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Softball's Ryman looking for all-out effort against WKU
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
By Mark McGee
Softball's Ryman looking for all-out effort against WKU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Every game is important so it would be trite to call a doubleheader with Western Kentucky a dress rehearsal.

“It will be another good mid-week test for us,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “It would be nice to walk away having played two really clean games. We have to keep finding ways to improve.

“Right now, we are trying to grind out this middle part of the schedule. We would like to play two error-free games and not leave runners on base. We want to see an all-out, relentless attack for a full seven innings or longer.”

Wednesday night’s doubleheader is the final tune-up for Lipscomb before beginning Atlantic Sun Conference play. The first game begins at 5.

“We have been playing them every year at home or away for several years,” Ryman said. “They have a quality mid-major program. They made regionals last year were one game away from a Super Regional.

“They have graduated some key players. They are going to have a new look. But they are going to be competitive and hard-nosed. That is the way they play.”

The Lady Bisons are 12-12. Western Kentucky is 8-10.

“It would be nice to have some momentum going into the weekend, but at the end of the day we are trying to win every game possible,” Ryman said. “It has been a steady climb for us as we build towards the conference season.

“At times it has been a slow go. Offensively, we have some people making steps in the right direction. We have some injuries and some people are going to be in difference places defensively. But I feel we are in a pretty good place right now.”

Scouting Western Kentucky: Jordan Mauch is the top hitter for the Lady Toppers with a .353 average. Carleigh Chaumont is batting .346.

In the circle Hannah Parker has a 5-6 record and a 3.45 earned run average. Kathryn Downing is 3-0 with a 3.55 ERA.

The Lady Toppers are well rested. Due to weather issues they have not played since March 6.

In the overall series Western Kentucky has a 15-9 advantage. Last season the two teams split at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Lipscomb lost the first game 9-2 and took the second game 3-1.

Top 15: Four Lipscomb players are ranked in the top 15 in hitting in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Sarah Higgins is tied for third at .406 followed by Brittany Elmore in eighth (.367), Destinee Brewer in 12th (.355) and Abby Fenichel in 14th (.338).

Team stats: Lipscomb is third in the conference in batting average (.276), on base percentage (.356) and home runs (15).

The Lady Bisons are second in slugging percentage (.405) fourth in total bases (248).

Lipscomb is fourth with a 2.79 earned run average and fourth in fielding percentage at .964.

More A-Sun stats: Kasey Gibson leads in sac bunts with nine. Fenichel has been hit by a pitch seven times, second in the conference.

Higgins is third with a .474 on base percentage and third in total bases with 52. She is tied for fourth with five home runs.

Tanner Sanders is second in strikeouts with 76 and first in strikeouts looking with 26. She is third in opponent batting average (.220), fifth in innings pitched (85) and fifth in wins with six.

Kelly Young is third in strikeouts with 61 and second in strikeouts looking with 19.

Next up: Lipscomb opens A-Sun play Saturday and Sunday against defending champions USC Upstate. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1. Sunday’s single game starts at 1.