Thursday, May 08, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Lipscomb baseball team returns to the Sunshine State this weekend for a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference set with North Florida at Dusty Rhodes Field at Harmon Stadium.
The series will begin with a 5 p.m. CT first pitch on Friday, before concluding with noon starts on Saturday and Sunday.
The Bisons (27-22, 14-7 A-Sun) took a tough nonconference defeat on Tuesday when the UT-Martin Skyhawks ventured into Dugan Field and shutout Lipscomb, 4-0.
UNF (20-25, 9-12 A-Sun) dropped a midweek nonconference contest at Georgia Tech 9-6 on Tuesday. Facing a seven-run deficit, the Ospreys tried to mount a comeback, scoring three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth, before ultimately running out of gas.
The Ospreys roster the nation’s leading hitter in junior Drew Weeks. The right fielder is batting .451 on the season with 83 hits in just 184 at-bats. Weeks scrapped a 4-for-5 night at the dish in the loss to the Yellow Jackets.
Lipscomb and North Florida have met 24 times in the series history with the Ospreys leading 15-9. The last time these teams met in 2013, UNF took 2-of-3 in Music City.
After the series concludes with UNF, the Bisons will return to Dugan Field for the final four games of the regular season, beginning with a midweek matchup versus Austin Peay at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Lipscomb – Ian Martinez-McGraw – RHP – (7-2, 4.05 ERA, 86.2 IP, 49 K, 34 BB)
UNF – David Trexler –RHP – (5-2, 3.84 ERA, 68.0 IP, 50 K, 30 BB)
Lipscomb – Hunter Brothers – RHP – (3-2, 4.70 ERA, 53.2 IP, 43 K, 40 BB)
UNF – Nick Miller – RHP – (0-2, 4.68 ERA, 42.1 IP, 24 K, 8 BB)
Lipscomb – Denton Norman – RHP – (5-5, 3.45 ERA, 70.1 IP, 43 K, 27 BB)
UNF – Bryan Baker – RHP - (2-3, 6.56 ERA, 35.2 IP, 17 K, 22 BB)
Around the Horn:
- The two teams have met 24 times in the NCAA era with the Ospreys holding a 15-9 advantage in the all-time series. UNF took the first two games of the series last season 8-2 and 7-5. The Bisons battled back and avoided the sweep with a walk-off single from Tyson Ashcraft, who also got the win on the bump.
- Big innings have been a large part of the success for the team in 2014. 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.
- The Bisons sit atop the Atlantic Sun Conference rankings in runs scored (297) and walks (225). On the mound, Lipscomb leads the league in opposing batting average (.241) and fewest hits allowed (380).
- Lipscomb ranks fourth in the nation in double plays having turned 55 pitcher’s best friends.
- Junior shortstop Grant Massey ranks among the A-Sun’s leaders in multiple categories: tied for fourth in doubles (16), tied for fifth in stolen bases (11), eighth in runs scored (41), on-base percentage (4.25) and total bases (92).
- Massey is beginning to climb the Lipscomb career chart in just one season, ranking sixth in on-base percentage (.425) and ninth in batting average (.318).
- Senior outfielder Drew Adams ranks tied for third in the A-Sun and 43rd in the nation with 45 RBIs. Adams ranks 10th on Lipscomb’s career RBI chart with 76. With six career triples Adams is just one shy of tying the school’s career record of seven.
- Lipscomb ranks 10th in the nation in walks, having drawn 225. Massey (34), Mike Korte (32) and Adams (31) rank as the top three in the A-Sun in drawing free passes.
- Allison is tied for third in the conference with four triples and is just one shy of tying Lipscomb’s single-season record. Allison’s 36 runs scored rank 10th in the A-Sun.
- Senior Jacob Knott stands eighth on Lipscomb’s career-saves list with five.
- The Bisons rank 32nd in the nation with 89 doubles this season.
- Lipscomb ranks 15th nationally with 18 triples and 31st in runs scored, plating 297.
- With a doubleheader sweep against Oakland on March 8, Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand picked up career win No. 400.