When Lipscomb Head Softball Coach Andy Lane looks at the 2005 Sophomore class he sees a group of players ready to prove themselves. Sophomores Julia Davidson, Alysha Forsythe and Lindsay Larson are all hungry to take the field in 2005. With the learning curve of college softball now past them, Lane expects to see great things out of his sophomore class.
"This is shaping up to be a very very special class. I know that all of them are hungry heading into the season and are looking at putting up some impressive numbers. Each of them have worked hard and are ready to take the field to help our team be successful this season," Lane said.
In 2004, Julia Davidson from Santa Cruz, California completed her first season for the Lady Bisons. Davidson started in 51 of 52 games hitting .191. Davidson was second on the team with 18 runs and fourth best with 11 rbi's. Her 12 base on balls was second best on the team and her 131 at bats was the fourth best. Davidson also had 5 doubles and 1 homerun while serving as one of the Lady Bisons top outfielders with a .951 fielding percentage.
Lane thinks Davidson is set to have a bust out year in 2005.
"I am excited to see the type of season that Julia is going to have this year. She showed flashes last season of being a very impressive hitter and I think you'll see her put together a solid season. This season our personnel is much deeper so there won't be as much pressure on her and the typical struggles of making the adjustment to college ball are behind her. I think you'll see her be confident and relaxed this year and quitely do her thing. She did a very nice job for us in the outfield last season, but could easily be one of our top infielders. In college you try to get the best athletes on the field and she has displayed a great team attitude willing to play in the outfield to make our team as strong as possible. Julia continues to do a great job in the classroom and has been so impressive as she grows into an even more outstanding young lady," Lane said.
Davidson, a Math Education major is the daughter of Don and Leslie Davidson of Santa Cruz, California.
In 2004, Catcher Alysha Forsythe played in 48 of the Lady Bisons 52 games. Forsythe, from Marietta, Georgia, started in 44 games.Forsythe hit .175 with drove in 4 runs with 2 doubles and had 9 base on balls. Forsythe was impressive behind the plate with a .986 fielding percentage.
Lane say Forsythe has become of the teams top leaders already in her career.
"We are very fortunate to have Alysha in our program. She did such a good job behind the plate last year working with our pitchers. She is like a having a coach on the field. There are few catchers we saw last season that did as good of a job as Alysha. Her leadership skills off the field have been instrumental in helping us build a program that displays championship characteristics. Alysha had a terrfic fall for us at the plate and is poised to have a solid year at the plate. This year we are deeper at the catching position so we will have an opportunity to see her at 3rd some and just be able to rest her a little more to help her stay strong all season. Alysha is one of those players that is down in the trenches with you and wants to win as bad as anyone we have in our program," Lane said.
Forsythe, an English Education major, is the daughter of Scott and Becky Forsythe from Marietta, Georgia.
In 2004, Lindsay Larson played in 42 of the Lady Bisons 52 games. Larson, from Yorba Linda, California, hit .123 with 2 doubles, had 5 rbi's and 5 base on balls. Starting in 23 games, Larson recorded a .944 fielding percentage from her outfield position.
Lane continues to see Larson improve each day.
"We love having Lindsay in our program. Each day when we see her we know she is going to have a smile on her face and be ready to work hard and get better. Lindsay continues to get better and will again be a key player for us this season. She has so many tools and is one of our top athletes. Lindsay is one of those players that is like a diamond that is very important to us and has the potential to blossom into a star with a little more polishing and experience. I think Lindsay has some goals that she wants to reach before she graduates that I think she is on her way to achieving," said Lane.
Larson, a Exercise Science major, is the daugther of Bob and Cindy Larson from Yorba Linda, California.
Lane feels his 2005 sophomores display the quality to make the Lady Bison program successful.
"Our sophomore class is a very talanted class, but even more important they're outstanding people. We love their leadership and work ethic. Many of them got a lot of playing time last season and went through some the typical freshman growing pains that we think will pay off this year. This class is like the swing vote in an election, we know our sophomores are very important to us having a successful year in 2005."Lane said.