Monday, April 11, 2011
Bisons host Alabama A&M Tuesday
The Bisons are looking to drown the memory of last weekend’s disappointing series with ETSU by getting back on the diamond for a couple of mid-week games this week.
Lipscomb (11-21 overall, 3-9 in the A-Sun) has lost the last six games. Head coach Jeff Forehand said the best thing for the Bisons is to play another game.
“Anytime you have lost a few games in a row, you are ready for the next game.” Forehand said. “That is the only remedy. It is the only medicine that you can get to get out of your slump. Hopefully with a home game tomorrow and home games this weekend, we can get back on track.”
Alabama A&M will visit Ken Dugan Field on Tuesday night for a non-conference bout. On Wednesday, Lipscomb will travel to UT Martin. Both games start at 6 p.m. central and can be heard for free on the Lipscomb Sports Network.
Coach Forehand said he thought the Bisons caught some tough breaks last weekend in three losses to ETSU.
“I think it is timely hitting,” Forehand said. “That is what we are not getting. We are just not effectively getting the base hit when the time calls. “
“I don’t think that is additional practice. I don’t think it’s additional swings in the cages. I think it’s us performing in the moment. I think we will, but I think all year we have kind of been ‘snake bitten’. We know we are capable, but we just have not been doing it.”
With back-to-back non-conference games leading up to a three-game home series against USC Upstate this weekend, the Bisons will face the challenge of playing five games in five days.
Forehand said the pitching staff will be a major factor during the Bisons busy week.
“With two games in the middle of the week and a double-header scheduled for Saturday, it changes a few things with our pitching staff,” Forehand said. “We’re going to have to go deep into our staff with some guys who haven’t pitched a lot up to this point. We are excited about seeing what they can do.”
Freshman right-hander Chris Orphanos will get the nod for the Bisons Tuesday against Alabama A&M. Orphanos has appeared in two games this season and has a 5.40 ERA.
On Wednesday night Lipscomb plans on sending sophomore lefty Benjamin Johnson to the mound. Johnson is 1-0 on the year with a 5.02 ERA.
Alabama A&M enters Tuesday’s matchup with an overall record of 6-23. The Bulldogs are 3-10 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Forehand said Tuesday will be interesting due to the fact that the Bisons have never played Alabama A&M while he has been the coach at Lipscomb.
UT Martin will take a 9-22 record into Wednesday night’s meeting with the Bisons. However, the Skyhawks have won four out of their last five games. Lipscomb swept the season series with UT Martin last year.
“UT Martin always plays us tough,” Forehand said. “I hope that whoever we play this week, it is just a chance for us to get back out there and try to rectify a bad weekend so to speak. To get us back on the horse and ready to go for this weekend.”
All of this week’s action can be heard for free on the Lipscomb Sports Network. Each home game will also be carried on A-Sun TV.