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Loss: Leonard (1-7) 4.0119810
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Wright (IUPUI) 201000
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Win: GRAY (4-3) 7.020001
Loss: Overton (3-6) 6.072212
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Softball to host Bowling Green, IUPUI for round robin weekend
Friday, March 16, 2018
By Mark McGee
Softball to host Bowling Green, IUPUI for round robin weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Caitlin Turner didn’t plan to be the lead-off hitter but it is a position in the lineup she appears to be uniquely equipped to successfully fill.

Heading into this weekend Turner is batting .342, the only Lipscomb player hitting .300 or above. She is tied for the team lead with Sarah Higgins in multiple-hits games and is second with three multiple-RBI games.

Turner’s four-game hitting streak is the longest current one for the Lady Bisons. Her 10-game hitting streak earlier in the season is the longest on the team overall.

“Caitlin is a spunky type of player,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “She plays the game hard. She has good plate coverage. She has the speed you want in a lead-off hitter.

“The moment is never too big for her. It is almost like she doesn’t have a concept, in a good way, of the type of scenario she is in with any at bat. She never seems to get too tense. That is a great characteristic for a lead-off hitter.”

Taking over the lead-off spot is a challenge for any player, even more so for a freshman. Turner found out where she was in the batting order the morning of the first game of the season.

It was a unanimous decision of the coaching staff to put Turner in the No. 1 spot.  She is also making the transition to the outfield after spending most of her career as an infielder. As a result of all of the adjustments Turner has gained the respect of her teammates as a team player willing to do whatever it takes to help the Lady Bisons.

Turner can hit away, slap or bunt in an effort to get on base. And when she does, she knows how to advance as the team leader in stolen bases with 10.

“Caitlin has been such a spark for us,” Ryman said. “We knew she had the capabilities of being a top of the order hitter, but she is a freshman and there was a question of how quick she was going to be able to work into that role.

“The biggest thing is she helps set the tone for us as well as anybody.  She is aggressive minded. She is. without a doubt, one of the hitters in our lineup who does the best job in figuring a pitcher out if she is having trouble early. It is very rare for her to go hitless an entire game.”

 

This weekend

It isn’t a tournament. It isn’t a doubleheader. It’s a round robin.

The Lady Bisons, winners of four of their last five games, have invited Bowling Green State and IUPUI to Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a series of games.

Saturday Lipscomb faces IUPUI at 1:30 p.m. followed by Bowling Green at 4. Sunday the Lady Bisons will play Bowling Green at 1:30 and end the weekend against IUPUI at 4. Bowling Green and IUPUI start it off at 11 a.m. Saturday.  The two will also play against each other again on Sunday at 11 a.m.

 

Scouting Bowling Green State

Bowling Green State, from the MAC, enters the weekend with a 13-9 record. Two hitters are closing in on the .400 mark. Kali Holcomb leads the team with a .391 batting average. Aspen Searle is hitting .390.

Holcomb is an offensive threat with 10 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games, driving in four runs twice.

Pitchers Meredith Miller and Brooke Parker have identical 6-4 records. Miller, with a 2.21 earned run average, has 88 strikeouts in 69.2 innings. Parker has a 2.96 ERA.

 

Scouting IUPUI

IUPUI, from the Horizon League, is 4-11 this season.

Three hitters are connecting on the .300 level. Mandy Dallas leads with a .350 average followed by Maddie Keeley at .318 and Haley Ginger at .304. Dallas leads the team with a seven-game hitting streak.

Megan Overton is the leading pitcher with a 2.53 ERA. She is 3-4.

 

QUICK HITS

  • Lipscomb’s Mandy Jordan is 10-0 with a .75 earned run average. She has 96 strikeouts in 74.1 innings. She leads the ASUN in ERA and is second in strikeouts and tied for second in wins.
  • Jordan Fortel has reached base in her last 10 games, her longest streak of the season.