NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the opening of the ASUN Conference portion of the season a little more than a week away Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman is working to fine tune her team.
“I want to make sure we are focusing on things we have to do better,” Ryman said. “That is the biggest challenge for us – making sure we are attacking the things in practice we need to get better at doing.”
The Lady Bisons, 18-7, are back in action this weekend at home at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a three-game series with Austin Peay State, 8-11, from the Ohio Valley Conference. Saturday a doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. A single game is scheduled for Sunday at 1.
Lipscomb pounded out 10 hits beat UAB 9-0 in five innings Wednesday on the road, an encouraging outcome for Ryman. But she wants each of her players to realize each day offers the opportunity to get better.
“Every single one of them has had a ton of success or they wouldn’t be playing in college,” Ryman said. “What has really been neat with the team we have this year is even with the youth we have they have the maturity of being able to realistically look at their game and not overgeneralize.
“They are able to take a step back and they are not afraid to try new things. We are challenging them to make sure they are not getting into a rut and going through the motions rather than focusing on what they are trying to accomplish.”
The series: Lipscomb leads the series with Austin Peay State 24-10. The Lady Bisons have won the last eight meetings.
Roll on Jordan: Pitcher Mandy Jordan, 12-3, is fourth in the NCAA in shutouts with five, 10th in victories with 12 and 19th in saves with two. She is ninth in strikeouts in the nation with 121 and 41st with a 1.13 earned run average.
In the ASUN Conference she is first in shutouts, tied for first in wins and second in earned run average and strikeouts. She is tied for second in saves.
As a team the Lady Bisons are 46th in earned run average with a 2.24. The team is second in the conference in that category.
Getting offensive: Kasey Gibson is 21st in the nation in triples with three.
Caitlin Plocheck is third in the ASUN in home runs with five.
Six players are in double figures in runs batted in led by Gibson and Peyton Ward with 16 apiece. Plocheck has 15 followed by Abby Fenichel with 13, Hannah DeVault with 12 and Sarah Higgins with 11.