Bisons land three on ASUN All-Conference teams
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Bisons land three on ASUN All-Conference teams

LAKEPOINT, Ga. – When the ASUN Conference announced its annual postseason honors Tuesday night at an awards banquet in Jacksonville, Florida, the Lipscomb baseball team had three players collect hardware.

Lee Solomon led the way with selections to the All-Academic and Second Team All-Conference teams, while Noah Thompson and Maddux Houghton each landed on the All-Freshman squad.

Lee Solomon | 2B | Second Team All-Conference | All-Academic

Solomon found his way to the All-ASUN second team for the second time in his career after making his first appearance in 2016. On the classroom side of things, he carried a 3.61 GPA while majoring in Law, Justice and Society. It was his third-career selection to the All-Academic squad, more than any other player on the list.

His final season in the Purple and Gold got off to a slow start, only batting .214 over the first half of the season. To make matters worse, he was then sidelined for a month after suffering an injury. However, for those that know Solomon, it was no surprise to see him turn things around once he got back on the diamond.

He saw action in just 37 games for Lipscomb, making 34 starts at second base. He finished second on the team with a .283 batting average with 34 hits in 120 at-bats. Over the final 22 games of the regular season, he raised his average 83 points.

The Columbus, Ohio native led the Bisons in home runs (7), runs (36), doubles (9), slugging percentage (.550) and on-base percentage (.416). He collected 17 extra-base hits to go along with 23 RBI, 21 walks and 12 stolen bases. His seven long balls are the most of his career and represent the third highest total in the league.

In conference play only, he paced all ASUN players with a .703 slugging clip, six home runs and 45 total bases, while his .456 OBP, 21 runs and six doubles were all third best. His .328 batting average was tops for Lipscomb – 31 points higher than any other Bison.

Earned the final ASUN Player of the Week honor to give him two for his career. He went 6-for-15 with three homers, four RBI, eight runs and two stolen bases in three games against FGCU. He scored a season high four runs in the series opener last Friday, just two games after hitting a career best two home runs in a Saturday win over North Florida the previous weekend.

Noah Thompson | LHP | All-Freshman

As a walk-on to begin his Lipscomb career, Thompson quickly showed the Bisons coaching staff he was worthy of a spot in the weekend rotation and earned the Sunday role in the first series of the season.

He compiled a 4-4 record in 50.1 innings of work over 11 starts. He finished the regular season second on the team and first among all ASUN freshman with a 3.03 ERA. He struck out 26 batters and walked 24 while limiting opponents to a .229 batting average.

The Louisville, Kentucky native was a model of consistency as he allowed just one earned run or fewer in 6-of-11 appearances and two or fewer in 8-of-11.

In ASUN play, Thompson was 1-3 with a 3.74 ERA and fanned 11 batters in 33.2 frames.

His longest contests of the year came against UNC Greensboro on March 18 and Stetson on April 15 when he went 7.0 innings. Perhaps his best outing of the season came in his third career start against Northern Kentucky in early March when the southpaw allowed no earned runs and only gave up three base hits with four strikeouts in 6.0 frames.

After missing some time with injury, Thompson came back to work 12.1 innings against North Florida and FGCU in his final starts of the regular season. In those games, he combined to give up just three runs and nine hits.

His ERA never got above 3.33 at any point this season.

Lipscomb begins tournament play Wednesday at 2 p.m. CT when it faces the No. 2 seeded Jacksonville Dolphins at Harmon Stadium on the campus of North Florida.

Maddux Houghton | OF | All-Freshman

Houghton was fourth on the team with 46 starts this season, primarily as the centerfielder. He put together a nice rookie season to hit .255 with 40 base hits and 23 RBI.

The Dalton, Georgia product collected 21 runs and 18 walks to go along with three home runs, nine doubles and nine stolen bases. His .355 on-base percentage was the fourth best mark on the squad.

In 21 games against league competition, Houghton raked .260 with 19 hits in 73 at-bats. His four doubles were the second most on the squad, while his 12 RBI was the third most.

He had nine multi-hit and five multi-RBI games, including a 4-RBI performance with a grand slam in a 12-4 win over Northern Kentucky on March 4. He also recorded the first 3-hit game of his career against the Highlanders on March 3, going 3-for-4 with a double.