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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There have been revisions, rescheduling and restructuring but despite all these issues a modified version of the Purple and Gold Challenge hosted by the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team will be held this weekend.
The new lineup of participating teams features Akron, Dayton and Western Kentucky. Original entrants Drake and Central Michigan opted not to participate. Western Kentucky was a last-minute addition.
Play gets underway at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with Akron facing Western Kentucky. At 12:15 the Lady Bisons play Akron. The Lady Bisons will be back on the field at 2:30 against Dayton. Western Kentucky and Dayton will close out the day with a 4:45 contest.
Two games are scheduled for Sunday. Dayton and Akron start the day at 11 a.m. Lipscomb and Dayton meet at 1:15.
The Lady Bisons, 5-9, will be out to rebound from a 0-5 weekend at the Easton Bama Bash in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They have lost their last seven games with three of those losses against teams ranked in the top five in the nation – Michigan and Alabama.
The Lady Bisons will not play Western Kentucky. The two teams are scheduled to meet in a doubleheader March 24.
Scouting Akron: The Zips, from the Mid-American Conference, are 6-4. They have won their last three games, including a win over Atlantic Sun opponent Jacksonville, and five of their last six.
Sara Pearson is the top hitter for Akron with a .348 average. Erin Seiler leads in the circle with a 6-1 record. In 45 innings she has struck out 64 hitters.
The two teams have not met since Feb. 23, 2008 when the Lady Bisons won 7-1 at the UT-Chattanooga Tournament. It is the only time the two teams have met.
Scouting Dayton: The Flyers, from the Atlantic 10, are 4-5. They are led by Natalie Mariano with a .333 batting average and four RBI.
The Dayton pitching staff has a combined earned run average of 5.95.
The all-time series record is 1-1. The two teams have not played since 2005.
The leader board: Paige Neely and Baylee Williams lead the Lady Bisons in multiple-hit games with four each.
Eight of Neely’s 14 hits have been doubles. She leads the team with a .341 batting average.
Abby Fenichel and Gracey Aguirre are the leaders in multiple-RBI games with three apiece. Fenichel’s four RBI against Missouri-Kansas City Feb. 6 is a team game high this season. She is the team leader in RBI with nine.
Baylee Williams has reached base in eight games this season, tops on the team. She has reached base at least once in the last three games, the longest current streak on the team.
Williams also has the longest hitting streak on the team this season with six. She is one of only two players with a hit in the last game against Alabama Feb. 22.
Conference rankings: Brittany Elmore is one of three players in the Atlantic Sun with nine stolen bases.
Right-hander Kelly Young is second in the conference in strikeouts with 37. She is also second in innings pitched with 43.1.
Tanner Sanders, also a right-hander is third in the A-Sun in strikeouts with 33.
I need a lineup card: Ryman likes the versatility of the team and the starting lineups this season reflect that belief.
Laura Dukes and Fenichel have shared catching duties. Dukes has started eight times and Fenichel six.
Caitlin Plocheck has 11 starts at first. Dukes has started their three times.
Mimi Cartwright has been the starter at third 12 times. Fenichel has two starts.
Aguirre has 13 starts in right field. Fenichel has started their once, one of three different positions she has played on the field as a freshman. She has also been the designated player five times, the most of any player on the team.
Fenichel is one of seven players who have started as the designated player this season.