NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will be thinking pink, but they will also have winning on their minds as they face Memphis in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m.
Originally, the two teams were scheduled to meet for a single game at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.
It is also “Think Pink” day as the Lady Bisons dress in pink jerseys to call attention to breast cancer.
It is the beginning of a busy week for the Lady Bisons. They will be visited by Chattanooga Wednesday afternoon at 5.
This weekend the team will celebrate 20 years of Lady Bisons softball with a large number of players and some former coaches expected to attend festivities Saturday during an Atlantic Sun doubleheader with North Florida at 1 p.m. A single game will close out the series Sunday at 1.
The Lady Bisons lost two-of-three games this past weekend at Jacksonville in Atlantic Sun play.
Heading into this week two Lady Bisons are batting in the .300 range. Paige Neely leads with a .387 average and Brittany Elmore is second at .345. Baylee Williams is close at .295.
Neely leads the team in multi-hit games with 12. Elmore is close behind with 11.
Williams and Gracey Aguirre are tied for the team lead in multiple-RBI games with six each.
Kelly Young, 9-10, has a 2.95 earned run average with 131 strikeouts in 125.1 innings. Tanner Sanders, 8-10 has 97 strikeouts in 106.2 innings and a 3.61 ERA.
The Lady Bisons are 17-20 overall. Memphis is 13-18 overall.
Memphis has not played since March 31 when it split a doubleheader with Jackson State.
Lindsay Crowdus leads Memphis with a .358 average. She is the one of three hitters batting more than .300. She set a team record in the Jackson State series having reached base for 22 games in a row.
Kyler Trosclair is batting .315 and Hannah Harrell is hitting .300.
Jordan Richard is 6-10 with a 3.53ERA. She has 84 strikeouts in 89.1 innings.
Memphis, from the American Athletic Conference, leads the series with the Lady Bisons 5-1. The Lady Bisons stopped a five-game losing streak last season with a 3-1 win in eight innings over Memphis March 26.
Stealing away: Elmore is fifth nationally in the NCAA in stolen bases with an average of .89 per game. She leads the conference with 33, three short of her all-time season high of 26 set in 2013.
Elmore leads the Lady Bisons with a five-game hitting streak, her second longest of the season. She has reached base in 16 straight games, the longest streak on the team.
The Lady Bisons are 12th in the nation and second in the conference with 1.92 stolen bases per game.
Double, double Neely’s trouble: Neely is 25th in the NCAA in doubles with .30 per game. She is tied for the conference lead in doubles with 14. She has already equaled her total for last season, her highest total for a season in her career.
The RPI: The Lady Bisons are rated 91st in this week’s RPI. The A-Sun has four teams in the top 100 with USC Upstate (42nd), Kennesaw State (62nd) and North Florida (96th).
A-Sun overall offensive ratings: In the A-Sun overall Neely is eighth with a .387 batting average. She is sixth in hits with 46.
Elmore is fifth in runs scored with 32 and tied for seventh in hits with 41.
Abby Fenichel has been hit by a pitch for a program record 11 times. She is second in the A-Sun. Mimi Cartwright is tied for third. She has been hit eight times.
Aguirre is tied for second with three triples.
A-Sun ratings in the circle: In the circle Young is ranked second overall in the A-Sun in opposing batting average (.229), second in strikeouts and in batters struck out looking (37), third in innings pitched (125.1), tied for sixth in games finished (7), seventh in appearances (25), games started (18) and wins (9).
Sanders is third in batters struck out, in batters struck out looking (29) and opposing batting average (.243), tied for third in games started (10), sixth in innings pitched (106.2), tied for eighth in wins (8), tied for ninth in appearances (21),