CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Lipscomb softball team is returning to Chattanooga with a new mental attitude.
The Lady Bisons, 11-9, will play Chattanooga, 12-9, Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Frost Stadium in a single game.
“This team fights, but there comes a point where you fight relentlessly, or you fight but you still have little doubts in your mind,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We were saying we were fighting hard, but there was always this level of doubt.
“We have to believe if we are down two runs in the seventh inning that we can come back from that. If are down by three in the sixth inning we can come back. And if we have a lead we are going to go out and fight on defense the same we would on offense. We want them to attack ground balls and fly balls and know we can put a team away.
“It comes down to trust and the buy-in process. When you go to the plate are you following through with your process or are you letting other things creep in? It is a lot more difficult than just going up and swinging the bat.”
The Lady Bisons are coming off of a 12-9 come-from-behind win over Indiana State to close out their Purple and Gold Challenge Sunday afternoon at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. They had trailed 8-6 before scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth.
“I think this is a game that can carry over for us,” Ryman said. “Chattanooga is another good test for us.
“If we stick to our process, go in and compete well then we have a shot to win.”
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Live video is available online at no charge through MocsVision and the SoCon Digital Network. A live stats link is on Lipscombsports.com.
Scouting Chattanooga: This is the second trip to Chattanooga for the Lady Bisons this season. They played in the Frost Classic two weeks agp where they were 4-1, but did not face the host Mocs.
Chattanooga has four hitters batting .315 or better. Jordan Fortel leads the way with a .377 average. She also leads with two home runs and 14 RBI.
Cori Jennings leads the pitching staff with a 1.22 ERA and 45 strikeouts.
Chattanooga leads the all-time series 5-3. The last time the two teams played was April 8, 2015, a 7-4 loss by Lipscomb at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.
A-Sun rankings: Sarah Higgins is fifth in batting with a .411 average. Higgins is tied for third in home runs with five. Higgins is third in total bases with 47.
Brittany Elmore is sixth in batting at .397. She is fourth in stolen bases with 12.
Caitlin Plocheck recorded her third game this season with four RBI, this time against Indiana State. She is tied for the third highest RBI total with 18.
Tanner Sanders is first in strikeouts with 67. She is tied for third with a 1.50 earned run average. Sanders is tied for fourth in wins with five. Sanders is fourth in innings pitched with 70. Teams are hitting .209 against her, fourth best.
Kelly Young has struck out 53 batters, third best in the conference.
Sanders is first in batters struck out looking with 23. Young is second in the A-Sun with 18. Mandy Jordan is third in the same category with 11.