NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb softball fans have only two more opportunities to see the team on its home field this season.
One of those chances is Wednesday night at 5 p.m. when Ohio Valley Conference opponent Murray State visits Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a single game.
The last home game of the season is April 26 when Tennessee State makes the short trip to Lipscomb for a 6 p.m. game.
Lipscomb is 22-22. Murray State is 18-23, 504 on the road.
Scouting Murray State: Two Racers are tied for the team batting lead. Leah Kesel and Shelbey Miller are both hitting .311. Jessica Twaddle is hitting at a .311 clip.
Cayla Levin leads in runs batted in with 20.
Mason Robinson leads the pitching staff with a 13-11 record and 1.78 earned run average.
Lipscomb leads the overall series 3-0.
Live stats will be available at lipscombsports.com.
.300 club: Three Lipscomb hitters are hitting at the .300 level. Brittany Elmore leads the way at .393. Sarah Higgins is hitting .367. Abby Fenichel is batting .312.
Destinee Brewer is within range at .297.
Power surge: Three players have set new career season highs for home runs. Higgins, a freshman, leads the team with nine.
Sophomores Fenichel and Caitlin Plocheck each had five home runs in their freshman seasons. Fenichel has seven so far this season. Plocheck has slammed six.
You are getting very streaky: Elmore is tied with Higgins for the longest hitting streak of the season. They are tied at 14, but Elmore will be out to extend her streak to 15 against Murray State. Higgins’ streak was earlier this season.
Elmore also put together an 11-game streak this season.
Plocheck has a five-game active streak.
NCAA standings: Kelly Young is 17th in strikeouts per seven innings with 9.1. She is 22nd in total strikeouts with 168. Young is also 54th in hits allowed per seven innings with 5.36.
Elmore is 44th in stolen bases per game with .57.
A-Sun rankings: Elmore leads the Atlantic Sun Conference overall with a .393 batting average and in hits with 59. She is fifth with a .436 on base percentage.
Higgins is second with a .675 slugging percentage. She is third in total bases (81) and is tied for fourth in home runs.
Fenichel is 20th in batting average. She is tied for second with 12 doubles and also tied for second in runs scored (34). She is eighth in both slugging percentage (.592) and RBI (31). Her .429 on base percentage is ninth best in the conference.
Kasey Gibson leads with nine sacrifice bunts.
Young is first overall in opposing batting average (.207). She is also first in strikeouts and strikeouts looking (44). She is fifth with 129.1 innings pitched.
Tanner Sanders is second in batters struck out looking (40) and third in strikeouts (117). She is fourth in four categories - opposing batting average (.234), earned run average (2.45), innings pitched (134.1) and games started (20).
Young and Sander are two of only three pitchers in the A-Sun with more than 100 strikeouts. Upstate’s Holly McKinnon is second with 150.
In A-Sun games only Elmore is second with a .472 batting average. She is first in both hits (25) and stolen bases (12). She is tied for first in runs with 14.
She is fifth in on base percentage (.491) and seventh in slugging percentage (.585).
Fenichel is first in doubles (7) and tied for first in runs (14). She is second in slugging percentage (.682) and tied for second in home runs with three. She is fourth in RBI with 14.
Ten of Fenichel’s 14 hits in conference games have been for extra bases.
In A-Sun games only Young is first in both strikeouts (84) and strikeouts per game (9.28). She is also first with 63.1 innings pitched. She is fourth with a 1.99 ERA.
Sanders is third in both strikeouts (35) and strikeouts per game (6.34). She is seventh in innings pitched (38.2) and ninth in ERA (3.62).
RPI: Lipscomb is ranked 103 in this week’s NCAA RPI.
USC Upstate is the highest rated A-Sun team with a 51 ranking.
Jacksonville is a 92. Stetson is 104, FGCU is 115 and Kennesaw State is 117.
Next up: The Lady Bisons take a break from Atlantic Sun action this weekend, but they are not taking a break from the road. For the third straight weekend they are traveling.
This Saturday and Sunday they are in Knoxville for three games in the Tennessee Invitational. Due to Louisiana-Monroe withdrawing this week from the tournament, Radford has been added.
The Lady Bisons will play Radford at 6 p.m. central Saturday night. Sunday they will play a doubleheader facing No. 9 Oklahoma at 11 a.m. and host Tennessee at 1:30 p.m.