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Weather forces reshuffling for Softball's Music City Classic
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By Mark McGee
Weather forces reshuffling for Softball's Music City Classic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The unpredictability of the weather this weekend has forced a reshuffling of games for the Music City Classic.

The tournament, co-hosted with Belmont, is scheduled to begin Friday at the home fields of both schools.

The revised schedule for Friday at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium on the Lipscomb campus opens with Detroit facing Miami (Ohio) at 11 a.m. Tennessee State is scheduled to play ETSU at 1:30 p.m.

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will open the 2014 season at 4 p.m. against Virginia Tech.

Saturday’s first game pitting Miami (Ohio) against Virginia Tech, will begin at 9 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. Virginia Tech makes a quick turnaround to face Tennessee State.

The Lady Bisons are scheduled to play Miami (Ohio) at 2 p.m. Saturday before closing out the day against Tennessee State at 4:30.

Sunday Miami (Ohio) plays Tennessee State at 11 a.m. Lipscomb and Butler face each other at 1:30 p.m.

Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman stresses that the schedule is subject to change based on the weather.

Ryman is looking forward to starting the season with a veteran team that features seven seniors.

“As coaches we want to win every game,” Ryman said. “I think we are capable of winning and playing at a high level.

“I am anxious to see how quickly we can shake off the first game and first weekend jitters and just go out and play ball.“

Ryman stressed a point made by assistant coach Megan Smith last week at the softball team’s preseason banquet.

“Megan talked about how each team gets 21 outs,” Ryman said. “As a coaching staff we have to be strategic with how we use those 21 outs.

“We are going to have to have some key hits when need them. We are going to have to score first . That is going to be a big deal for us, especially early in the season to take pressure of our pitchers. You tend, as a player, to have a little bit more fun when score early.

Ryman is not revealing the batting order, but she stresses there will be a need for contributions up and down the lineup.

The Lady Bisons have three veteran pitchers, seniors Heather Parker and Ashley Anderson; and sophomore Tanner Sanders. Freshmen Taylor Neuhart and McCarley Thomas are also on the staff.

“Our team is not built around one or two players carrying the load,” Ryman said. “We are going to be relying on a lot of people. We are deep. We have plenty of people in our lineup and off of the bench that we can turn to for a key hit or a big play.

“I’m interested in seeing our demeanor on the field. I want to see us play our game. I don’t want to see us get in a chess match with a team that is going to try to take us out of our game.”