Tippen was one of the best hitting first basemen in HSU history. He started for three years. In 1977 he led the team with a .403 batting average, hit 10 home runs, and had 45 RBI's. He ranked 35th in the nation in hitting and second among Texas colleges. During his Senior year, he led HSU to its first 30 win season. He set a school record by hitting three home runs against ACU, each to a different field. He continues to support youth baseball in Abilene.