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Lady Bison softball welcomes Kennesaw State Saturday
Friday, March 15, 2013
By Mark McGee
Lady Bison softball welcomes Kennesaw State Saturday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Spring break starts this weekend on the Lipscomb campus, but the Lady Bisons softball team will not have a chance to relax.

Saturday at 2 p.m. the Lady Bisons, 10-11, 1-2, will face Kennesaw State, 18-3, 2-0, in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader at Draper Diamond. Sunday the two teams will play a single game at 2.

Junior Amanda Henderson and senior Abby Mixon are the aces of the Kennesaw State pitching staff. Henderson is 10-0 this season with a 1.03 earned run average, second in the A-Sun. She leads the conference in strikeouts with 95.

Mixon is 7-2 with a 1.67 ERA. She has struck out 59 batters in 54.1 innings.

Henderson has recorded four shutouts and Mixon has added three.

“Kennesaw State pitches extremely well,” Ryman said. “We have our work cut out for us offensively.

“They are two of the toughest pitchers we are going to face in conference games. They both move the ball well. They both throw hard. We are going to have to move runners when we need to and put the ball in play and make things happen.”

Offensively, designated player Sharon Swanson leads Kennesaw State with a .388 batting average, six home runs, five doubles and 17 runs batted in. 

“Overall, it is a really well put together team,” Ryman said.  “Coach Scott Whitlock is in his last year. He is a hall of famer and is legendary in the softball world. It is going to be a big challenge.”

The Lady Bisons combined for 23 runs and 26 hits Wednesday in a doubleheader sweep of Austin Peay on the road. The offensive outburst was a solid confidence boost for the players and for Ryman.

“We need to be firing on all cylinders this weekend,” Ryman said. 

Kelsey Cartwright, who has been sidelined for the last five games with an injury, leads the Lady Bisons in hitting with a .378 average. She is fourth in the A-Sun with an .800 slugging percentage.

Also batting over .300 are Brittany Elmore (.342) and Mickey Bell (.302). Elmore is tied for the conference lead in stolen bases with 12.

Kristen Sturdivant is ranked eighth in home runs with five.

Heather Parker leads the Lady Bisons pitching staff with a 1.94 earned run average. Parker, 3-6, has 52 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. Parker is tied for ninth in strikeouts in the A-Sun. Parker is tied for third in the conference in complete games with six and tied for fourth in relief appearances with seven.

Tanner Sanders, with two victories against Austin Peay Wednesday, is 6-3 with a 3.02 ERA. She has 54 strikeouts in 55.2 innings. She is tied for seventh in the conference in strikeouts. Her 26 strikeouts looking are second in the conference behind Kennesaw State’s Henderson with 28.

Wednesday the Lady Bisons will play a make-up doubleheader with Tennessee Tech from the Ohio Valley Conference. The games replace some of the games that were lost due to weather during the Lady Bisons Purple and Gold Challenge. The first game starts at 4 with the nightcap scheduled for 6.

The home stand will continue for the Lady Bisons March 23 and 24 when North Florida visits for an A-Sun series. On March 27 the Lady Bisons will be visited by Southeastern Conference foe Kentucky at 6.