The Lady Bisons entered this week ranked 25th in the Ultimate Softball Coaches website poll. They received 10 votes for the top 25 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll. They received one vote for the top 25 in that poll the previous week. This week the Lady Bisons also received their first votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll. They received eight votes.
Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck is taking all of the attention in stride.
“It’s a really neat thing for our program, the whole athletic department and the university to be recognized in this way,” Ryman said. “I’m very excited with what we have done so far.
“We are clicking on all cylinders. Our defense is playing strong. Our hitters have been outstanding so far; even off of the bench we have had some big key hits. The pitching has been right on cue as well.
Ryman knows that the most challenging portion of the schedule is still ahead with Evansville at home followed by a spring break trip to Hawaii where they will play multiple games with Hawaii and Cal-Berkeley. When they return they open the Atlantic Sun Conference portion of the schedule with home doubleheaders against ETSU and USC Upstate.
“Other coaches who have paid our team compliments say we are playing with a lot of swagger right now,” Ryman said. “They can see the confidence that we play with.
“We have to continue to play that way. We’ve got to play our game and not be intimidated by anybody we play against. Getting votes for the top 25 should reemphasize that.”
The Lady Bisons are 18-1, winning their last 16 games. They have shutout opponents 11 times.
“We have to take care of things this week and then go to Hawaii really knowing that we belong and that we can compete there are well,” Ryman said. “If we can do that is going to give us a big boost going into conference play.
“We have to go out there with that swagger that people keep mentioning in context with our team. As soon as we stop being aggressive and sit back on our heels a little bit is when teams are going to jump up and get us.”
Fast starts have been crucial for the Lady Bisons.
“We have to bring that intensity and bring that aggressiveness right off the bat,” Ryman said. “We have to put the pressure on other teams right away. That characterizes out team. We have to keep doing what we do.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations