NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is late in the season and Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman continues to use her depth to fill in when the need arises.
With Sarah Higgins nursing an injury Malorie Giere made her first two collegiate stars behind the plate. Abby Fenichel moved from catcher to third to fill in for Higgins. Khayla Green moved into the designated player role and batted over .700 in two games.
“Malorie did a really good job behind the plate,” Ryman said. “We just threw her back there. That is a crucial role to be in, especially with pitchers who have some down movement on their pitches at times.
“Abby did a really nice job at third. Defensively, we didn’t miss a beat. I am proud of all of those girls. It is nice when you get into that situation to have players who can step up. And they have earned the right to be the next player up.”
The Lady Bisons do not have a mid-week game this week. They return to A-Sun action Saturday and Sunday at Stetson in DeLand, Florida. A doubleheader is scheduled for noon Saturday and a single game will be played Sunday at noon.
RPI: The Lady Bisons are ranked 109th this week in the NCAA Division I RPI.
USC Upstate is the top-rated A-Sun program at 57th. Kennesaw State is one spot ahead of Lipscomb at 108.
Stetson is rated 112. FGCU is 123 and North Florida is 128.
NCAA ratings: As a team Lipscomb is 56th nationally with a 2.81 earned run average.
The Lady Bisons are 58th in stolen bases with 1.46 per game.
Brittany Elmore is 47th with .56 stolen bases per game. Kasey Gibson is 50th in sac bunts with .23 per game.
In the circle Kelly Young is 14th in total strikeouts with 157. She is 17th in strikeouts per seven innings with 9.4.
A-Sun stats: The Lady Bisons have the lowest ERA overall in the conference and also the lowest opponent batting average at .225.
They also lead in strikeouts (305) and batters struck out looking (94).
Elmore has moved into the lead overall in hitting with a .381 average. She also leads the conference overall in hits with 53. She is tied for third in stolen bases with 24.
Higgins is third in hitting at .367. Higgins is second in slugging percentage (.675) and total bases (81). She is tied for third in home runs with nine. She is tied for fifth in RBI with 31.
Fenichel has been hit by an opposing pitcher 10 times this season, third overall.
Young leads overall with a .205 opposing batting average. She also leads in strike outs and strikeouts looking (43).
Young is fifth with 117.1 innings pitched.
Sanders is second in opposing batting average (.227) and in batters struck out looking (39). She is third in strikeouts (113), fourth in innings pitched (127.1) and fifth with a 2.36 ERA.
In conference games only Elmore is third in hitting (.452). She is one of four Lady Bisons batting higher than .300. Baylee Williams is 14th (.351), Fenichel is 21st (.314) and Higgins is 26th (.303). Destinee Brewer is closing the gap to be No, 5 at .297.
Fenichel is third in RBI with 12 and tied for third in home runs with two. Williams is fifth with nine.
Elmore leads in stolen bases with 10. Brewer is tied for seventh with four.
In the circle in conference games Young is first in strikeouts with 73. Sanders is third with 31.
Young is fourth with a 1.77 ERA. Sanders is eighth at 3.54.