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Lipscomb101000X270
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: SANDERS (5-3) 7.041106
Loss: Maryssa Becker (3-4) 6.072117
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Maryssa Becker (LOU) 301100
Megan Hensley (LOU) 301000
Lillie Goetz (LOU) 301000
Brittany Sims (LOU) 211000
ELMORE (LIP) 212110
HIGGINS (LIP) 302000
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Megan Hensley (8-1) 7.041147
Loss: JORDAN (2-2) 4.274325
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Lillie Goetz (LOU) 403200
HIGGINS (LIP) 211111
WILLIAMS (LIP) 301000
GREEN (LIP) 201010
BREWER (LIP) 201010
Softball ready for home opener with Louisville
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
By Mark McGee
Softball ready for home opener with Louisville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After three weeks on the road the Lipscomb softball team is finally home.

Wednesday at 2 p.m. they will play a doubleheader with Louisville, 10-4, at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The Cardinals have won their last three games, four of the last five. Lipscomb, 8-6, has won its last four games.

“This is a really big deal,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We are excited, not just because Louisville is coming here, but that it is our home opener. It is neat for our fans and our players.

“It will definitely be a big challenge for us. We want our players to be challenged. They have a great tradition for success over the years.”

Scouting Louisville: This will be the first time Lipscomb has played Louisville in softball.

The Cardinals are led offensively by Megan Hensley with a .432 average. Maryssa Becker is the RBI leader with 15. She also leads with five doubles and is batting .359. Nicole Pufahl has four home runs to pace the Cardinals.

Hensley is also the top pitcher with a 7-1 record and a 1.80 earned run average. Becker has a 3-3 worksheet and a 1.77 ERA.

“Louisville is a team that always hits the ball well,” Ryman said. “They have a good combination of power and speed.

“They have pitched well. They are consistently a regional and Super Regional type of team. That is what we are striving to be. They present a lot of challenges, but nothing we haven’t already seen this year.”

National rankings: As a team Lipscomb is 23rd with an average of 2.07 stolen bases per game. The Lady Bisons are 43rd in triples per game with .29. They are 45th with a 2.30 earned run average.

Kasey Gibson is second in sacrifice hits per game with an average of .50. Abby Fenichel is 23rd having been hit an average of .43 times per game. Sarah Higgins is 13th toughest batters to strike out.

Tanner Sanders is 27th with a 0.88 earned run average. Kelly Young is 23rd in strikeouts per seven innings with 9.5.

A-Sun ratings: The Lady Bisons are third with a .269 batting average and third with a 2.30 earned run average.

Brittany Elmore is fifth in batting with a .413 average. Caitlin Plocheck is fifth in RBI with 14.

Sanders is second in earned run average and third with 41 strikeouts. She is fifth in wins with four. Mandy Jordan is 10th with a 2.25 ERA. Young is fourth with 3 strikeouts.

Next up: The Lady Bisons will host the Purple and Gold Challenge Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Furman, Troy, Youngstown State and Indiana State scheduled to play.