NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb baseball team and 13th-year head coach Jeff Forehand are excited to announce the 2019 schedule for the Bisons.
Lipscomb will play a total of 56 games during the campaign with 38 in front of its own fans at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“This 2019 schedule looks to be as a competitive of a schedule we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Forehand said. “It’s one that should put us in great position for postseason play.
“Every opponent we play on our schedule is truly solid, and it will only enhance our opportunity to make a NCAA Regional.”
The Bisons have seen a lot of winning baseball when playing at home with a record of 225-153 (.595) during Forehand’s 13 years. Unfortunately, for the fans waiting until warm-weather baseball, Lipscomb will play 15 of its first 17 games at Dugan Field, including 11-straight to open the new campaign.
The Purple and Gold will get the season started against Valparaiso (Feb. 15-17), and will stay at home for the next eight games. After hosting Western Kentucky on Feb. 19, the Bisons will welcome Northern Illinois (Feb. 21), Western Michigan (Feb. 22), Toledo (Feb. 23) and Bradley (Feb. 24) in the SAF Dirt Classic before closing out the home stand versus Xavier (March 1-3).
Lipscomb will then go on the road for one game at Austin Peay (March 5) before returning back to Nashville with four home games against Memphis (March 6) and Hartford (March 8-10).
The Hawks are coming off a season in which they won the America East regular season championship with a 16-8 mark in league play. They then swept through the conference tournament with wins over Stony Brook and UMASS Lowell, to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament in the DeLand Regional.
The Bisons will play eight of the next 10 games on the road, including trips to Belmont (March 12) and Middle Tennessee (March 19). Lipscomb will make a weekend trip to the Buckeye State where they will play Ohio State (March 15-17).
“We got a good deal with Ohio State,” Forehand said. “We go there this year and then they will return a trip to Nashville next season. We feel it will be a big atmosphere that will have a regional-type feel to it.”
Lipscomb will play its third mid-state team on March 26 when the Bisons and Commodores meet in downtown Nashville. For the third straight season, the Bisons will take on Vanderbilt at First Tennessee Park, home of the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.
The diamond Bisons get a pair of marquee midweeks in the first part of April. They will trek to Knoxville on April 9 to face the Tennessee Volunteers before returning home the next day on April 10 to host the Kentucky Wildcats. The matchups give Lipscomb three meetings with Southeastern Conference foes.
In its final nonconference series at home, Lipscomb will welcome the Texas State Tigers on April 12-14. TSU won the SWAC Championship Tournament with a perfect 4-0 mark that saw them earn wins over Alcorn State, Jackson State (x2) and Grambling State. They competed in the Austin Regional where losses to Texas and Indiana ended their season.
With the addition of Liberty and North Alabama to the ASUN Conference, the Bisons will play nine league series – which is the most since 2014 when they also played 27 conference contests
League play opens on the road against Jacksonville (March 22-24). Lipscomb will also travel to FGCU (April 5-7), NJIT (April 18-20) and Liberty (May 10-12). At home, fans will get a chance to see the Bisons take on Kennesaw State (March 29-31), defending champion Stetson (April 26-28), North Florida (May 3-5) before closing the regular season with North Alabama (May 16-18).
The ASUN Tournament will be held May 21-25 in DeLand, Florida at Stetson’s Melching Field at Conrad Park. The top six teams in the league standings advance to the championship.
- Lipscomb’s two longest home stands are 11 (Feb. 15-March 3) and eight (April 23-May 5) games.
- The Dugan Award presentation will be on Friday, May 3 and Senior Day will be Saturday, May 4 when Lipscomb hosts North Florida.
- The Bisons will open at home for the 10th consecutive season under Forehand.
BY THE NUMBERS:
56 Total Games
38 Games at Dugan Field
24 ASUN Games
17 True Road Games
16 Games vs. Teams that Finished 2018 with Top-100 RPI
15 Games Lipscomb will play outside the state lines of Tennessee
14 Games vs. 2018 NCAA Tournament Participants
6 Games vs. Power 5 opponents
3 Games vs. SEC opponents
1 Neutral Site Game