NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb softball team is scheduled to play Tennessee State, but there is more to this evening than winning or losing a game.
The Lady Bisons will be wearing special pink jerseys as everyone inside Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium will be “Thinking Pink” in order to build breast cancer awareness and support the work for a cure as we “strike out” cancer. Game time is 6 p.m.
Lipscomb is 24-24. Tennessee State, from the Ohio Valley Conference, is 10-39.
Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman wants to see her team consistently demonstrate the offensive effort they showed in spurts in the Tennessee Invitational this past weekend.
“We have talked and talked about making adjustments (at the plate),” Ryman said. “I think that is going to continue to be a theme down the stretch.
“I still believe our lineup can get hits against quality pitchers. It is about going up and understanding what the zone is and what the umpire is calling and understanding what our strengths are.”
Scouting Tennessee State: Two TSU players are batting higher than .300. Courtney Gearlds leads the team with a .341 average. Lauren Dreitlein is hitting .302.
Gearlds also leads the team with a .439 slugging percentage and 13 stolen bases.
Tennessee State primarily uses three pitchers. Danica Gleason is 4-21 and tied for most victories with Lauren Powell. Gleason’s 5.55 earned run average is the lowest on the staff.
NCAA rankings: Kelly Young is 14th nationally in strikeouts per seven innings with 9.3. She is 16th in overall strikeouts with 190. Young is 59th in hits allowed per seven innings with an average of 5.40.
Brittany Elmore is 44th in stolen bases with .58 per game. She has 29 for the season.
As a team Lipscomb is 58th in earned run average (2.87), 61st in stolen bases per game (1.42) and 66th in fielding percentage (.966).
.300 club: Three Lipscomb players are batting higher than .300. Elmore is at the top with a .384 average. Sarah Higgins is hitting .367. Destinee Brewer is batting .302. Abby Fenichel is knocking on the door with a .299.
Extra, extra: Fenichel leads the team in doubles with 13 and is tied for second in home runs with seven. Plocheck is second in doubles with 11 and tied for second with Fenichel in home runs.
You’re getting very streaky: Caitlin Plocheck is on a nine-game hitting streak, the longest current streak on the team and her longest of the season.
Elmore has put together two double-figure streaks. Her 15-game streak, which ended over the weekend at the Tennessee Invitational, is the longest of the season. She also put together an 11-game streak earlier in the year.
Higgins had a 14-game streak earlier this season as well.
Multiplier effect: Elmore leads the team with 16 multiple-hit games. There is a three-way tie for second. Brewer, Fenichel and Higgins have 12 games each.
There is a three-way tie for the lead in multiple-RBI games. Plocheck, Fenichel and Higgins have nine apiece.
Next up: The Lady Bisons will have the weekend off. They will close out the home portion of the season Tuesday night, May 3, with a single game against UAB at 6:30.