The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are looking for consistency in their offensive production. They hope to find it in the “Bulldog Battle” this weekend in Starkville, Miss.
“Last Friday and the early part of Saturday last week in the Houston Hilton Classic we did a really good job of executing offensively,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We weren’t always getting a high number of hits, but we were finding ways to move runners from base-to-base. And when we made outs they were productive outs.
“In the last two games I thought we got away from that. We were just trying to touch the ball and put it in play instead of really having a purpose and a plan. We got away from moving runners station-to-station and trying to piece it together.”
The “Bulldog Battle” is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Mississippi State Softball Stadium. The Lady Bisons enter the tournament with a 3-2 record.
“We have taken a step back this week,” Ryman said. “We want to make sure we have purpose at the plate. I want us to be sure that we are thinking about what we are doing and know what pitches we are looking for.
“If we are going to make an out, we are going to make a productive out. We are going to find a way to move a runner compared with just making an out.”
The Lady Bisons will open with Northwestern State Friday at 4 p.m., marking the first time the two teams have met.
Saturday at 10 a.m. the Lady Bisons will face a familiar foe in Western Kentucky. The Lady Hilltoppers have a 12-7 all-time record against Lipscomb. Last season the two teams split a doubleheader in Bowling Green with the Lady Bisons losing 6-2 in the first game and winning 5-4 in the nightcap. The Lady Bisons have won four of the last five meetings between the two teams.
Murray State is scheduled to face the Lady Bisons Saturday at 6. Lipscomb has a 2-0 all-time record against Murray State with a pair of wins, 6-0 and 9-2. Both games were part of the Lady Bison Classic at Draper Diamond in 2010.
LU closes out the tournament Sunday at 2 p.m. against Mississippi State. The Lady Bisons lost 3-1 to Mississippi State in the Mardi Gras Tournament in Mobile, Ala., last season.
“A lot of it this week has been getting back into the mentality of getting ready to play again,” Ryman said. “Spring is go, go, go. We have to rest and regroup a little bit and focus on a few situational things. We need to get ready to go again.”