NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Inside the final week of the 2017 baseball regular season, the Lipscomb Bisons will host Austin Peay on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
The game was originally supposed to be played in Clarksville, but with some reshuffling of the schedule and a makeup game that was played last week, the Govs will visit the Music City for the final midweek contest of the season for both teams.
Lipscomb limps into the showdown 26-23 overall after dropping its last four games.
The afternoon tilt will be streamed via Facebook Live, and live stats will also be available.
Lipscomb – RHP – Dayton Tripp: (3-3, 6.75 ERA, 41.1 IP, 31 ER, 21 K, 14 BB)
Austin Peay – RHP - Landon Kelly: (0-1, 4.12 ERA, 19.2 IP, 9 ER, 12 K, 9 BB)
The Governors head into the contest 23-27 on the season and 11-15 in Ohio Valley Conference action.
Austin Peay has won three of its last five games, including a 5-3 Sunday victory on the road at Notre Dame.
The Govs are batting .290 and are led by Alex Robles’ .351 clip. Dre Gleason is just behind at .348, while leading the team in home runs (11), RBI (54) and walks (31).
Austin Peay downed the Bisons 14-11 last Wednesday after scoring eight times in the bottom of the ninth inning to overcome a five-run deficit. Robles walked the Govs off with a grand slam.
Tuesday's starter, Landon Kelly, will be making his first start of the season for APSU. The righty has a 4.12 ERA in only 19.2 innings of relief.
AROUND THE HORN:
- The Bisons have already set a school record with 101 stolen bases on the year. That total ranks them seventh in the NCAA.
- Michael Gigliotti leads the speed brigade with 29 swipes – the second most in a single-season in program history – which ranks him fifth nationally.
- Lee Solomon is third in the ASUN Conference and 20th in the nation with 22.
- Gigliotti enters Tuesday riding a 25-game on-base streak.
- Tripp will make his first start on the hill since April 22 at NJIT. He has appeared in only two games since, combined to work 1.1 innings.
- The Bisons are third in the ASUN with 12 home runs on the year. Hunter Hanks (8) and Jake Perry (7) are the top two power threats. No other player has more than three.
- Lipscomb also ranks among the nation’s best with 270 walks – the ninth most nationally. That is 38 more than any other ASUN squad. Gigliotti (47) leads the league and ranks sixth across Division I in free passes. Cade Sorrells (38) and Zeke Dodson (32) are third and sixth, respectively in the ASUN.
- Sorrells and Jeffrey Crisan are tied for the team lead with a .314 batting average.
- Sorrells and Hanks are the top RBI men with 39 runs driven in.
Lipscomb will close out the regular season by hosting Stetson for three games at Dugan Field this weekend. The series opener is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday.