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Win: THOMAS (8-5) 7.032225
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Softball has not been shut out this season
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball has not been shut out this season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After 33 games the Lipscomb softball team is in possession of an interesting statistic.

The Lady Bisons have recorded nine shutouts, but they have not been blanked in a game this season.

“To get to this point in the season, having faced the opponents we have faced, and not have been shut out speaks volumes for how far our offense has come,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “From top to bottom on this team anyone can produce for us at any given time.

“Whether we are scoring one run in a game, or scoring in double figures, it is hard to shut us out because we have a lot of players who can find ways to get on base.”

At the top has been lead-off hitter Kasey Gibson who has been a consistent pacesetter for the offense. She is second on the team with a .345 batting average. She is first in RBI with 20 and tied for first in hits with 40.

“I have used Kasey as an example several times this season,” Ryman said. “But for her to be a lead-off slapper and lead us in RBI right speaks volumes of how dynamic a slapper she is.

“She can get on base. She can steal bases. She can put pressure on the defense. She is not just a table setter. She is finding herself in situations to drive in runs and she is doing that equally as well.

Lipscomb, 24-9 overall, will put that shut out statistic on the line Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium in a single game against Tennessee Tech, 9-19, from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Lipscomb leads the series 13-12 overall.

“Tennessee Tech is a free-swinging team,” Ryman said. “They are going to hack at the plate. They are not going to get cheated with their swings.

“We are going to have to show up and play our `A’ game. They have a lot of power in their lineup with 34 home runs. It will be a challenge for us.”

The top hitter for Tennessee Tech is Aalia Bivens with a .327 average. Hallie Davis leads the team with six home runs and 17 runs batted in.

“How often we are shutting out opponents says a lot about our pitching and our defense,” Ryman said. “McCarley Thomas and Mandy Jordan are certainly going to get their strikeouts, but they aren’t striking everyone out.

“Our defense is much improved from last year and has done a great job behind them. We are a more athletic and dynamic defense this year and we are consistently making plays behind our pitchers.”

Next up: The Lady Bisons are back on the road Saturday and Sunday for a three-game ASUN Conference series at Jacksonville.