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|Win: Lowary (9-0)||5.0||5||2||1||0||10|
|Loss: SANDERS (5-6)||4.0||8||9||8||4||0|
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|Win: GILLEN (7-3)||9.0||5||2||0||1||12|
|Loss: YOUNG (4-7)||8.2||10||3||1||1||5|
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|Win: Martin (4-3)||3.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|Loss: YOUNG (4-8)||1.0||2||3||3||0||1|
RALEIGH, N.C. – Coach Kristin Ryman is counting on her Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team packing some consistency in their bags as they head east this weekend for the Hyatt Place Invitational hosted by North Carolina State University.
“This our last big test before con ference play,” Ryman said. “I think the thing we are looking for most is consistency with our pitching, defense and hitting.
“If we can get a full weekend where we play the way we as coaches know how we can play and if we are playing softball and playing complete games we are going to give ourselves a chance.”
The rainy weather we have experienced in the Nashville area may be heading to Raleigh. Weather permitting the Lady Bisons will face Missouri Friday at 12:30 p.m. followed by North Carolina State at 5 p.m.
Saturday they open with Longwood at 8 a.m. They will play Binghamton at 7:15 p.m.
Sunday the Lady Bisons close out the tournament with Fordham at 1 p.m.
The only team in the tournament the Lady Bisons have played previously is Missouri.
Ryman is looking for her team to show a higher level of enthusiasm and excitement.
“We have talked about the fire in this team,” Ryman said. “We are trying to continually to help them understand how much it can help our team right now if they bring a little more of that fire.
“We have it. It is just a little bit different with various players. We are asking a lot of some younger, newer players right now. It is O.K. to celebrate the little things. When we have a sacrifice bunt that moves a runner it is okay to be excited about that.”
SCOUTING MISSOURI (15-3): The Tigers are ranked No. 21 in the nation. They are coming off a doubleheader sweep of Southeast Missouri and have won their last six in a row.
The Lady Bisons faced Missouri, from the Southeastern Conference, last season. They lost 8-0 on Feb. 15.
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA STATE (11-7): The Wolfpack enters the tournament ranked No. 25 in the country. They have a four-game winning streak and have won eight of their last nine games.
Molly Hutchinson is batting . 377 with six homers and 12 RBI. Tyler Ross has driven in 15 runs and bats .328.
In the circle Emily Weiman leads the way with a 7-5 record and a .281 ERA. She is averaging more than a strikeout an inning with 87 in 74.2 innings.
SCOUTING LONGWOOD (3-12): Megan Baltzell leads the Lancers offense with a .317 batting average. Elizabeth Ivey is the top pitcher with a 2-5 record and a 3.13 ERA.
Longwood has just returned from Hawaii where it won its last game 3-0 over East Carolina. The victory stopped a 10-game hitting streak.
Longwood is from the Big South Conference.
SCOUTING BINGHAMTON (8-6): Binghamton is on a five-game winning streak. The Bearcats have two hitters batting .400 or higher. Lisa Cadogan leads Binghamton with a .457 batting average and 14 runs batted in. Sydney Harbaugh bats . 400 and also has 14 RBI.
Pitcher Sarah Miller has a 5-2 record but also owns a 6.44 ERA.
Binghamton, from the American East Conference, has won its last five games.
SCOUTING FORDHAM (9-7): The Rams last outing was a 10-5 win over Minnesota, then the 13th-ranked team in the country.
Amy Van Hoven bats .400 for the Rams.
Rachel Gillen is top pitcher with a 5-2 record and a 2.16 ERA.
Fordham is from the Atlantic 10 Conference.
- Missouri and North Carolina State are the second and third teams the Lady Bisons have faced this season who have been nationally ranked. They have lost twice to then No. 5 Michigan and once to then No. 3-rated Alabama.
- Brittany Elmore enters the tournament with a five-game hitting streak. She has reached base in her last six games.
- Abby Fenichel leads the team having reached base the last seven games.
The Lady Bisons open Atlantic Sun play at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium with a doubleheader Saturday, March 21, with Stetson beginning at 1. The three-game series ends Sunday at 1.