|February 20, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||R||H||E|
|Win: Good (2-0)||5.0||2||1||0||0||9|
|Loss: YOUNG (2-3)||4.1||11||7||7||4||6|
|February 20, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Wagner (3-1)||6.0||1||0||0||0||4|
|Loss: SANDERS (3-3)||4.2||8||7||6||6||3|
|February 21, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||R||H||E|
|Win: Driesenga (4-0)||5.0||4||1||1||0||2|
|Loss: YOUNG (2-4)||3.0||6||8||8||4||1|
|February 21, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||R||H||E|
|Win: Ford (2-1)||5.1||2||0||0||3||6|
|Loss: SANDERS (3-4)||5.0||3||3||3||2||3|
|February 22, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Osorio (5-1)||7.0||2||1||1||3||4|
|Loss: SANDERS (3-5)||3.1||3||3||3||4||3|
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team returns to the state of Alabama for its second weekend in a row to play in the Easton Bama Bash hosted by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa at Rhoads Stadium.
All four teams in the tournament finished the 2014 season in the top 35 in the RPI ratings. All four also played in the NCAA Tournament.
The Lady Bisons open the tournament Friday at 11 a.m. against James Madison. They play Michigan at 1:30.
Saturday they have a rematch with Michigan at 11 a.m. followed by another game with James Madison at 6 p.m.
They close out the tournament Sunday at 1:30 against host Alabama.
“This is probably the toughest tournament we have ever played in,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “This is basically an NCAA Regional Tournament.”
Alabama is ranked No .3 in the country and Michigan is rated No. 5. James Madison received votes this weekend for the Top 25.
“We have three games in the weekend against two top five teams,” Ryman said. “That is pretty unprecedented.
“It is going to be huge challenge for us. Our girls are going into it knowing we don’t have anything to lose. They are excited to go out and to just play and enjoy themselves and not feel like there is a lot of pressure there.”
The extreme winter weather conditions forced the team to work inside all week.
“We are still prepared even though this was one of the most unusual weeks we have had as far as the weather is concerned,” Ryman said. “We are still a good team.
“We still have to control what we can control on the field. We still have to execute when we need to execute.
“We are excited to play quality opponents. We are excited to see where we stack up.”
SCOUTING JAMES MADISON: This will be the first meeting between Lipscomb and James Madison in softball. James Madison enters the tournament with a 3-2 record and wins in their last three games. They lost 1-0 at North Florida from the Atlantic Sun and 3-2 to Virginia Tech in eight innings.
All three of the wins were by shutouts. The pitching staff has a combined 0.40 earned run average.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN: This will also be the first time the Lady Bisons have played Michigan, from the Big 10, in softball.
They enter the tournament with an 8-1 record heaving beaten both Georgia Tech and Florida State twice. They have also beaten Western Kentucky, Illinois State and Hampton. The lone loss the season opener with Florida, the No. 1 team in the country.
Michigan is hitting .261 as a team. The pitchers have a 1.61 ERA.
SCOUTING ALABAMA: Alabama enters the tournament with an 11-1 record.
Alabama is batting .357 as a team with two players batting above .500. The pitching staff has a combined .151 ERA.
The Lady Bisons are 1-5 against Alabama. The last meeting was a 15-4 loss in Mobile, Alabama Feb. 11, 2012.
THE LEADER BOARD: Abby Fenichel is tied for first in the A-Sun with four home runs.
Brittany Elmore is first in stolen bases with seven. Gracey Aguirre is tied for fourth with four.
Tanner Sanders is tied for second in wins with three and is fourth in strikeouts with 24.
Kelly Young is tied for first in strikeouts with 28.
MISS VERSATILLITY: Fenichel has already started at three positions this season.
She has started as the designated player four times and the Lady Bisons are 3-1 when she fills that role. She has been the starting catcher in three games and has started at third base in one game.