Lipscomb ready for wins in final home weekend
USC Upstate (37-10)
Lipscomb (31-18)
5/4/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 235
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Win: ALEXANDER (25-5) 6.051124
Loss: KIIHNL (21-12) 6.0109533

Thursday, May 03, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb will say good-bye to three seniors this weekend when they host USC Upstate (May 4) and ETSU (May 5) to close out the 2012 regular season.

The Lady Bisons enter the weekend at 31-17 (8-6 in the Atlantic Sun), sitting at fourth in the conference. A sweep of Upstate would allow the Lady Bisons to leapfrog the Spartans for third in the conference, while at least two wins this weekend will lock up a post-season spot for Lipscomb.

Junior Kelsey Cartwright is back to swinging a hot bat, hitting .367 in her last 10 games with three home runs. The pitching duo of senior Whitney Kiihnl and redshirt freshman Ashley Anderson has thrown a combined nine complete games out of the last 10 contests.

Between games on Friday the Lady Bisons will honor Kiihnl, Caroline Mason and Mollie Mitchell on Senior Night.

Last Time Against This Week’s Opponents

Lipscomb swept ETSU and Upstate on the road last season. Haley Elliott homered twice and Kiihnl threw a one-hitter in the first game against ETSU, while JJ Nelson threw a complete-game in the second contest to pick up the sweep. Mitchell (two home runs, two doubles) and Mason (two home runs, two doubles) were the hot bats in the sweep in Spartanburg. Lipscomb saw Upstate again in the A-Sun Tournament, winning a 1-0 duel on a Kiihnl two-hit, eight-strikeout performance; Mitchell scored the game-winning run.

Quick Scout – This Weekend’s Opponents

Common Opponents

Big Split Earned in Bowling Green

Ending the non-conference schedule on the road against a quality opponent was a tall order, but the Lady Bisons pulled off a split against Western Kentucky. After a disheartening 6-2 loss in the opener, the Lady Bisons rallied for a 5-4 victory in the second game, highlighted by Cartwright’s 14th home run, tying her for second-most in a single season in Lipscomb history.

Bats Silent, UAB Shuts out Lady Bisons Twice

For the first time since 2006, Lipscomb was shutout twice on the same day, with UAB taking two at Draper Diamond (4-0, 3-0). Kiihnl took the loss in the first game, allowing only a seventh-inning grand slam. Ashley Anderson went the distance in the second game, allowing just one earned run in the loss.

Lipscomb By the Numbers

Kiihnl remains among the nation’s leaders in wins (21, t-34th) and shutouts (eighth, 27th), also ranks high in ERA (1.65, 48th) and saves (two, 80th). Cartwright is tied for 30th nationally with 14 home runs; at .30/g, she’s 27th by the per-game metric. Her .730 slugging percentage is 47th. Mitchell’s 0.59 walks/g is 92nd nationally, while Haley Elliott’s 0.23 home runs/g mark is 81st. Rena’ Cothron remains among the nation’s leaders in sac hits per game, with her 0.39/g mark ranking her fifth.

Milestone Watch
Head coach Kristin Ryman stands at 214 victories, eight away from Andy Lane’s school-record 222 wins. Cartwright is three home runs away from tying Kellie Sirus for most single-season home runs in Lipscomb history at 17. As a team, Lipscomb needs one more stolen base for most in a single-season in school history. Mitchell needs two runs to tie Abby Keese for third-most in a career with 111.

On Deck
This weekend concludes the regular season for Lipscomb. The Lady Bisons will travel to Spartanburg, S.C. for next week’s 2012 Atlantic Sun Softball Championships, scheduled to begin May 9.