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Lipscomb softball hosting Purple and Gold Challenge
Thursday, March 3, 2016
By Mark McGee
Lipscomb softball hosting Purple and Gold Challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb softball team closes out the preconference tournament portion of the season this weekend by hosting the Purple and Gold Challenge.

Four teams - Furman, Indiana State, Troy and Youngstown State – are visiting Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The action begins Friday at 10 a.m. when Youngstown State faces Indiana State. At 12:30 Indiana State plays Furman followed by Troy facing Youngstown State at 3. The first day finale features Lipscomb against Furman at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday play begins at 10 a.m. with Troy and Indiana State. At 12:30 Lipscomb faces Troy. At 3 Lipscomb is back on the field for a game with Youngstown State. The final game of the day features Youngstown State and Furman at 5:30.

Sunday Troy and Furman are scheduled for a noon game. Lipscomb and Indiana State close out the weekend at 2:30.

“I think it is a pretty good field,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “There is a mixture of teams. There will be some good head-to-head matchups. It will be another good test for us.”

Weather conditions have limited practice time for the Lady Bisons.

“We are trying to make the most of working indoors,” Ryman said. “We spent a lot of time hitting. We were able to see some live pitching.

“It is about making little tweaks in our hitting individually. Everyone knows the tweaks they need to make. It is a matter of stepping into the box and making them.”

The Lady Bisons are 9-7 as they head into the tournament.

Scouting Furman: The Paladins, from the Southern Conference, enter the Purple and Gold Challenge with a 7-11 record, losing to USC Upstate from the A-Sun in their last two games.

Hannah Reynolds is the top hitter with a .447 average. Right-hander Emily Demonte is 2-3 and leads Furman with a 2.37 ERA.

Lipscomb and Furman have faced each other one time. Furman won the game 5-4 in 2006.

“Furman is the kind of team that does a lot of good things,” Ryman said. “They keep getting better and better every year. They are going to be a good opponent right off the bat for us.”

Scouting Indiana State: The Sycamores, from the Missouri Valley Conference, are 3-5.

They are led offensively by Brooke Riemenschneider with a .400 batting average.

Abbie Klopp has a team-leading 2.27 ERA.

Indiana State has a 4-2 record overall in the series with Lipscomb. Lipscomb won 9-1 against Indiana State on Feb. 7 last season.

Scouting Troy: The Trojans, from the Sunbelt Conference, have won five straight games and are 12-4 heading into the Music City.

Kate Benton leads Troy with a .489 batting average. Hannah Day has seven home runs and 23 RBI.

In the circle Claire Graves leads the way with a 4-0 record and 2.76 ERA.

Troy is 4-1 against Lipscomb in previous meetings.

Scouting Youngstown State: The Penguins, from the Horizon League, are on spring break but have a busy softball schedule during their time away from the classroom.

Alex Gibson leads with a .440 batting average followed by Sarah Dowd at .429.

Caitlyn Minney is 4-1 with a 7.16 ERA.

Youngstown State is 4-4.

Three of Youngstown State’s seven home runs have been grand slams.

NCAA rankings: Lipscomb is ranked 15th in stolen bases with 2.25 per game. Brittany Elmore is 30th with an average of .69 steals per game. She has 11 stolen bases.

Tanner Sanders has an earned run average of .90, 27th in the nation.

Abby Fenichel is 37th averaging being hit by a pitch .38 times per game. Sarah Higgins is 45th with four home runs.

Kasey Gibson is second in the nation with an average of .50 sacrifice hits per game.

A-Sun ratings: Elmore is fifth in hitting with a .420 batting average. Destinee Brewer is 10th at .375 and Higgins is tied for 14th at .348.

Higgins Is tied for fourth in home runs and is fifth with a .783 slugging percentage. She is tied for second in triples with two and also tied for second in total bases with 36.

Elmore is second in hits with 21 and fifth with a .500 on base percentage. She is tied for second in stolen bases and is also second in steal attempts with 13.

Sanders, 5-3, leads in earned run average. She is fourth in opposing batting average at .204 and fourth in innings pitched with 54.2. She has struck 19 batters out looking, tops in the A-Sun, and is second in strikeouts with 47. She is fifth in appearances with 10 and tied for fourth in wins with five.

Kelly Young is second in batters struck out looking with 11 and fourth in strikeouts with 38.

Caitlin Plocheck is tied for first with a 1.000 fielding percentage with no errors on 83 chances.

Fenichel has been hit six times this season, which leads the conference.

Gibson is the leader in sac bunts with eight.