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Jacksonville010011101541
Lipscomb100000100241
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: GAU (5-2) 8.042204
Loss: COLON (1-2) 4.202261
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
STEPHENS (JU) 312111
THOMAS (LIP) 401000
DODSON (LIP) 311101
SYMONETTE (LIP) 411000
WRIGHT (LIP) 301000
April 07, 2018123456789RHE
Jacksonville1320100007101
Lipscomb02120601X12123
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: KEMP (1-2) 3.031124
Loss: PALMER (1-1) 1.136431
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
LEHANE (JU) 512000
DUBRULE (JU) 402210
CASSALA (JU) 312010
GARRASTAZU (JU) 412100
BASHLOR (LIP) 523101
SOLOMON (LIP) 313320
April 08, 2018123456789RHE
Jacksonville00321560017180
Lipscomb030000300680
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: STOCKTON (3-4) 6.175524
Loss: THOMPSON (3-2) 4.076632
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
DUBRULE (JU) 633300
CAMACHO (JU) 523310
ARMSTRONG (JU) 423120
CRISAN (LIP) 312000
Baseball shifts focus to Jacksonville in ASUN showdown
Thursday, April 5, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Baseball shifts focus to Jacksonville in ASUN showdown

NASHVILLE – Kicking off a four-game home stand, the Lipscomb baseball team steps back into ASUN Conference action this weekend to play host to the Jacksonville Dolphins in a three-game series that is set to get underway at Noon on Friday at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. The opener was moved up from its original 6 p.m. start time due to rain moving in the area on Friday.

Friday and Sunday are slated air on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon on the call. Saturday’s contest is scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch followed by a Noon start on Sunday.

Live stats will be available HERE for the meeting. 

 

SERIES HISTORY

  • Lipscomb and Jacksonville have met 45 times in the series history. The Bisons are 18-27 against the Dolphins after dropping all four meetings last season.
  • At Dugan Field, the Dolphins lead 11-10 all-time.
  • The last time Jacksonville visited Nashville was 2016. The Bisons dropped 2-of-3 in the regular season meeting, but came back to grab a 10-8 victory in the ASUN Tournament opener behind four hits from Lee Solomon and three RBI from Tevin Symonette.

 

Probable Starters:

Friday
Lipscomb:
RHP – Josh Colon (1-1, 3.52 ERA, 7.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 K, 5 BB) 
Jacksonville:
RHP – Chris Gau (4-2, 2.40 ERA, 48.2 IP, 13 ER, 41 K, 9 BB)

Saturday
Lipscomb:
RHP – Chris Kachmar (2-1, 3.32 ERA, 43.1 IP, 16 ER, 50 K, 16 BB) 
Jacksonville:
RHP – Tyler Santana (5-1, 2.45 ERA, 44.0 IP, 12 ER, 25 K, 13 BB)

Sunday
Lipscomb:
LHP – Noah Thompson (3-1, 1.97 ERA, 32.0 IP, 7 ER, 17 K, 10 BB) 
Jacksonville:
RHP – Spencer Stockton (2-4, 4.81 ERA, 33.2 IP, 18 ER, 35 K, 11 BB)

  

SCOUTING THE DOLPHINS 

The Dolphins (19-11, 2-1 ASUN) come to Nashville as winners of 9 of their last 12 games. They opened league action last weekend at home North Florida and after dropping the opener on Friday 8-2, the Dolphins came back to take the series behind 7-2 and 5-2 triumphs on Saturday and Sunday. Jacksonville continued it momentum with a 2-1 victory over Florida A&M in midweek action before falling 6-2 at Florida State on Wednesday.

JU ranks second in the ASUN with a .287 batting average and 288 hits. They are led by John Cassala’s .282 clip at the dish. He is one of eight players batting over .300.

Jacob Southern leads the team and stands third in the conference with six home runs, while Evan Fernandez has four.

Angel Camacho is the team’s top run producer with 20 RBI. Southern is just behind with 19 and Scott Dubrule has 18.

The Dolphin pitching staff has combined for a 3.91 team ERA which ranks fourth best in the conference. Jacksonville pitchers have allowed 134 runs and are holding opponents to a .256 batting average. It has also recorded the second most saves in the league with 12. Eleven of those have come from the arm of freshman Chris Mauloni. 

Friday night starter Chris Gau is 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA and a team high 41 strikeouts. Saturday starter, sophomore Tyler Santana, leas the team and ranks third in the ASUN with five wins. He has a 2.45 ERA and 25 punchouts in 44.0 innings.  

 

AROUND THE HORN

  • Zeke Dodson leads the team with a .354 batting clip, 35 hits, six doubles, 21 RBI and a .545 slugging percentage. He also has a team-high 11 games of multiple hits and seven with multiple RBI.
  • Blake Thomas has provided the Bisons with plenty of spark after moving to the leadoff position. He has reached base safely in 22 straight games and leads the ASUN in stolen bases with 14. He tops the team with 26 runs scored and is batting .253 with four extra-base hits and 10 RBI.
  • Cade Sorrells is one of two players (Thomas) to have started all 27 games for Lipscomb this season. He leads the conference and ranks 17th in the country with 26 walks.
  • Sorrells is the 30th toughest player in the nation to strikeout as he only has seven punchouts in 98 at-bats – one in every 14 at-bats.
  • Tevin Symonette enters Tuesday having reached base in 14 consecutive contests. In total, he has reached safely in 18-of-19 games this season. At the dish, he has a base knock in five straight and in 11 of the last 12. The junior is batting .268 with two homers, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored.
  • Maddux Houghton leads the team with a six-game hitting streak.
  • Catcher Jeffrey Crisan is second on the team with a .342 batting average and 16 RBI.
  • 10 different players have recorded a home run for Lipscomb this season.
  • Chris Bashlor has seen a recent uptick at the dish. After batting .217 in the month of February, Bashlor has raised his average to .294. He hits in six of his last nine games with four multi-hit games and five multi-RBI contests. He hit his first career home run on Friday against NJIT.
  • Junior Robbie Knox leads the Lipscomb pitching staff with a 1.45 ERA – the 25th best mark in the nation. His 16 appearances also leads the team and is the 19th most in Division I.
  • Alex Dorso and Noah Thompson leads the Bisons with three wins each. Dorso earned two wins this last week (Vandy and NJIT), while Thompson is second on the squad with a 1.97 ERA.
  • Kyle Kemp paces the squad with four saves. Knox is just behind with three.

 

UP NEXT

Lipscomb will wrap its four-game homestand on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. tilt against Austin Peay before hitting the road for seven straight beginning at Stetson next weekend.