NASHVILLE, Tenn. – So far this season the Lipscomb Lady Bisons have avoided experiencing the highest of highs or the lowest of lows on the softball field.
Wednesday night at 4 the Lady Bisons, 21-7, will host Western Kentucky, 18-13, from Conference USA for a doubleheader at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Both games will be shown live on ESPN3. The Lady Bisons have won their last five games.
“Western has some really good wins like Mississippi State,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. ‘They have a lot of new players.
“There have been so many changes in their personnel. We are going to have to come out very quickly, see what they look like in terms of pitching and hitting, and make our adjustments early. They can keep a game close and find a way to win games late.”
It doesn’t matter to this Lipscomb team what the name on the opponent’s jersey is or where the games might be played.
“What is really neat about this team is they are so unassuming about what they do,” Ryman said. “What I mean by that is we have talked a lot to this team about not getting too high or too low with any one play, any one game or any one bat.
“We want to play with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. Mentally we have a good approach right now. This team is very even keeled about how they approach each game.”
Lipscomb is a young team with only one senior starter in center fielder Kasey Gibson. Despite their youth they have a mature approach to each game.
“We go with the flow,” Ryman said. “We go out and we are about our business. I don’t want to sound like we are too chill. We certainly celebrate the good moments and the little things like a sac bunt.
“We are trying to impress on this group the idea of stepping on the field and being who you want to be. We can’t get too wrapped up with one bad at bat or one bad game. We want to learn from our mistakes and move forward. We enjoy ourselves, but we are not going to get too high or too low.”
Series: Western Kentucky leads the series 15-11.
RPI: In the first RPI of the season Lipscomb is 47th. Western Kentucky is 80th.
Jordan keeps on rolling: Nationally in NCAA Division I Mandy Jordan is sixth in wins with 14. She is seventh in strikeouts with 142 and eighth in shutouts with five.
She is 22nd in saves with two and 30th in strikeouts per seven innings with 9.1. She is 31st with a 1.09 earned run average nationally.
In the ASUN Jordan is first in wins and strikeouts and in batters struck out looking with 35. She is second in ERA, innings pitched (109.1) and games started (18).
She is third in appearances with 19 and fourth in opposing batting average at .198.
Jordan picked up ASUN Conference Pitcher of the Week and TSWA Pitcher of the Week this week. It is the second time this season she has won both awards.
Going with the Plo: Caitlin Plocheck leads the team with a .383 batting average, a .670 slugging percentage, 36 hits, nine doubles, six home runs and 18 runs batted in.
She is second in the ASUN Conference in doubles, third in total bases with 63, tied for third in home runs, fourth in slugging percentage and tied for ninth in hits.
Plocheck is second on the team in multiple-hit games with 10. She is tied for the team lead in multiple-RBI games with four. She has reached base safely in 22 of 28 games.
Consistency is Gibson’s game: Gibson is second on the team with a .354 batting average. She is second in runs (16), hits (35), RBI (17), total bases (44) and slugging percentage (.444).
She leads the team in multiple-hit games with 12. She is tied for second in multiple-RBI games with four.
Gibson is 24th in the NCAA in triples with three. She is tied for fourth in the ASUN.