NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team opens its last road swing of the seasonTuesday when the Bisons visit Clarksville, Tennessee to take on Austin Peay. First pitch for the Bisons final midweek contest of the season is set for 6 p.m. at Raymond C. Hand Park.
Lipscomb (20-24) will try to continue its recent momentum as the final two weeks of the regular season are upon us. After taking the series from USC Upstate to close out the month of April, the Bisons swept Southeast Missouri over the weekend in a shortened two-game series at Dugan Field.
Junior Erik Gutierrez will go to the mound for the Purple and Gold with a 1-0 mark and a 12.05 ERA in 18.2 innings of work. He last took the mound on April 29 with a two-out performance against Upstate. His only start of the season came against Northern Kentucky on March 2. He worked 3.2 innings and gave up two runs on six hits in the start.
SCOUTING THE GOVS
Austin Peay is coming off a series road victory against SIUE this past weekend. A 12-7 loss on Sunday in the finale, halted the Govs season-best 5-game win streak that saw them go 31 straight innings without giving up a run.
APSU ranks among the nation’s best in multiple categories: 10th in doubles (105), runs (354) and scoring (7.4), 12th in walks (254) and 16th in home runs (55).
Garrett Kueber leads a group of four players batting above the Mendoza line at .365. His 33 RBI and 28 walks are third on the team.
Parker Philips brings the power for Austin Peay. Not only is he raking .331, but the sophomore is fifth in the nation with 17 home runs and 15th in RBI with 55.
Southpaw, Josh Rye, is expected to get the start for the Govs. He is 1-3 with a 9.39 ERA on the season.
AROUND THE HORN:
- Senior Jake Perry is on a tear with a team-high 10-game hitting streak. In those 10 games, he has raised his batting average nearly 100 points to .287 – the third best mark on the team. His recent power surge has him leading the squad with six home runs to go along with 21 RBI.
- Zeke Dodson paced the team with a .302 batting clip, 48 hits, two triples, and 26 walks. He is second with four bombs.
- Blake Thomas swiped his 17th stolen base of the season against SEMO. He leads the team with 31 runs scored.
- Jeffrey Crisan smashed his third homer of the season on senior day Sunday. He is the team’s RBI leader with 28, and his .292 average is second.
- The Bisons pitching staff sports a 5.55 ERA with 314 Ks in 395.1 innings.
- Robbie Knox earned his team-leading fifth save of the year on Sunday by working the final two innings.
Lipscomb travels to Jacksonville, Florida to take on the North Florida Ospreys in three games this weekend. Friday’s opener is set for 5:05 p.m.