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Bisons to battle four SEC opponents in '07

Friday, December 01, 2006

Dec. 1, 2006

Lipscomb baseball Head Coach Jeff Forehand has released the schedule for the Bisons 2007 season.

The Bisons will open the season at home by taking on Evansville in a three game series February 9-11.

"We have a competitive schedule that will prepare us for a tough A-Sun conference," Forehand said.

Following that series the Bisons will travel to Alabama to take on Auburn University in a single game on February 13. Auburn is the first of four SEC opponents this season. The Bisons are set to play at Vanderbilt on February 21 and again at home on April 17.

On March 1, the Bisons will make the trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to take on LSU in a three game series. Lipscomb will face their final SEC competitor on March 6, in a single game against Tennessee.

One highlight of the Bisons' 2007 schedule will be the Music City Classic on February 23-25. The Bisons will open the tournament against Boston College on the 23rd and then conclude with Ball State on the 25. The middle game of the series will feature a rematch with Pittsburg. Last season, Bisons' right-hander Matt Schnelly delighted the home crowd by throwing a three hit shutout against the Panthers, while racking up 11 strikeouts.

"I want our team to prepare to play every game and not be intimidated by the size of the school," Forehand said. "We have a great opportunity to play some teams who have been to Regionals and World Series. My hope is that we can learn from those experiences and compete with everyone we play."

The three game series at LSU will kick off a 13-game road trip for the Bisons, their longest of the season. In addition to LSU and Tennessee, Lipscomb will also face Alcorn State, Georgia Southern, Gardner-Webb, and Evansville before returning home to host North Florida on March 30.

"We have a big stretch of games in March that are on the road," Forehand said. "I look forward to seeing what we will learn from those 13 in a row on the road."

The Bisons will take on rival Belmont in a three game series from April 27-29. Last year the Bisons defeated the Bruins 2-1 in the season series.

"Winning the series against Belmont really served as a great confidence booster for the team throughout the season last year," Schnelly said. "Hopefully we can take that confidence and translate it into another series win this season. The Belmont series always receives a lot of hype because they are our big rivals, but it is important to remember that every game counts the same and every win is equally important."

Lipscomb will close out the season with a three game series against Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida on May 18-20.

With a difficult non-conference schedule to go along with their list of formidable conference opponents, the Bisons have their work cut out for them this season.

"Everyone knows that the A-Sun is one of the toughest conferences in the NCAA," Forehand said. "I want us to have the confidence that we can compete with anyone and hopefully our non-conference schedule will prepare us for that."

This story was written by Krissy Wade, student assistant sports information director for baseball.