April 28, 2017123456789RHE
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: DIBRELL (5-3) 8.040055
Loss: PASSANTINO (2-2) 7.042216
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
ERWIN (KSU) 412100
GREESON (KSU) 412201
PERRY (LIP) 413101
April 29, 2017123456789RHE
Kennesaw State100010000283
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: PUCKETT (6-4) 9.082204
Loss: Moore (4-5) 2.043352
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Upshaw (KSU) 403100
HANKS (LIP) 613601
April 30, 2017123456789RHE
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Lipscomb000000001160
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: PRYOR (3-1) 1.000001
Loss: Stahl (0-1) 0.121121
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Allum (KSU) 402000
THOMAS (LIP) 402100
Baseball hosts Kennesaw State as teams jockey in ASUN standings
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Baseball hosts Kennesaw State as teams jockey in ASUN standings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team will wrap the month of April with a big ASUN Conference series against Kennesaw State this weekend at Ken Dugan Field. The three-game set with the Owls is scheduled to get under way with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday.

The rest of the series is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday and a 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Lipscomb enters the weekend 20-18 overall and 6-6 in ASUN action after sweeping NJIT on the road last week­.

Head Coach Jeff Forehand will keep Jeffrey Passantino in the Friday-night slot, but will move Brady Puckett up to Saturday. He is undecided on who will start the finale at this time.

Only Friday’s game will be shown on ESPN3. Both Saturday and Sunday can been seen through via Facebook Live on the Lipscomb Baseball Facebook Page. There will be no audio for the final two contests.

Live stats will be available for the entirety of the weekend.

 

PROBABLE ROTATION:
Friday
Lipscomb – Jeffrey Passantino:
(2-1, 3.18 ERA, 65.0 IP, 23 ER, 65 K, 7 BB)
Kennesaw St. – Tony Dibrell:
(4-3, 1.68 ERA, 69.2 IP, 13 ER, 76 K, 26 BB)

Saturday
Lipscomb – Brady Puckett:
(5-4, 4.16 ERA, 67.0 IP, 31 ER, 49 K, 15 BB)
Kennesaw St. – AJ Moore:
(4-4, 5.81 ERA, 52.2 IP, 34 ER, 45 K, 23 BB)

Sunday
Lipscomb – TBA
Kennesaw St. – Mason Ward:
(4-2, 3.26 ERA, 49.2 IP, 18 ER, 40 K, 14 BB)

 

SCOUTING KENNESAW STATE:

Kennesaw State enters the weekend 18-23 overall and a 7-5 in ASUN action, coming off a 1-2 mark over ASUN-leading Jacksonville at Stillwell Stadium. The Owls currently sit fourth in the standings, just ahead of Lipscomb.

Head Coach Mike Sansing is the reigning ASUN Coach of the Year, winning his first honors since Kennesaw State joined the ASUN in 2006. He is the second-youngest coach on the 1,000-win list, and is one of 13 active coaches with 1,000 victories who have coaches at least 10 seasons of D-I baseball. 

The Owls are hitting .303 (125-for-413) with 18 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 61 RBI in 12 conference games. They are out-scoring opponents 63-50 and out-hitting teams 125-100 in conference play. Kennesaw State is 14-9 overall when scoring first and 16-7 when out-hitting teams in a ballgame. 

Junior Grant Williams leads KSU with a .352 batting clip and a .377 mark in league play. He lost a 34-game reached base streak in the Owls’ Tuesday loss, falling three games shy of KSU’s D-I record.

Freshman Garrett Hodges has found his stroke in conference play, batting .375 (9-for-24) in eight games. He is riding a 7-game hitting streak in ASUN action and has reached base safely in all eight games.

 

AROUND THE HORN:

  • Kennesaw State leads the all-time series with Lipscomb 20-15, but it’s the Bisons who hold an 11-7 advantage in Nashville. The Owls have taken 2-of-3 from Lipscomb in each of the previous two seasons.
  • The Bisons are 22ndin the country with 204 walks on the season. Michael Gigliotti leads the way with 35, which is 14th best nationally.
  • After swiping 13 bases against NJIT, the Bisons now have 63 this season – the 26thmost in the country. Michael Gigliotti (17) and Lee Solomon (16) are second and third in the ASUN and both rank in the top 40 in the nation in bags.
  • The 1.66 stolen bases per game are the 19thmost across Davison I.
  • Gigliotti and Hunter Hanks are riding a 14-game on-base streak entering the weekend. Gigliotti also has a hit in 10 straight games.
  • Denton Norman is third in the ASUN with five saves.
  • John Pryor leads the team with 21 appearances out of the pen.
  • Zeke Dodson leads the Bisons with a .311 batting average. He is also tops on the team with 47 hits.
  • Friday’s hurler Jeffrey Passantino ranks sixth in the nation with a 9.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while ringing up 65 batters to just seven walks.
  • His 0.97 walks per nine innings pitched is 13th best in the country.
  • Brady Puckett is tied with KSU’s Tony Dibrell for the ASUN’s lead with two complete games.
  • Cade Sorrells is the only other Bison raking above the Mendoza line at .300. His 28 walks are second on the team behind Gigliotti, while his 28 RBI is third most.
  • Jake Perry (.287) leads the team with six home runs and 33 RBI.
  • Jeffrey Crisan hit two homers and drove in six RBI against NJIT. He only had one career home run and four RBI all season entering the series.
  • The Bisons have shown their power during ASUN action by slugging a league high 11 homers. No other team has more than eight. Their 83 RBI are second most.
  • Lipscomb also leads all teams in league play with 73 walks. FGCU is second with 42.
  • Against ASUN competition Hunter Hanks leads all players in slugging percentage (.673), home runs (4) and total bases (33).

 

UP NEXT:

The Bisons will return to the diamond next weekend to play host to Mississippi Valley State in Music City. The three-game set will get under way at 6 p.m. Friday, May 5.