BASEBALL GAME AGAINST LIPSCOMB MOVED TO WEDNESDAY
April 8, 2014
MARTIN, Tenn. – Tonight’s scheduled baseball game between the University of Tennessee at Martin and Lipscomb has been pushed back to Wednesday, April 9 because of the threat of thunderstorms. First pitch from Skyhawk Field is now set for 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Tonight’s forecast calls for steady rain through 10 p.m. while the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 65 degrees tomorrow.
Since 2006, UT Martin (3-26) has claimed the victory in six of its last seven home games against Lipscomb, including a 4-3 win on March 12 last season. In that game, John Houston arguably pitched the best game of his Skyhawk career - fanning six Bisons while conceding only two runs over six frames. John Skubina, Chris Ross and Stu Jones each followed with an inning apiece out of the bullpen to seal the Skyhawk victory.
UT Martin’s pitching staff has been the team’s strength, posting a respectable 3.66 staff ERA last week. That included allowing just one earned run and one scoring inning at No. 5 Vanderbilt last Tuesday. Against OVC rival Belmont over the weekend, Dalton Potts allowed only one hit over 5.1 frames on Saturday at Belmont while fellow starter Alex Martin retired 15 out of 18 Bruins at one point on Sunday. Carter Smith also had a good week for UT Martin, tossing six innings while allowing only one run on four hits and tying a career-high with seven strikeouts at Belmont on Friday. He added 1.1 shutout innings at No. 5 Vanderbilt.
Sophomore southpaw Chris Flores (0-0, 11.25 ERA) is listed as UT Martin’s probable starting pitcher. This will be Flores’ fifth appearance of the season and just the second start of his young career.
Lipscomb (21-12) enters the contest fresh off a three-game home sweep of East Tennessee State. Overall, the Bisons have won 19 of their last 23 games.
Tyler Bethune has a team-high .353 batting average for Lipscomb, while Grant Massey (18 extra-base hits) and Drew Adams (38 RBI’s) provide the thump in the Bison lineup.
Freshman left-hander John Pryor (1-1, 5.74) is expected to get the starting nod on the mound for Lipscomb. In nine appearances (four starts) this season, he has fanned 26 batters while allowing a .242 batting average over 26.2 innings.
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