LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It is back to the road for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons after playing their last six softball games at home.
Tuesday night they are in Louisville to face the Cardinals at 4 at Ulmer Stadium. Lipscomb is 31-13 overall. Louisville is 25-13.
The Lady Bisons haven’t been concerned about who or where they have played this season.
“Louisville is a bigger name school and a quality program,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We have never played there. We played them here last year and split a doubleheader.
“It will be a really good test and a challenge and we are excited about that. We feel like we need to keep challenging this team to play better.”
This is a team that prefers to take a looser approach to game preparation and so far it has been working.
“We have to play loose and we know that,” Ryman said. ”We like it when they are laughing and happy during warmups. At the end of the day that is how this team needs to play.
“I think they know that about themselves. As coaches we have figured that out during the season. Some teams need to be disciplined and focused and quiet during warmups. This team likes to laugh and cut up. They aren’t unfocused. They are loose and they still come out and play well.”
The RPI report: For the second week in a row the Lady Bisons are 38th in the RPI, the highest rating for an ASUN Conference team. Louisville is rated 52.
In the ASUN Kennesaw State is 43rd. Also in the top 50 is USC Upstate at 45th.
North Florida is 83rd followed by Stetson (91), Florida Gulf Coast (118) and Jacksonville (137).
Jordan keeps on rolling: Mandy Jordan is the first ASUN Conference player to reach 20 wins this season. She is eighth in wins in the NCAA.
Also in the NCAA rankings Jordan is eighth in strikeouts (213), 20th in shutouts (six), 23rd in earned run average (1.21) and 34th in strikeouts per seven innings (8.3).
Overall in the conference she is first in innings pitched (180), first in strikeouts, first in batters struck out looking (53) and first in wins.
She is tied for first in games started with 26 and second in ERA.
In ASUN games only Jordan leads in virtually every category: 1.09 ERA, .185 opposing batting average, 57.2 innings pitched, 54 strikeouts and eight games started.
She is tied for first in wins with five. She is second in appearances with eight and tied for third in batters struck out looking with nine.
Going with the Plo: Caitlin Plocheck is 24th in the NCAA in doubles with 13. She is 28th in total bases with 92.
Overall in the ASUN Plocheck is second in home runs (nine) and total bases, tied for second in doubles, third in slugging percentage (.613), fifth in hits (52) and 11th in batting average (.347).
She is tied for second in ASUN games only with three home runs. She is second in total bases (25), fourth in slugging percentage (.610), tied for fourth in runs batted in (seven) and fifth in hits (13).
NCAA team ratings: As a team the Lady Bisons are 29th in earned run average (2.05), 33rd in fielding percentage (.971) and 33rd in won-loss percentage (.705).
The Lady Bisons are second in the ASUN in all three categories.
No doubt it’s Thomas: McCarley Thomas continues to set new career season totals with each outing of her senior season.
Overall in the ASUN she is fifth with a .230 opposing batting average, sixth with 105 batters struck out, sixth in batters struck out looking with 28, tied for eighth in wins with 10 and ninth with a 2.56 ERA.
In ASUN games only she is fifth in strikeouts (27), seventh in batters struck out looking (four), 10th in ERA (2.59), 11th in opposing batting average (.272) and 11th in innings pitched (27).
On the base paths: Three Lady Bisons have walked more than 20 times this season. Overall, Khayla Green is tied for third with 24 walks. Sarah Higgins is tied for fifth with 23 and Hannah DeVault is tied for seventh with 21.
In ASUN games only DeVault and Fenichel are tied for second with six. Green and Kasey Gibson are tied for seventh with four.
Peyton Ward is tied for ninth overall in stolen bases with 18. In ASUN games only Khayla Green is tied for seventh with four.
Next up: Lipscomb has a bye weekend in the ASUN. But Thursday night at 5 the Lady Bisons will host Chattanooga at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium in a single game.