Softball knocking on national door once again
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
By Mark McGee
Softball knocking on national door once again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are knocking on the door of the softball top 25 again.

This week they received 11 votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll and 10 votes in the Softball Collegiate Top 25.

“I think we certainly want to be in that conversation,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “It is a nice honor. It is nice to know that people are recognizing the great season we are having.

“When you are a mid-major team it takes that much more to make yourself stand out. When we start talking about the Atlantic Sun getting an at large berth in the NCAA Tournament we have to find a way to make our teams stand out.”

The A-Sun Tournament winner gets the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Ryman wants to see at least one more team from the conference qualify as well.

“We have been in the conversation in the past as a conference,” Ryman said. “We schedule tough and so do most of the teams in the conference.

“Going to the three-game series last year benefited everyone in the conference even though we might beat each other up a little bit. Everybody is getting some good non-conference wins as well.”

As a team the Lady Bisons are in the top 50 in six different categories. They are ranked 11th in scoring with an average of 6.78 runs per game, which also leads the A-Sun.

They are 12th nationally in won-loss percentage with an .852 (23-4 overall).

The Lady Bisons have a .321 batting average, 27th nationally. They are tied for 34th in two categories – doubles per game with 1.52 and slugging percentage at .489. They are 43rd in home runs per game with 0.93.

Individually, the Lady Bisons have four players ranked in the top 50 in five different categories.

Paige Neely is ranked third nationally in sacrifice flies with four and 45th in runs per game with 1.04.

Kristen Sturdivant is 35th in home runs with seven and 43rd in runs batted in per game with 1.11.

Ashley Anderson and Tanner Sanders are tied for 42nd in shutouts with four each.

The Purple and Gold celebrated spring break on Monday and Tuesday. They will be back in practice Wednesday before heading south to face Chattanooga in a single game Thursday at 5 p.m. They continue to Georgia Saturday and Sunday for a three-game A-Sun series at Kennesaw State.