March 21, 20151234567RHE
Win: YOUNG (6-8) 7.0433610
Loss: BRANDT (7-4) 6.010101041
DRURY (STET) 402000
NEELY (LIP) 323210
March 21, 20151234567RHE
Win: HOSTETLER (11-3) 7.030050
Loss: SANDERS (6-7) 7.054435
DRURY (STET) 401100
MEZA (STET) 211111
HAWN (STET) 311000
NEELY (LIP) 201010
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Win: HOSTETLER (12-3) 8.073313
Loss: YOUNG (6-9) 8.066615
MEZA (STET) 422301
NEELY (LIP) 402000
Softball winds up for Stetson in A-Sun opener
Friday, March 20, 2015
By Mark McGee
Softball winds up for Stetson in A-Sun opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb softball’s journey to the Atlantic Sun Conference portion of the season has sometimes been as rough as driving through the potholes of Davidson County.

“We have had a lot of moments this year that have been really frustrating,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We have learned some hard, tough lessons.

“We have taken some losses we didn’t want to take, but I feel like we have learned so much throughout that process.”

The Lady Bisons (11-14) will be out to move to the head of the class this weekend as Stetson visits for a three-game series at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. A doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, while Sunday’s series finale will be played at 1 p.m.

They are coming off a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee State on Wednesday where they scored a combined 23 runs on 22 hits.

“There is a little more of a confidence right now with this group,” Ryman said. “We needed a good offensive day going into this weekend and we got it.

“It is easy to know what you are capable of and not be able to go out and do it. We went out and did it against TSU.”

Stetson enters the weekend 17-6 and has not played a game on the road this season. It split a doubleheader with Monmouth Tuesday.

The Lady Bisons are 7-1 at home. The wins at TSU were their first on the road this season in non-neutral site games.

Ryman stresses that her team has been undergoing a process of development in the preconference portion of the season. She likes what she is seeing of late, but she knows there is still work to do.

“No one wants to go through what we did to get to this point,” Ryman said. “This team has grown up a lot. We are still not where we want to be, but we have taken some huge jumps forward.

“We have had our up and down moments. That has been a part of the learning process. No one wants to go through a process. We all want results right now. We all want wins right now. Even as coaches we have to remind ourselves sometimes that it is a process. But if we are taking steps forward and if we are learning lessons it is worth it. And we are getting better.”

The games can be seen on A-SUN TV through ESPN3.


Scouting Stetson:  Stetson has three batters hitting at the .400 level. Jazz Vasquez leads the team with a .444 average. Jessica Griffin is batting .433. Kayla Drury average is .412.

Three players are hitting more than .300. Demi Meza is batting .366 followed by Courtney Brandt (.358) and Kelsey Waters at .313.

Chelsea Hostetler is 10-3 in the circle with a 3.22 earned run average. Courtney Brandt is 7-3 with a 2.50 ERA.

Stetson is 15-14 all-time against Lipscomb. The Hatters were 2-1 in the regular season last year with 1-0 and 4-3 victories. The Lady Bisons took their victory 9-2.

The two met again in the Atlantic Sun Tournament with the Hatters winning 2-0.

At home on the road: It may be the first road games for Stetson this season, but the Hatters have good memories of Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The Hatters won the 2014 A-Sun Tournament here with a 1-0 win in the seventh inning against Mercer.

National rankings: Brittany Elmore has moved up to No. 11 nationally in stolen bases based on Friday’s NCAA report. She is averaging .84 per game.

Paige Neely is ranked 31st in doubles with .40 per game.

Elmore leads the A-Sun with 21 stolen bases in 21 attempts. Neely leads the conference with 10 doubles.

The Lady Bisons are 23rd in stolen bases as a team with 1.96 per game.

A-Sun rankings: Elmore leads the A-Sun with 21 stolen bases in 21 attempts.

Neely is tied for the lead in doubles with 10.

Gracey Aguirre is tied for third in triples with two.

Abby Fenichel is tied for fourth having been hit by a pitch six times. Mimi Cartwright has been hit five times and is tied for seventh.

Kelly Young is second in strikeouts with 78 and also second in strikeouts looking with 23. Tanner Sanders is fifth with 62 and sixth strike outs looking with 19.

Young is third in games finished with seven and tied for third in appearances with 18.

Young is fourth with 80.1 innings pitched. Sanders is eighth with 77.1 and is tied for eighth in wins with six. 

.300 Club: Three Lady Bisons are batting .324 or better. Neely leads with a .329 average followed by Elmore (.325) and Baylee Williams (.324).

Lucky 13: The 13 runs in the 13-1 win over TSU in game one was the highest total for the Lady Bisons since scoring 13 runs on Feb. 27 in 2014 against Belmont.

Neely seeing doubles:  Neely has already hit 10 doubles this season, only four shy of tying her career high set last season. In 2013 Neely finished with 10 doubles for the season.