Baseball looks to get back on track against Austin Peay
Monday, April 17, 2017
Baseball looks to get back on track against Austin Peay

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team will look to get back to its winning ways Tuesday when the Bisons host Austin Peay at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium in nonconference action. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

The Bisons are fresh off a three-game sweep at ASUN Conference leader Jacksonville, the first sweep in league play since 2014.

Lipscomb enters its first meeting of the season with the Governors at 17-17 overall, while APSU brings a 15-16 record.

Sophomore Adam Stewart (1-2, 7.77 ERA) is scheduled to make his fifth start of the season on the mound for Lipscomb. The righty drew the Sunday nod in the rotation through the first four weeks of the season before moving to the pen. His last start came against Michigan on March 12 where he lasted 3.2 frames and gave up three runs on five hits.

The contest will be streamed via Facebook Live through the Lipscomb Baseball page. Also live stats will be available.

 

PROBABLE ROTATION:

Lipscomb – RHP – Adam Stewart: (1-2, 7.77 ERA, 22.0 IP, 19 ER, 11 K, 15 BB)
Austin Peay – LHP – John Sparks: (1-1, 12.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, 16 ER, 14 K, 17 BB)

 

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY:

The Governors enter Tuesday having won three of their last five tilts, but dropped the series over the weekend at Eastern Kentucky.

APSU blasted six homers against EKU and will come to Nashville as the nation’s fifth best long ball team with 54.

Senior first baseman Dre Gleason became the first Austin Peay player named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List last week, and followed up that announcement with four hits and four RBI during the Eastern Kentucky series. He is batting a team best .404 with 11 doubles, nine home runs, 43 RBI and 21 walks.

Four other players are batting over .300 for the Governors.

Junior southpaw John Sparks will make his first start of the season after drawing five a season ago. He is 1-1 with a 12.00 ERA in 12 innings of work.

 

AROUND THE HORN:

  • Lipscomb is 5-20 against the Govs all-time in the program’s NCAA era, including a 2-11 record in Nashville.
  • The Bisons split a pair of meetings with APSU in 2016 with the home team winning each contest. Lipscomb lost 11-8 in the first meeting at Clarksville before scoring four times in the ninth to walk-off 8-7 at Dugan Field.
  • Lipscomb is 12-9 at home and 5-7 on the road this season.
  • With 174 free passes, the Bisons rank 33rd Michael Gigliotti is second in the ASUN and 14th across Division I with 31.
  • The Bisons have been deadly on the base paths this season, swiping a conference-leading 50 bags – the 36th most in the country. Gigliotti and Lee Solomon are tied for second in the ASUN with 14 steals apiece.
  • Gigliotti and Hunter Hanks have reached base in 10 straight games entering Tuesday.
  • Solomon is sixth in the ASUN with 10 doubles.

 

UP NEXT:

Lipscomb hits the road in ASUN Conference action for the second weekend in a row when the Bisons travel to NJIT for three games, marking their first-ever trip to New Jersey. Friday's opener is set for 5 p.m.