Softball looking for another successful road series
Thursday, April 2, 2015
By Mark McGee
Softball looking for another successful road series

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the second weekend in a row the Lipscomb Lady Bisons are on the road seeking three Atlantic Sun Conference victories.

Last weekend they swept Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights. Friday and Saturday they face Jacksonville at Pruitt Stadium for a three-game series.

A doubleheader starts Friday at 3 p.m. CT. Saturday the series closes with a single game at noon CT. The first game of the doubleheader will be available on ESPN3.

The Lady Bisons are coming off a tough 1-0 loss to Mississippi State. Jacksonville played Kennesaw State on the road, winning one of three games. After winning game one, they lost the last two by scores of 7-6 and 9-8.

Three Lady Bisons are batting in the .300 range. Paige Neely is leading the way with a .352 average followed by Brittany Elmore at .340 and Baylee Williams at .304.

Williams is the leader in runs batted in with 24. Neely has 13 doubles, Gracey Aguirre has three triples and Brianne Welch leads in home runs with five.

Caitlin Plocheck has the longest active hitting streak on the team with five games.

Elmore has reached base in the last 13 games, the longest active streak for the Lady Bisons.

Kelly Young and Tanner Sanders have identical 8-9 records in the circle. Young is averaging more than one strikeout and inning with 116 in 110.1 innings. Sanders has struck out 95 in 100.2 innings.

Lipscomb is 16-18, 4-2 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville is 19-18, 2-4 in the conference.

Jacksonville is 9-10 at home. The Lady Bisons are 5-4 on the road.

SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE:

Ashley Simon leads the Dolphins in hitting with a .298 average. Victoria Brown is the top home run hitter with eight and also leads the team with 28 RBI. Danielle Baker is the leader in doubles with 10.

In six conference games Lexie Ballard is batting. 500 with a team-high five RBI.

In the circle Brown lead the way with a 13-12 record and a 2.79 ERA. She has struck out 89 batters in 165.1 innings.

Taylor Rossman is 6-6 with a 3.09 ERA. She has 46 strikeouts in 81.2 innings.

The last time the two teams met was in a doubleheader March 15 at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The Lady Bisons swept the doubleheader. Brianne Welch hit the first grand slam of her career. The final game in the series was called due to rain.

QUICK HITS:

  • It will be “Senior Celebration” weekend for Jacksonville, honoring five seniors.
  • Lipscomb’s Brittany Elmore has 31 stolen bases, the second time she has stolen more than 30 bases in a season. She needs five to tie her all-time season best of 36 set in 2013.
  • The Lady Bisons are fifth overall in the conference in hitting with a .277 team average. Jacksonville is sixth at .271.
  • Neely leads the A-Sun doubles and is tied for eighth with 37 hits. Elmore leads the conference in steal with 31 and is tied for fifth in runs scored 29. Aguirre is tied for second in triples. Abby Fenichel is second in the hit by pitch category with nine. Mimi Cartwright is tied for fifth after being hit six times.
  • In A-Sun games only Caitlin Plocheck leads the conference with a .563 average. Fenichel is batting .529 in third place. Neely is seventh with a .476 average.
  • In the circle overall in the conference Young is second in batters struck out and second in batters struck out looking (33). She is third in both opposing batting average (.239) and innings pitched. She is tied for fourth in games finished with seven, tied for sixth in appearances (23), tied for seventh in wins and tied for seventh in games started (16).

Sanders is second overall in the A-Sun in opposing batting average (.237), third in batters struck out, batters struck out looking (280) and games started (18). She is sixth in innings pitched, tied for seventh in wins and ninth in appearances (20).

  • Jacksonville’s pitchers have combined for an overall ERA of 2.96, third best overall in the A-Sun. The Lady Bisons are sixth with a 3.81 ERA.
  • Elmore has played all 34 games in center field. She is the only player to start in the same position in every game.

ON DECK:

The Lady Bisons return home to Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Tuesday at 4 for a single game with Memphis. The game will be the “Think Pink” game for the season.

It is the first of five homes games for the week. Wednesday Chattanooga visits for 5 p.m. single game.

North Florida visits for an A-Sun series April 11 and 12. On April 11 the Lady Bisons will celebrate the 20th year of the program with a special alumni day featuring returning former players and coaches.