April 25, 20151234567RHE
Kennesaw State0000000030
Win: YOUNG (13-13) 7.0300310
Loss: VIERS (8-4) 6.041122
SUTTER (KSU) 301000
VERINGA (KSU) 201010
ELMORE (LIP) 301000
NEELY (LIP) 301000
AGUIRRE (LIP) 311101
April 25, 201512345RHE
Kennesaw State10000131
Win: SANDERS (12-10) 5.031104
Loss: MATHEWS (12-5) 1.277710
RHODES (KSU) 311000
VERINGA (KSU) 201100
BENNETT (KSU) 101000
ELMORE (LIP) 422100
NEELY (LIP) 312110
AGUIRRE (LIP) 322401
Softball on the prowl for tournament berth
Friday, April 24, 2015
By Mark McGee
Softball on the prowl for tournament berth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team will be dealing with three Fs this weekend – finals, farewells and fast pitch.

And not necessarily in that order.

Final exams for the spring semester started Friday and continue through Thursday with only a break on Sunday.

After exams Saturday the Lady Bisons will hit the field at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a key Atlantic Sun doubleheader with Kennesaw State. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.  The third game in the series is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. This is the final home series of the season for the Lady Bisons.

The Lady Bisons are 23-23, 8-6 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State is 31-14, 12-5 in the conference and in second place.

On Sunday  the Lady Bisons will say a formal farewell to seniors Jordan Abell, Gracey Aguirre, Laura Dukes, Paige Neely and Brianne Welch. The mothers of the seniors are scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The Lady Bisons need at least one win against Kennesaw State this weekend to become the fifth team to earn a berth in the A-Sun Tournament. Six teams qualify for postseason play.

SCOUTING KENNESAW STATE: The Owls are riding a five-game winning streak into the Lipscomb campus, the longest current winning streak in the A-Sun.

Offensively, Kennesaw State is led by Natalie Rhodes with a .406 batting average, the third highest in the conference. Hillary Hartman leads the team with 12 home runs. Veringa leads with 45 runs batted in.

Kennesaw State likes to pressure defenses with aggressive base running. Kara Chambers is tops on the team with 18 stolen bases followed by Rhodes with 16 and Taylor Denton with 14.

Five players are hitting in the .300 range –Denton (.368), Megan Veringa .358), Rachel Dennis (.327), Courtney Sutter (.313) and Chambers (.308).

In the circle Paige Mathews is 12-4 with a 3.62 earned run average. She has 95 strikeouts in 118 innings. Logan Viers is 8-3 with a 3.44 average. She has 37 strikeouts in 77.1 innings.


Doubling up: Neely leads the conference in doubles with 17. She is one short of tying the all-time season record for doubles in the program.

She is ranked 16th in the nation with an average of .37 doubles per game.

Abby Fenichel leads in doubles in A-Sun games only with six.

At the plate: Neely leads the team with a .373 batting average ranking her ninth overall in the A-Sun. She leads in batting average in conference games only hitting at a .491 clip.

Elmore has moved into 10th place overall in the conference with a .371 average.

Neely and Elmore are tied sixth overall in hits with 56 each.

Elmore is tied for fourth in runs scored with 42.

In conference games only Caitlin Plocheck is sixth with a .744 slugging percentage.

Neely is sixth in on base percentage at .525 in A-Sun games only. Plocheck is seventh at .511.

Neely is sixth in hits with 26. Plocheck is eighth in RBI with 16.

Hit me: The Lady Bisons lead the conference having been hit by pitches 43 times.  Fenichel leads the way. She has been hit 17 times, a new program season record and first in the conference, Mimi Cartwright ranks

Nationally, Fenichel is 12th having been hit an average of .37 times per game. Cartwright is 53rd. She has been hit an average of .25 times per game.

 It takes a thief: The Lady Bisons are second in the conference in stolen bases with 78. Brittany Elmore leads the conference with 39 steals, the highest season total in program history. She is the fifth player in the A-Sun to reach 100 steals for her career. She needs five more stolen bases to set the A-Sun career record.

Elmore ranks fifth in the nation in stolen bases per game with .85 per game. The Lady Bisons are 23rd as a team with an average of 1.72 per game.

May the circle be unbroken: Kelly Young, 12-13 with a 3.20 ERA, ranks 30th in the nation with 176 strikeouts. She also leads the A-Sun in the category.  She is 60th nationally and first in the A-Sun in strikeouts per seven innings with an average of 7.7. Young is tied for first in strikeouts looking with 46.

Sanders, 11-10, is fifth overall in the A-Sun with a 3.04 ERA. She is third in both strikeouts with 114 and strikeouts looking with 36.

In A-Sun games only Sanders is second with a 1.86 ERA and Young is seventh with a 3.62.

Young is first in strikeouts with 64 and Sanders is tied for fourth with 36.

You’re getting streaky:  Elmore leads the team with a 14-game hitting streak. It is the longest on the team this season. She has reached base in 25 consecutive games, also the longest streak on the team this season.

Neely has reached based in her last 12 games.

Multiplier effect: Elmore and Neely are tied for first on the team in multi-hit games with 15. Baylee Williams is also in double figures with 11.

Williams is leader in multiple-RBI games with eight.

Steady as they go: Five Lady Bisons have started and played in all 46 games this season – Neely, Elmore, Fenichel, Williams and Welch.


The Lady Bisons finish finals and then head down to Fort Myers, Florida to face Florida Gulf Coast in the final series of the regular season. Due to graduation schedules the games will be played Thursday and Friday.

A doubleheader will start Thursday at 4 with a single game at noon. The graduating seniors will return to campus for Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Allen Arena.