Monday, April 21, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb baseball team looks to shake off its recent struggles and perhaps get some payback Tuesday when the Bisons make the trek up Granny White Pike for a mid-week tilt at Belmont for Part II of baseball’s version of the “Battle of the Boulevard”.
The game is set to throw the first pitch at 5 p.m. at E. S. Rose Park.
The Bisons and Bruins met last Tuesday on Lipscomb’s campus, where Belmont took a 2-1 decision while holding the Bisons to just four hits.
Tuesday’s non-conference tilt will see Lipscomb redshirt freshman Dalton Curtis draw his first career start on the bump. Curtis has seen action in 13 games. The righty will face Belmont junior Chase Cunningham. Cunningham drew the start in the last matchup and got the win.
The Bruins enter the contest at 17-22 on the season.
The Bisons (24-17, 12-6) will return to league play this weekend for a three-game set at Ken Dugan Field when Northern Kentucky invades Music City.
Lipscomb – Dalton Curtis – FR – RHP – (0-2, 2.20 ERA, 16.1 IP, 15 K, 11 BB)
Belmont – Chase Cunningham – JR – RHP – (2-4, 4.83 ERA, 41.0 IP, 31 K, 11 BB)
Around the Horn:
- Lipscomb and Belmont have met 36 times in the series history. The Bruins hold a 20-16 advantage and have won nine of the last 11 against the Bisons. Belmont took a 2-1 victory at Lipscomb on April 22.
- Big innings have been a large part of the success for the team in 2014 so far. Six times this season the Bisons have posted seven or more runs in a frame. Lipscomb has also scored four or more runs in an inning 18 times so far.
- The Bisons sit atop the Atlantic Sun Conference rankings in runs scored (274), RBIs (241), doubles (83 and walks (200). On the mound, Lipscomb leads the league in opposing batting average (.235) and fewest hits allowed (309).
- Lipscomb ranks fifth in the nation in double plays having turned 46 pitcher’s best friends.
- A number of players rank among the nation’s leaders including junior shortstop Grant Massey who is tied for 17th in the nation in walks (31). Massey also ranks among A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: third in runs scored (38), tied for third in doubles (14), tied for fourth in stolen bases (11) and total bases (82), seventh in on-base percentage (.440) and tied for eighth in hits (53).
- Senior outfielder Drew Adams is the nation’s ninth-best RBI man, knocking in 45 thus far on the year. In the A-Sun, Adams ranks third in walks (28) and is tied for fourth in triples (3).
- Junior second baseman Mike Korte ranks second in the A-Sun in walks (30). Junior center fielder Jonathan Allison is sixth in runs scored (35) and tied for seventh in RBIs (31).
- Redshirt-freshman catcher Tyler Bethune is tied for the league lead in sacrifice bunts (8) and has played a key role in the Bisons success this season. Bethune is third on the team hitting .313 at the dish. He is also third with a .453 slugging percentage.
- Drawing 200 free passes on the season, the Bisons rank seventh.
- With 83 doubles on the season, the Bisons rank ninth in the nation.
- Lipscomb ranks 12th nationally with 16 triples and 13th in runs scored, plating 274 on the year.
- With a doubleheader sweep against Oakland on March 8, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up career win No. 400.