NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the Texas Longhorns ask if they can visit your campus for a game, the answer is not going to be a “no”.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are coming off a four-game weekend in the Belmont Invitational and will spend the rest of the week in Virginia. But Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman is more than happy to roll out the welcome mat for the No. 11-ranked Longhorns (25-6) despite her team’s busy schedule.
“They are going to be an extremely tough opponent,” Ryman said. “It is a program we have a lot of respect for. We are excited to host them. It is a big game on our campus.
“We are going to go at it just like we would any other game. We are going to really try to attack from the get-go. I don’t think we are going to go in scared or nervous. It is going to be about how quickly we can make adjustments.”
Lipscomb (19-7-1) is unbeaten in 13 of its last 14 games. The Lady Bisons have won their last five.
Ryman points to many positives with the offense making consistent progress while the pitching and fielding have been sound.
“The sooner our team can make adjustments, the more I like our chances,” Ryman said. “I think that will be big.”
Ryman is aware few people are giving the Lady Bisons much of a chance for a win. She sees that as an advantage for her players.
“There is something freeing that comes from the lack of expectations,” Ryman said. “That can allow you to go out and play freely. We will go at it and we will see what happens.
“Any time you are playing a ranked opponent your goal is to win it, but you want to give yourself a chance to win. You do that by good pitching and good defense and finding a way for your offense to figure out things early.”
Texas is passing through after playing this past weekend in the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville.
“We don’t usually play on Mondays,” Ryman said. “Belmont really helped us by letting us play only four games in their invitational instead of five.
“It is really random how this game came about. It is a good opportunity.”
- Texas, from the Big 12, is 25-6 with a two-game winning streak entering Monday.
- The Longhorns finished the Tennessee Invitational Sunday with a 3-1 record. They swept BYU by scores of 14-0 and 3-0. After losing to No. 6/5 Tennessee 9-5, the Longhorns came back Sunday for a 2-0 win against the Vols.
- Texas has two players batting .400 or better with Janae Jefferson leading with a .457 average followed by Reagan Hathaway at .400.
- Six players are hitting higher than .300 – Miranda Elish (.373), Mary Iakopo (.366), Lauren Burke (.329), Kaitlyn Slack (.324). Kaitlyn Washington (.310) and Bekah Alcozer (.308). Shannon Rhodes is knocking on the door at .296.
- Shealyn O’Leary is the pitching leader with a 9-0 record and a 0.38 earned run average. Ariana Adams is 4-0 with a 1.79 ERA. Brooke Bolinger is 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA, and Elish has posed a 6-4 worksheet with a 2.07 ERA.
It is spring break and the Lady Bisons are on the road, but this trip to Virginia is all business.
Wednesday they play Virginia Tech in Blacksburg at 5 p.m.
Saturday they open ASUN play against Liberty in Lynchburg. Saturday’s games are at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday’s game starts at noon.