NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Everyone is still talking about last week’s snow and the prospects of more ahead, but softball season will soon be here with the Lipscomb Bisons opening Feb. 12 in the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Fans of the team will get a chance to preview the 2016 season and eat and talk with the players, coaches and staff Feb. 6 at the Lipscomb Softball Diamond Dinner. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at McQuiddy Gym. Food for the event will be catered by Humdingers.
Coach Kristin Ryman begins her 11th season as the leader of the Lady Bisons. Lipscomb has been picked to win the Atlantic Sun regular season title with six of seven conference coaches voting them as the No. 1 team.
Centerfielder Brittany Elmore and right-handed pitcher Tanner Sanders, both seniors, were named to the A-Sun Preseason All-Conference Team. Elmore was a unanimous selection.
“We are not going to dwell on the preseason rankings and who has been voted to do this or that,” Ryman said. “I have said all along this team is going to be very talented. It is just a matter of staying healthy which is true for every team.”
All players will be introduced at the event. Selected players and coaches will join Ryman on stage to discuss the season ahead.
Included in the schedule are four top 25 teams – South Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma. The Lady Bisons will play Tennessee twice. On March 29 Tennessee will visit Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a 5 p.m. game. On April 24 the Lady Bisons travel to Knoxville to play Tennessee as part of the Tennessee Invitational.
Last season the Lady Bisons finished second in the A-Sun regular season and runner-up in the tournament.
“We have to go out and do it if we are going to win the conference,” Ryman said. “We want to go back to the NCAA Tournament. We are going to need some of our returning players to step up and be a bigger part of the team.
“We are also going to potentially have some freshmen in key positions. We are going to be relying on them early on in the season. We know they can do it. We wouldn’t put them in a role where they can’t make it. It is all going to be about how aggressive they handle the first part of the season.”
Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner. Kids under 10 are admitted free.
To reserve a spot visit www.LipscombDiamondDinner.com. Only VISA and MasterCard are accepted as payment.