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Baseball eyes key ASUN series at Kennesaw State
Thursday, April 19, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Baseball eyes key ASUN series at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Lipscomb baseball team is set to finish off its longest road trip of the season this weekend when the Bisons take on Kennesaw State in a three-game ASUN Conference set at Fred Stillwell Stadium. Friday’s opener gets under way at 5 p.m. Friday.

All three contests can be seen through Facebook Live on the Owls homepage. Saturday’s tilt will toss first pitch at 1 p.m., followed by a noon start on Sunday.

Live stats will also be available for the entirety of the series.

 

Probable Starters

Friday
Lipscomb – Josh Colon – RHP (1-2, 2.45 ERA, 18.1 IP, 5 ER, 14 K, 13 BB) 
Kennesaw State– AJ Moore – RHP (4-0, 2.17 ERA, 49.2 IP, 12 ER, 57 K, 26 BB)  

Saturday
Lipscomb – Chris Kachmar– RHP (2-2, 4.05 ERA, 53.1 IP, 24 ER, 56 K, 21 BB) 
Kennesaw State – Brooks Buckler– RHP (2-1, 3.06 ERA, 47.0 IP, 16 ER, 32 K, 10 BB) 

Sunday
Lipscomb – Noah Thompson – LHP (3-3, 3.35 ERA, 43.0 IP, 16 ER, 21 K, 15 BB)
Kennesaw State – Jake Rothwell - RHP (3-1, 3.83 ERA, 42.1 IP, 18 ER, 40 K, 20 BB) 

 

SCOUTING THE OWLS

Kennesaw State enters the weekend 21-16 overall after winning 13 of its last 17 games. The recent success has landed the Owls on top of the ASUN table at 7-2 in league play. After taking 2-of-3 from USC Upstate and Stetson, the Owls swept North Florida last weekend at home.

KSU did, however, drop a 17-7 decision on the road at Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

The Owls, hitting .302 at home, lead the conference in runs scored (257), RBI (236), doubles (77), home runs (33), total bases (564) and double plays turned (29), while ranking second in slugging percentage (.432) and base hits (376).

A big part of KSU’s strong start in conference play has been its success on Friday nights led by RHP AJ Moore. The Owls are 7-2 this season on Friday's and are a perfect 3-0 so far in ASUN play. Moore is sixth in the conference with a 2.17 ERA on the season.

Jake Franklin had a massive series against North Florida. On Saturday in the two games, the junior outfielder went 6-9 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI. He nearly doubled his team-leading home run output from four to seven on the season. He is third in the ASUN with seven home runs and 34 runs driven in on the season.

Tyler Simon is fourth in the league with a .355 batting clip. He has 28 runs, 12 extra-base knocks, 22 RBI and 12 walks.

 

AROUND THE HORN

  • KSU holds a slight 21-17 edge in the overall series, however, the Bisons took 2-of-3 from the Owls in 2017. The last series win on the road at KSU was 2014.
  • The Bisons are riding a 4-game losing skid into this weekend, tying their lost streak of the season.
  • Only scoring three runs against Stetson last weekend, Lipscomb ranks seventh in the ASUN in runs (180) and hits (242).
  • Jeffrey Crisan leads the team in batting at .340 while also slugging .443.
  • Zeke Dodson is just behind Crisan with a .317 clip and a .496 slugging mark.
  • Chris Kachmar leads the team and stands seventh in the league with 56 strikeouts this season. He struck out four Hatters last Saturday.
  • Robbie Knox owns the team’s best ERA with a 1.72 – that total is second in the ASUN among all juniors.
  • Despite not swiping a bag in his last seven games, Blake Thomas still ranks second in the conference with 15 steals. He has 16 thefts all of last season.

  

UP NEXT

The Bisons come back home on Tuesday, April 24 to host Belmont at Dugan Field. The game will be a part of “Lipscomb Athletics Community Appreciation Day”. The game will throw first pitch at 6 p.m. That day will also see the Lipscomb softball team host Belmont as well at 5 p.m.

To show Lipscomb’s appreciation and love for our community, neither game will charge admission. Bring your family and a friend to watch what will hopefully be a pair of victories over the Bruins!