NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb head softball coach Kristin Ryman has added Madison Wray and Heather Parker to the 2012 recruiting class, bringing the total number of signees to seven.
Following the graduation of a trio of seniors (Whitney Kiihnl, Caroline Mason, Mollie Mitchell) vital to the Lady Bisons over the last four seasons, Ryman needs athletes who can step in and contribute right away.
Utility player Madison Wray is a two-time all-district selection who will compete at multiple positions in the infield and outfield for the Lady Bisons. Fluent in Spanish, Wray will major in the language in hopes of becoming a Spanish professor after graduation.
“We are excited to add Madison to our program for next year,” Ryman said. “She is the epitome of a dedicated, organized, and disciplined student-athlete. She will compete at multiple positions in both the infield and outfield, and we look forward to seeing her develop her all-around game.
“Madison is a very well-rounded person, and knew Lipscomb was the place for her when she stepped on campus. She is venturing all the way from California, and with her work ethic and maturity, she will challenge our team to be better.”
Pitcher Heather Parker will team with Ashley Anderson, the lone returning starter, and fellow signee Tanner Sanders on the Lady Bisons pitching staff next season. A second-team junior college All-American at Wallace State, Parker was 29-7 with a 1.52 ERA and 261 strike outs for the Lions, who finished third at the NJCAA National Tournament.
“Heather is a competitor and a leader,” Ryman said. “She is someone who wants the ball and has high expectations for herself. We are expecting her to immediately be a crucial part of our pitching staff, providing both experience and maturity. She has a strong presence in the circle, and with her movement and consistency, she will throw a lot of innings for us.
“Heather can hit as well, which will challenge our other hitters and make her a constant threat to be in our everyday lineup. Ultimately, she is a great student-athlete who will fit in extremely well with our program.”