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Lipscomb100000000150
NJIT13010000X5100
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: KACSO (1-4) 9.051124
Loss: KACHMAR (5-3) 7.0955210
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
HOUGHTON (LIP) 412000
MARCANO (NJIT) 412000
HUSSEY (NJIT) 412101
April 18, 2019123456789RHE
Lipscomb100105000793
NJIT1010000114113
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: THOMPSON (2-4) 6.052106
Loss: STAFFLINGER (1-4) 5.277333
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
BERTOLANI (LIP) 413300
HELMKAMP (NJIT) 513100
April 19, 2019123456789RHE
Lipscomb21120210110141
NJIT0000010405104
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: COLON (2-3) 6.051103
Loss: LUBRESKI (4-6) 4.096612
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
ADAMS (LIP) 443110
HOUGHTON (LIP) 513100
MARCANO (NJIT) 514100
Baseball Returns To Conference Play With Series At NJIT
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
By Jack Bluhm
Baseball Returns To Conference Play With Series At NJIT

NEWARK, N.J. – The Lipscomb baseball team returns to conference play with a series at NJIT April 18-19.

The Bisons (19-17, 3-6 ASUN) have won four straight coming into the series and won their midweek matchup versus Middle Tennessee in a high-scoring 12-10 game this past Tuesday.

The series has had some time changes due to poor weather predicted over the weekend. The two ball clubs will now play a doubleheader on Thursday starting at 11 a.m. CST with the second game approximately starting 35 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. The series finale will be on Friday with first pitch scheduled for noon CST.

Audio and live stats will be available for all three games through the NJIT website.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS:

Thursday Game 1 – RHP Chris Kachmar (5-2, 3.88 ERA) vs. RHP Jared Kacso (0-4, 6.43 ERA)

Thursday Game 2 – LHP Noah Thompson (1-4, 7.23 ERA) vs. RHP Tyler Stafflinger (1-3, 3.96 ERA)

Friday – RHP Joshua Colon (2-3, 3.44 ERA) vs. RHP Sean Lubreski (4-5, 4.50 ERA)

 

SCOUTING NJIT:

  • The Highlanders come into the series with an overall record of 11-18-1 and are 3-9 in ASUN conference play.
  • NJIT’s 3-9 conference record has the Highlanders in last place in the conference standings at this point in the season.
  • NJIT got swept over the weekend by North Florida and was outscored 17-5 during the series.
  • Freshman Brett Helmkamp leads the Highlanders in hitting with a batting average of .339. The infielder has played in every game for the Highlanders this season and is tied for the team-lead in hits (37), tied for fourth in doubles (5) and is fourth in RBI (16).
  • Sean Lubreski has been the most effective starter for NJIT on the season. The redshirt senior has made nine starts on the season and has thrown three complete games. Lubreski leads the team with 60.0 innings pitched and has struck out 28 batters.

 

AROUND THE HORN:

  • The Bisons are currently on a four-game win streak after sweeping Texas Southern over the weekend and coming away with the win in their midweek matchup.
  • Lipscomb’s offense has found some pop during that stretch as it has recorded double-digit hits and runs in every game.
  • The Purple and Gold currently sit one spot ahead of the Highlanders in the ASUN standings with a 3-6 conference record.
  • Every conference series the Bisons have played this year has involved a sweep. The Bisons swept Kennesaw State and got swept by Jacksonville and FGCU.
  • Maddux Houghton continues to have a stellar sophomore campaign and leads the Bisons in hitting with a clip of .357, which is tied for the third-best mark in the ASUN.
  • Houghton has also showed off his power as he leads the team in triples with four, which is tied for the most in the ASUN, and is tied for the team lead in home runs with four.
  • Chris Bashlor isn’t far behind Houghton in hitting with an average of .356. The redshirt sophomore is second on the team with 42 hits and has scored the most runs with 33.
  • Chris Kachmar has been solid on the mound for Lipscomb all year long and leads the squad with 51.0 innings pitched. The senior right-hander also has a team-high 55 strikeouts on the year.
  • Noah Thompson was able to pick up his first victory of the season in his last outing versus Texas Southern. The sophomore had an effective outing going 7.0 innings, only allowed five hits and struck out five batters.
  • Joshua Colon has won two of his last three outings and has the lowest ERA out of the usual starters on the Lipscomb pitching staff at 3.44.

 

UP NEXT:

Lipscomb will return home for the second installment of the Battle of the Boulevard this season on April 23. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Bisons came away with a convincing 18-3 victory the first time they faced the Bruins back on March 12.