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Softball returns home for Purple and Gold Challenge
Thursday, February 28, 2019
By Mark McGee
Softball returns home for Purple and Gold Challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s always nice to be home, but Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman doesn’t want her players to be too comfortable this weekend.

“I think at times there is a comfort level that can set in at home,” Ryman said. “That can sometimes be a negative. You can have the tendency to just roll out and treat it like a fall game because that is the last time we played at home in an actual game.”

The Lady Bisons are at home for the first time this season as hosts of the Purple and Gold Challenge at Draper Diamond. Originally scheduled as a three-day event, the games will be played on Friday and Saturday only due to weather concerns.

Lipscomb, 8-6-1, opens at 3 p.m. Friday against Appalachian State, 8-3, from the Sun Belt Conference. At 5:30 the Lady Bisons will play Eastern Illinois, 3-11, from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Saturday the Lady Bisons will face Miami (Ohio), 6-4, from the MAC at 12:30. At 3 they have a rematch with Eastern Illinois.

“To play in front of a home crowd for the first time this year is fun,” Ryman said. “Everybody always talks about home field advantage and I think we have that.”

The Lady Bisons have spent the previous three weeks on the road, which is typically the way they start the season. This week has given them a chance to recover from the wear-and-tear of the schedule.

“It’s big and exciting to be back home,” Ryman said. “We have done some really good things the last three weeks on the road, but once you have done that the tiredness starts to set in. This is a four-game weekend instead of a five-game one.

“This has been a nice week to not have to jump on a bus or plane on Thursday. We have had one extra practice day to work on some things. There are a lot of positives about being back home.”


The Teams

Appalachian State: The Mountaineers bring a team-record seven-game winning streak into the Purple and Gold Challenge after defeating Marshall 2-1 Sunday.

Keri White leads the team in hitting with a .432 average. She has one double, one triple and one home run. Alison Durrence leads the team with 14 runs batted in.

In the circle Sydney Holland is 5-3 with a 1.64 earned run average. Kenzie Longanecker is 6-5 with a 2.28 ERA.

Lipscomb leads the all-time series 2-1. The last time the two teams met was 2014.

Eastern Illinois: The Panthers will be seeking to break an eight-game losing streak. They have three players batting above .300. Megan Burton and Breya Cooper are tied for the lead with .333 averages. Burton has five doubles, one triple and one home run. Cooper has hit four doubles and two home runs and leads the team with 10 RBI.

Valerie Thompson leads the team with a 2-2 pitching record. She has posted a 6.33 ERA. She leads with nine appearances, all but one in relief.

Lipscomb leads the all-time series 3-1. The last meeting was 2017.

Miami (Ohio): The RedHawks have not played since Feb. 17, a 5-2 win over Utah Valley in Las Vegas.

Five players are batting over .300 led by Ashton Slone with a .417 average. Johniann Wahl is batting .393. She and Slone are tied for the RBI lead with six each.

Brianne Pratt has a 3-2 record and a 4.20 ERA. She has struck out 32 and walked 11.

Lipscomb leads the overall series 3-0. The two teams have not played since 2016.