|May 24, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: MEYER (4-2)||2.2||1||0||0||1||4|
|Loss: PASSANTINO (4-3)||4.0||8||3||3||0||2|
|May 25, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: PUCKETT (8-6)||6.0||8||6||5||2||4|
|Loss: Jack Perkins (7-5)||1.1||5||4||0||0||1|
|Mike Spooner (STET)||5||1||2||0||0||0|
|Colton Lightner (STET)||4||2||2||2||0||1|
|May 26, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Florida Gulf Coast||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||X||3||7||1|
|Win: ANDERSON (7-1)||7.1||4||1||1||2||6|
|Loss: TRIPP (3-5)||6.2||6||2||2||2||3|
DELAND, Fla. – With the 2017 regular season in the rear view, the Lipscomb baseball team must now turn its focus to the ASUN Championship.
For the sixth-seeded Bisons, that postseason quest begins Wednesday at 10 a.m. when they battle the ASUN regular season champion and No. 1 seed Jacksonville Dolphins in the opening game of the tournament at Melching Field in DeLand, Florida on the campus of Stetson.
Lipscomb (27-26, 9-12 ASUN) and Jacksonville (33-22, 16-5 ASUN) can be seen on ESPN3 with Robert Harper and Brice Zimmerman on the call.
In order for Lipscomb to keep its Omaha dream alive, the recipe is simple – just win.
The Dolphins head into the postseason having won six of their last seven games, including taking 2-of-3 from North Florida last weekend. On the other side, the Bisons are looking to catch some momentum after dropping seven of their last eight outings.
Lipscomb – Jeffrey Passantino: (4-2, 2.93 ERA, 92.0 IP, 30 ER, 93 K, 9 BB)
Jacksonville – Chris Gau: (2-4, 4.00 ERA, 63.0 IP, 28 ER, 55 K, 11 BB)
AROUND THE HORN:
- The Bisons will open the ASUN Championship against Jacksonville after getting swept by the Dolphins on the road earlier this season. Jeffrey Passantino held JU to just two runs on seven hits in his seven-inning Thursday start, while Hunter Hanks and Cade Sorrells each tallied homers over the weekend.
- Passantino has tossed six-plus innings in nine of his 14 starts this season, sitting fourth in the conference with 92.0 frames of work. The right-hander has turned in 10 quality starts with a team-best 2.93 ERA.
- The Bisons have collected 277 walks this season, leading the rest of the ASUN field by 14. The team's total currently ranks 11th in Division I Baseball, while Michael Gigliotti's 50 are tied for seventh in the country.
- Zeke Dodson has recorded a hit in his previous seven starts, reaching first safely in 12 straight appearances. The sophomore has recorded a team-high 59 hits on the year, and has a .433 OBP in ASUN action.
- Gigliotti’s 24 runs scored in ASUN play is tied for a conference high, and is currently riding a six-game hitting streak. He also brings into the Championship a 29-game on-base streak.
- Lipscomb enters the ASUN Tournament as a sixth seed for the second time in club history. Six seeds have won the ASUN title four times with Stetson claiming the crown last season as the No. 6.
- Five of the 13 best base stealers in the ASUN reside on the Bisons squad, with Gigliotti holding a conference high 31, which ranks 4th in the nation. Lipscomb has swiped a school record 108 bags (5th nationally), the most by any ASUN team since Campbell stole 117 in 2009. No conference team has stolen more than 122 in the past two decades.
- Passantino ranks third in the nation with a 10.33 strikeout to walk ratio and fourth with 0.88 walks allowed per nine innings.
- Lipscomb and JU has faced off three times in the ASUN tournament, including a 10-8 victory over the Dolphins last season in Nashville.
With a win Wednesday, the Bisons would get the loser of No. 3 FGCU and No. 4 North Florida in a 2 p.m. game on Thursday.
With a loss to Jacksonville, Lipscomb would play the loser of No. 2 Stetson and No. 5 Kennesaw State at 10 a.m. Thursday.