February 26, 20161234567RHE
Lipscomb0000000000
Kentucky030100X451
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Rethlake (1-1) 7.0000114
Loss: SANDERS (2-3) 6.054427
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
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Northern Kentucky00001144
Lipscomb2305X1060
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: YOUNG (2-2) 5.041118
Loss: HARBACEK (0-2) 1.125420
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
HAYES (NKU) 201000
MAHER (NKU) 111010
METER (NKU) 201000
McQUEEN (NKU) 201100
GIBSON (LIP) 212100
FENICHEL (LIP) 322200
February 27, 201612345RHE
Evansville00010111
Lipscomb005049111
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: SANDERS (3-3) 5.011019
Loss: Blankenship (2-3) 3.075512
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Parr (UE) 201000
PLOCHECK (LIP) 322401
HIGGINS (LIP) 322201
WILLIAMS (LIP) 212000
BREWER (LIP) 202110
February 27, 201612345678RHE
Lipscomb11101000430
Eastern Illinois0000001X142
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: JORDAN (2-1) 7.041116
Loss: WIREMAN (3-8) 3.013323
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
ELMORE (LIP) 211020
WILLIAMS (LIP) 201000
BREWER (LIP) 201010
AMES (EIU) 302000
February 28, 20161234567RHE
Lipscomb40000048113
Miami5000010680
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: SANDERS (4-3) 6.251026
Loss: LOGEMANN (2-4) 2.044422
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
ELMORE (LIP) 413310
HOHMAN (MIAMI) 403100
Lady Bisons softball opens Frost Classic with nationally-ranked Kentucky
Thursday, February 25, 2016
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons softball opens Frost Classic with nationally-ranked Kentucky

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons may be playing softball south of Nashville this weekend, but Friday they are going to have Kentucky on their mind.

Lipscomb, 4-5, opens play in the Frost Classic hosted by Chattanooga Friday morning at 10 against No. 18/17 ranked Kentucky. At 3 p.m. they will face former Atlantic Sun foe Northern Kentucky.

Games will be played at Frost Stadium and Warner Field at 1101 McCallie Ave.

Saturday the Lady Bisons will play Evansville at 10 a.m. and cap off the day with Eastern Illinois at 3 p.m.

The final game is scheduled for Sunday at 12:30 against Miami (Ohio).

“We are trying not to focus too hard on any one team we are going to be playing,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “It is a little bit difficult to prepare for teams during the week because you are going to play a variety of teams over the weekend.

“We can prepare for Kentucky and then we are playing a dramatically different team in Northern Kentucky afterwards. We are focused at this point in the season on what we need to do.”

The primary emphasis from the start has been quality at bats.

“We have to find ways that even when we are not getting hits we are making something happen,” Ryman said. “We have to make sure we have a plan at the plate and are not going up there guessing. We have to make adjustments. Those are the three things we are working on offensively.

“We are young on defense. We have to take the defense up another notch where we are helping our pitchers and taking some pressure off of our offense.”

Scouting Kentucky: The Wildcats, 9-2, are led offensively by Katie Reed, a freshman batting .500, and Sylver Samuel hitting a team-high .536.

“Kentucky is a very good team and a very athletic team,” Ryman said. “They have some youth on their team, but those freshmen are very talented. They have a lot of power, but they also have a good mix of speed. They are top 25 for a reason.

“They are utilizing all of their pitchers. They have a lot of different looks on their staff. They attack you in a lot of different ways.”

Lipscomb and Kentucky are tied 1-1 overall with the last meeting in 2013.

Northern Kentucky: The Lady Bisons have not lost to Northern Kentucky in nine previous meetings.

Zabrya McFarland, Nicolette Hayes and Sydney Ferrante have reached base in every game. Ferrante and Hayley Curtis both have four-game hitting streaks.

NCAA ratings: Kasey Gibson is 18th in the nation with .44 sacrifice hits per game. Sarah Higgins is fourth in the nation in triples with two and 27th in the nation with an average of .22 triples per game.

Tanner Sanders .47 earned run average is 20th nationally. Kelly Young is 29th in strikeouts per seven innings with 9.3.

A-Sun rankings: Brittany Elmore is tied for the second highest total in stolen bases with five. She is fifth with a .438 batting average.

Fenichel is in a four-way tie for first in home runs with three. Her 10 runs batted in are the third highest in the conference.

Higgins is first in the conference in triples and is second in triples per game.

Kelly Young leads with 26 strikeouts. Tanner Sanders Is second in earned run average and tied for fourth in strikeouts with 19.