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March 25, 20161234567RHE
Win: SANDERS (8-8) 7.041105
Loss: Victoria Brown (10-10) 6.033304
Danielle Baker (JU) 312101
ELMORE (LIP) 311000
HIGGINS (LIP) 201000
March 25, 20161234567RHE
Win: YOUNG (8-4) 7.0100015
Loss: Paige Curtis (4-3) 6.073002
Allie McCourt (JU) 201000
HIGGINS (LIP) 302000
March 26, 20161234567RHE
Win: Victoria Brown (11-10) 7.040021
Loss: YOUNG (8-5) 5.143238
Victoria Brown (JU) 322312
ELMORE (LIP) 301000
GIBSON (LIP) 301000
BREWER (LIP) 201000
Ryman wants her softball players to be working with every pitch
Thursday, March 24, 2016
By Mark McGee
Ryman wants her softball players to be working with every pitch

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The message is a simple one, but Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman wants to make sure her softball players know that the game starts with the first pitch and doesn’t end until the last out.

After Wednesday night’s come-from-behind 4-3 win over Belmont, Ryman isn’t sure her players are getting the message that you can’t a take an inning, an at-bat or even a pitch off, especially in Atlantic Sun games.

“If you don’t go out and take it the other team is going to take it from you,” Ryman said. “We are going to have to make sure we are going out and taking it and not just letting things happen and see how it goes. We are going to have to be the aggressor and take the win.”

Friday night the Lady Bisons are back in action in the A-Sun when Jacksonville visits for a three –game series. Due to the Easter weekend the schedule has been altered. The two teams will meet Friday night at 4 p.m. for a doubleheader at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The final game of the series is Saturday at 1 p.m.

“Jacksonville is a team that can easily outplay you,” Ryman said.  “Jacksonville will out-energize you and out-play you if you let them.

“I anticipate it being a very good series with close games. We have been an up-and-down team. We have to have everything clicking. There is no one who is going to run away with this conference. Jacksonville has positioned themselves to make a run to be in the top of the conference this year. We have to come out and make sure we are ready to play.”

Lipscomb is 16-14 overall, 1-2 in the conference. Jacksonville is 16-17, 1-2 in the conference.

Elmore holds A-Sun record: Brittany Elmore is the all-time leader in stolen bases in the A-Sun. She has 16 so far this season giving her a total of 121 for her career. She has surpassed Jessica Huffman from Campbell who finished her career with 116 from 2004-2007.

Elmore is one of only five players in the history of the conference to steal more than 100 bases in a career.

Sisters: Lipscomb’s Abby Fenichel and Jacksonville’s Danielle Baker are sisters. Both were members of the A-Sun All-Freshman team last season.

Scouting Jacksonville: Victoria Brown leads the Dolphins with a .322 batting average. Baker is batting .312.

Brown is also the leader in the circle with a 10-9 record and a 2.89 ERA.

The Dolphins lost 10-0 at Tennessee Tuesday as the Lady Vols completed a perfect game. The Dolphins have lost their last three games.

Lipscomb won the opening game of the series at Jacksonville last season by a 1-0 score, but lost the next two games in the series. The Lady Bisons hold an 18-11 advantage overall in the series.

Daddy-Daughter Day: Saturday has been designated as Daddy-Daughter Day.  The fathers of the players are being asked to meet in the dugout at 12:30 in order to go out on the field with their daughters when they move to their defensive positions. The fathers of the senior players will throw out the first pitch.

Also fathers who accompany their daughters to the game will receive free admission.

National rankings: Lipscomb is 48th in NCAA Division I with a team ERA of 2.58. The Lady Bisons are 60th in stolen bases with 1.47.

Sarah Higgins is 34th in home runs with eighth.

Kasey Gibson is 20th in sac bunts per game with an average of .30.

Young is 27th in strikeouts per seven innings with 8.8.

A-Sun rankings: Higgins, who hit the walk-off single with two outs to win the Belmont game, is tied for the lead in batting in the conference with a .385 average. She has a .747 slugging percentage, second best in the A-Sun. She is tied for second in total bases with 68. Higgins is third in home runs. She is fourth in both runs batted in with 25 and on base percentage at .451.

Gibson is first with nine sac bunts. Abby Fenichel is tied for first having been hit by a pitch nine times this season.

Tanner Sanders is tied for third with a 1.77 earned run average. She is third in opposing batting average holding hitters to .218. She is also third in innings pitched with 103 and in strikeouts with 91.

She is tied with teammate Kelly Young for batters struck out looking with 29. Young is second in strikeouts with 95.