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35 home games highlight 2014 baseball slate

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Featuring 35 contests within the friendly confines of Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium, the 2014 schedule is set for Lipscomb baseball.

Among those 35 home tilts, the Bisons start out by playing 17 of the first 20 affairs on the southeast corner of the Lipscomb campus

“We started talking about playing at home a little more as a staff,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “This year it began working out where we had some opportunities to get more opponents in early in the nonconference schedule.”

After opening a three-game set against Evansville on Valentine’s Day at 4 p.m., the Bisons make the short trek to take on Southeastern Conference power Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field. Lipscomb continues play in February hosting the “Mule Mix Classic” as Indiana State, Dayton and Miami (Ohio) make their way to the “Music City” for the annual round-robin event co-hosted by Belmont and Middle Tennessee.

“The teams in the classic really like coming to Nashville,” said Forehand. “All three are good teams and it has turned out to be a good tournament in the past and should be a good one again.”

Following a midweek contest at Tennessee Tech and a home outing against Alabama A&M, the Bisons are set to host Big East foe Connecticut for a three-game weekend series at Dugan Field.

“UConn was looking to come in on the weekend that we usually try to travel out to a bigger SEC or ACC school, but we decided that it was better for us to have a good series at home,” said Forehand.

After hosting the Huskies, Lipscomb heads up Interstate 65 for a midweek game at Western Kentucky before coming home to host Horizon League foe Oakland in a four-game series including the only scheduled twinbill of the season.  A trip to Austin Peay is then on the books before the Purple and Gold open Atlantic Sun Conference play at home hosting Jacksonville.

The longest road swing of the series then awaits Lipscomb with a midweek game at Middle Tennessee before the first conference road series of 2014 to take on Kennesaw State in the suburbs of Atlanta.  MTSU then returns the trip to Dugan Field the following week before the Bisons make another A-Sun road trip to USC Upstate.

Lipscomb then plays eight of the next nine contests at home hosting Western Kentucky, ETSU, Mercer and Belmont with a midweek trek to UT-Martin squeezed in the middle.

The Bisons will then spend Easter weekend on the road in the “Sunshine State” with the league series at Stetson and then continue road action with a midweek contest at rival Belmont.  LU returns home to close out April by hosting Northern Kentucky as the Norse make their first trip to Dugan Field.

A unique three-game nonconference series with Tennessee Tech opens the month of May as Lipscomb plays host to the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday before the final game of the weekend will be played in Cookeville.  The Bisons then hosts the return trip by UT-Martin before making the final A-Sun road trip of the season to North Florida.

Lipscomb returns home from Jacksonville, Fla. to host in-state foe Austin Peay and A-Sun opponent Florida Gulf Coast to finish the regular slate.

“For several years we didn’t get to finish at home, “said Forehand. “It usually comes down to the last weekend in our league to the one or two or three games at the end of the year.  Being able to play those at home is a bonus. We are excited about having one of the best teams in the league here to close out the season.”

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