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Knowing how to win has been the theme for softball this season
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
By Mark McGee
Knowing how to win has been the theme for softball this season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A look at the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball stats shows one thing that goes beyond the numbers – any player on the team is capable of finding a way to win and most of them have contributed at different times.

“We are not out there putting up seven-plus runs against everybody,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We are not dominating anybody. We are just finding ways to win in a lot of different ways.

“There is something to be said for a team that knows how to win a close game… a team that never thinks it is out of a game…and can find ways to win at different times. That speaks a lot to the mentality and character of our players.”

The Lady Bisons, 32-13, will face Chattanooga, 12-31, at 5 p.m. at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a single game Thursday. The Mocs lead the series 6-3.

“There have been games where our pitching has carried us,” Ryman said. “There have been games where our pitching and defense have kept us in games and we have found ways to score one or two runs and win.

“There have been other games where our pitching hasn’t been quite as sharp and offensively we have been able to score runs and string hits together. It is a team that relies on everybody.”

The Lady Bisons are coming off a 4-1 win Tuesday night in eight innings at Louisville.  Chattanooga lost 8-0 at home Wednesday night.

A look at the stats show three players batting higher than .300. Caitlin Plocheck leads at .357 followed by Kasey Gibson at .327 and Destinee Brewer at .309.

Six players, paced by Plocheck with nine, have hit two or more home runs. Seven players, again with Plocheck at the top with 29, are in double figures in runs batted in. Brewer, with nine, is one away from joining the club.

“There are not that many of our players who statistically look dominating on paper,” Ryman said. “We don’t need one or two that are dominating or five or six that are dominating. We need a team that knows how to win.

“We have relied on different people in the lineup all year. We have RBI up and down the lineup. Only a couple of our players have not hit a home run. Our on-base percentages are well-ahead of where they were last year. We are much more disciplined at the plate.”

Next up: The Lady Bisons will enjoy a weekend off from ASUN Conference play this weekend. They return to the field Tuesday night for softball version of the “Battle of the Boulevard” at 5 p.m. against Belmont for a single game at Rose Park.