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Softball to open season with five games at Cowgirl Classic
Thursday, February 7, 2019
By Mark McGee
Softball to open season with five games at Cowgirl Classic

LAKE CHARLES, La. - The first game of a season offers its share of expectations and surprises.

Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman is looking for her team to be both energetic and resilient in their first outings, setting a trend for the season.

“We have talked about that a lot lately,” Ryman said. “I want us to be able to pride ourselves on our positive energy.

“I want us to be able to rebound from mistakes. That is what good teams do. They have to feel good to play a good game. We want them all to be a positive influence for each other right off the bat and to find ways to win.”

The Lady Bisons open the season Friday morning at the Cowgirl Classic hosted by McNeese State. Lipscomb faces Campbell, a former ASUN opponent, at 10 a.m. They will have little time to rest with a 12:30 game against Samford.

Ryman is hesitant to point to one area of the game she believes will carry the Lady Bisons. She rates her team as well-balanced in terms of skills with strong pitching and defense and batters who possess the skills to hit with consistency while also flexing their power hitting.

“I am excited to see them get on the field for their first game,” Ryman said. ‘They should be a fun team to watch.”

Lipscomb returns eight seniors. Ryman and assistant coaches Megan Rhodes Smith and J.J. Dillingham have been working on honing the leadership skills of the group.

“We have a battled-tested, veteran team,” Ryman said. “Not all of those eight seniors started with us but they have grown together.

“We have been coaching them to be better leaders, whatever the role we need them to play. We have worked with them to understand what a leader should look and act like.”

The eight don’t approach their leadership roles the same. Some are more vocal. Some prefer to lead by example and some find a balance between the two.

“They all have different strengths,” Ryman said. “It has been fun to watch them grow.”


Quick Pitches:

  • Lipscomb’s Jordan Fortel has been named to the inaugural Top 100 team by Softball America.
  • The Lady Bisons return their top four pitchers from 2018 - Mandy Jordan, Megan Gray, Chloe Yeager and Fortel.
  • Campbell is picked to finish fourth in the Big South Conference. Lipscomb has been tabbed to finish No. 4 in the ASUN.
  • The Camels feature 10 returning players and 11 new additions. Three of the new players are transfers.
  • Head coach Sharonda McDonald will be making her first appearance at the helm of Campbell.
  • Arkansas is ranked 14th nationally in preseason polls.
  • This will be the first meeting between Lipscomb and Arkansas in softball.
  • McNeese State has won 40 or more games each of the last two seasons. The Cowgirls have also advanced to the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons. They also finished first in the Southland Conference in each of those three seasons.
  • Samford is the only team Lipscomb will face that did not finish .500 or better last season. The SoCon team was 19-38.
  • Temperatures are expected to be in the 40-to-50-degree range throughout the weekend with only a slight possibility of rain.



The tournament continues through Sunday at Joe Miller Field. Lipscomb will be challenged by Arkansas, from the SEC, Saturday at 3 p.m. At 8 p.m. the Lady Bisons will face McNeese State.

Lipscomb closes out the weekend Sunday with an 11:30 a.m. game against McNeese State.