|April 13, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: STOCKTON (5-2)||1.0||3||2||2||0||2|
|Loss: NORMAN (3-3)||0.2||1||1||1||0||2|
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|Win: BAUMANN (2-3)||7.0||1||1||1||3||6|
|Loss: TRIPP (3-3)||4.0||7||2||2||0||1|
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|Win: POTTER (2-1)||1.2||2||0||0||1||1|
|Loss: PUCKETT (4-4)||6.0||8||5||4||1||2|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb baseball team returns to the road this weekend as the Bisons travel to Jacksonville for an ASUN Conference series with the Dolphins at John Sessions Stadium. With it being Easter weekend, the series opener is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a 6 p.m. start on Friday and an 11 a.m. first pitch on Sunday.
Coming off a series loss to North Florida last weekend, Lipscomb’s head coach Jeff Forehand had decided to continue to shake up the lineup. This time, however, the changes come in the rotation.
Moving up a day, Jeffrey Passantino will now start Thursday’s opener. Dayton Tripp will toss on Friday before Brady Puckett closes the series on Saturday.
The first two games of the weekend will be broadcasted on ESPN3 while live stats will be available for all three.
Lipscomb – RHP - Jeffrey Passantino (1-1, 3.29 ERA, 52.0 IP, 19 ER, 53 K, 6 BB)
Jacksonville – RHP – Chris Gau (2-3, 3.92 ERA, 41.1 IP, 18 ER, 37 K, 6 BB)
Lipscomb – RHP – Dayton Tripp (3-2, 6.54 ERA, 31.2 IP, 23 ER, 20 K, 12 BB)
Jacksonville – RHP – Michael Baumann (1-3, 3.25 ERA, 44.1 IP, 16 ER, 58 K, 18 BB)
Lipscomb – RHP – Brady Puckett (4-3, 4.28 ERA, 54.2 IP, 26 ER, 43 K, 12 BB)
Jacksonville – LHP – Casey Kulina (2-0, 2.66 ERA, 47.1 IP, 14 ER, 51 K, 17 BB)
Jacksonville enters the weekend as one of the surprise teams in the ASUN through the first two weeks. JU enters the weekend 19-16 overall after winning its last seven contests. The recent surge has the Dolphins tied atop the league standings at 5-1 after taking 2-of-3 from Florida Gulf Coast and sweeping NJIT over the last two weekends.
Offensively the Dolphins rank 30th in the nation with 348 hits, led by Nathan Koslowski who is third in the country with 56. The senior outfielder paces the club with a .376 batting clip, 26 runs scored, 12 doubles and 31 RBI. His 17 walks are second most.
Sophomore infielder Angel Camacho, with only four home runs, is JU’s leading power hitter. His is batting .299 with 27 RBI.
The Dolphins’ pitching staff is second in the ASUN with a team 3.79 ERA and are holding opponents to the third best average against at .256. JU trails only Stetson in total strikeouts (302).
Jacksonville’s projected rotation has combined to go 5-6 with a 3.25 ERA and 146 strikeouts this season.
Baumann leads the team with 58 punchouts and ranks 33rd across Division I averaging 11.77 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Kulina is 2-0 in eight starts on the year. His 2.66 ERA is the lowest on the team among any player who has made a start. Gau is a two-way player for the Dolphins. He is 2-3 with a 3.92 ERA, but has given up the most hits (45) on the team.
AROUND THE HORN:
- The Bisons are 18-23 all-time against the Dolphins. Jacksonville leads the series at Sessions Stadium 11-7 after taking 2-of-3 in 2015.
- Lipscomb’s 46 stolen bases are tops in the ASUN, nine 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 eighth 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 is second in the ASUN with 13 stolen bases. Gigliotti is just behind with 12. Stetson’s Jacob Koos leads the league with 14.
- 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 eighth most in the conference.
- Gigliotti ranks fourth 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, which is fourth in the ASUN. 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 last 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.
- Jeffrey Passantino’s 8.83 strikeouts per nine innings is the 11th best total in the nation among qualifiers. His 1.04 walks allowed per nine innings is 21st.
- Brady Puckett and Passantino have combined to toss 38-percent of all innings for Lipscomb this season. The duo has a combined 3.81 ERA. The rest of the staff has a 6.08 ERA.
Lipscomb makes a pit stop in Nashville for a Tuesday midweek with Austin Peay on April 18 at 6 p.m. at Dugan Field, before hitting the road again for a three-game series at NJIT. It will be the first time the Bisons are visiting the Highlanders since joining the ASUN.