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Lady Bisons are 54th in RPI
Whitney Kiihnl
Whitney Kiihnl

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons, winners of seven games in a row including three doubleheader sweeps, are ranked 54th in this week’s NCAA RPI rating.

“Our confidence at the plate has completely shot up,” coach Kristin Ryman said. “Our approach in the batter’s box is much more consistent.

“Some of that comes with conference play and finally settling in with teams we are familiar with. But even our younger players have a different air about them in the batter’s box.”

While the team has been playing well, Ryman is making sure that the highs aren’t too high for the Lady Bisons and that the lows aren’t too low.

“What we are emphasizing with this group is that they are going to have some days that aren’t your day and some games that aren’t your game,” Ryman said. “We have to be able to get past those games. We can’t completely hang our confidence on those games.

“We remind them every so often that softball is a game of failure. Even if you get a hit three out of every 10 at bats that may not sound great, but it is great for softball. You have to constantly remind them that even when they aren’t going four-for-four at the plate they are still doing good things.”

In this week’s NCAA rankings the Lady Bisons are ranked 11th in the nation in fielding percentage with a .977 average.

The Lady Bisons are 37th in team earned run average with a 1.93.

Offensively, they are 36th in the nation in home runs per game with .96.

Junior pitcher Whitney Kiihnl is ranked in the top 15 in several categories:

• Ninth in strikeouts with 184

• 10th in hits allowed per seven innings with 3.78

• 11th in shutouts with six

• 12th in strikeouts per seven innings with 10.7

• 15th in earned run average (1.11)

Mackenzie Tucker is rated 26th in sacrifice hits per game with a .27 average.

The Lady Bisons, 17-11, will return to Atlantic Sun play Friday at 4 p.m. when Campbell visits Draper Diamond.

“Our players have no idea how good this team can be if they will just believe in themselves,” Ryman said. “If they do make mistakes they shouldn’t hang their heads. They should fight back.

“They are going out and getting wins. They are finding ways to score runs early on and giving our pitchers the runs that they need.”

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.