loss over the weekend when Western Kentucky comes to town Tuesday for a 6 p.m. It will be the fourth midweek game of the season at Ken Dugan Field, where the Bisons are 2-1 in such contests.

Lipscomb dropped its first two games at home to North Florida this past weekend before playing one of its most complete games of the season Sunday to cage the Ospreys 8-1.

Lipscomb and Western Kentucky have met 19 times in the program’s NCAA era with the Hilltoppers holding a 12-7 advantage in the all-time series. The Bisons knocked off WKU 10-4 in Bowling Green back in February and will try for its first sweep in the series since 2013.

The Bisons’ last victory against the Toppers in Nashville was a 6-5 decision in 2015.

Tuesday’s tilt can be seen via a video stream from Lipscomb Baseball’s Facebook page. Live stats will also be available.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS:

Lipscomb – RHP - Kyle Kemp (2-1, 6.65 ERA, 21.2 IP, 16 ER, 25 K, 13 BB)
Western Ky. – RHP - Bailey Sutton (1-0, 10.80 ERA, 15 IP, 18 ER, 16 K, 15 BB)

 

SCOUTING WESTERN KENTUCKY:

The Hilltoppers enter the contest 11-22 overall and 4-8 in Conference USA play. WKU has lost seven of its last 10 and are coming off a series loss on the road to the University of Texas at San Antonio. Western Kentucky dropped the opener 14-2 and then won Saturday’s matchup 4-3 before falling in the finale 7-1.

Offensively, WKU sports a .254 batting average and is led by Colie Currie’s .339 clip. Currie paces the Hilltoppers with 40 base hits, four triples and 14 walks. His seven doubles and 16 RBI are the third best totals on the squad.

 Thomas Peter (.302) leads the team with seven homers and 22 runs scored. Hunter Wood (.276) is the top RBI man with 20. Peter and Wood are tied with a team high eight doubles.

The WKU pitching staff has posted a combined 5.86 ERA with 226 strikeout and 121 walks in 291.2 innings. Opponents are batting .314 against the Toppers.

 

AROUND THE HORN:

  • Lipscomb’s 46 stolen bases are tops in the ASUN, 12 more than any other team.
  • After drawing 12 walks in the series with UNF, the Bisons lead the league with 162 free passes on the season. Michael Gigliotti is tied for the ASUN lead and ranks in the top 10 nationally with 29.
  • Hunter Hanks and Gigliotti lead the Bisons with a 7-game on-base streak.
  • Since taking over second base full time on March 18, Hanks leads the team with a .404 batting clip (19-of-47), three home runs and 20 RBI. He has raised his season average from .105 to .318 in that span and has recorded five multi-hit and six multi-RBI games.
  • Lee Solomon leads the ASUN with 13 stolen bases. Gigliotti is just behind with 12.
  • Zeke Dodson has hits in 14 of his last 15 games, including a career best 12-game hitting streak that came to an end Friday. He leads the team with a .319 average, 38 hits and 55 total bases. He also is tops on the squad with 10 multi-hit games this season.
  • Jake Perry drove in a run against UNF to take his team leading RBI total to 26 – tied for fifth most in the conference.
  • Gigliotti ranks third in the ASUN with 29 runs scored in 2017. He is third all-time in Lipscomb’s NCAA era having crossed the dish 135 times. M.L. Williams (09-12) is the leader at 163.
  • Lipscomb ranks fourth in the ASUN with 15 home runs. Perry (4), Hanks (3) and Dodson (2) are the top three long ball threats for the Bisons. Nine different players have gone deep this season.
  • Solomon leads the Bisons with nine doubles. Gigliotti is second with eight and Dodson is third with seven.
  • John Pryor is tied for second in the ASUN with 17 appearances on the year, just one behind the leader.
  • Denton Norman has made 16 appearances out of the pen to post a team-high four saves. The senior righty also has three wins to his name in a bounce back year after missing all of 2016 with injury.
  • The one run allowed by Lipscomb’s staff on Sunday was the fewest since holding Evansville to a single tally on March 24. The four hits given up were also the second fewest of the season. Lipscomb held Bowling Green to just one hit on February 24.

 

UP NEXT:

Lipscomb has a quick turnaround with Easter weekend coming up. The Bisons will travel to the Sunshine State to take on Jacksonville in a three-game set beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. The series will continue at 6 p.m. Friday and then wrap up at noon on Saturday.