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Lady Bisons home against North Florida for ASUN series
Thursday, March 28, 2019
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons home against North Florida for ASUN series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are playing their own brand of “Moneyball”.

One of the characteristics of the “Moneyball” approach is drawing walks.

The Lady Bisons have walked 131 times this season led by Khayla Green with 26. The Lady Bisons have struck out 152 times. Their on-base percentage is .374.

“Our walk-to-strikeout ratio is so much better than it has been in the past,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We are just doing a better job with our plate discipline.

“I have been really impressed, top to bottom, with what our hitters have done this year. They are doing a lot of what we want them to do right now and it is putting us into good spots.”

This is the first home ASUN series of the season for the Lady Bisons, 21-11-1. The North Florida Ospreys are 19-10, 2-1 in the conference.

Game times for Saturday at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium have been changed due to predictions of strong storms. The first game will be played at 11 a.m. with the next one following at approximately 1 p.m.

Several players have been leading the way with many already surpassing their numbers for the entire 2018 season.

Hannah DeVault has 11 doubles and six home runs and has more than doubled her 2018 total with 29 runs batted in this season. She had eight doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI last season.

Jordan Fortel has 43 hits, nine doubles, two triples and 29 RBI this season. She finished 2018 with 44 hits, six doubles and 23 RBI. She did not have a triple.

Destinee Brewer has 19 hits to already equal her 2018 total. She has four doubles after not hitting one last season. Her nine-RBI total is two more than last season.

Every total for Jenna Pealor is a career season high with 33 games played, 23 hits, seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and 14 RBI.

Graysen Gladden has driven in 13 runs compared to 12 in 2018. She is one short of tying her 2018 season totals with 26 hits and two triples.

“It’s just neat to see when you go another year forward with a lot of the same kids to see them really producing,” Ryman said. “It is exciting for me as a coach. It is very fulfilling for me as a coach.”

 

SCOUTING NORTH FLORIDA

  • The Ospreys opened the ASUN portion of the season at North Alabama.
  • Six players are batting higher than .300 led by Dominica Cocuzza with a .440 average. Navia Penrod is batting.374 followed by Megan Woodson (.333), Taylor Engman (.311), Katelin Davis (.303) and Tiffany Lower (.301).
  • Cocuzza leads the team in several categories including hits (37), doubles (seven), triples (two), home runs (four) and RBI (26).
  • Sydney Matzko lead the pitchers with a 9-5 record and 1.99 earned run average. Morgan Blourne is 7-3 with a 2.91 ERA.

 

QUICK HITS

  • The Lady Bisons lead the overall series 20-13.
  • Lipscomb entered the week ranked No. 60 in the NCAA Division I RPI, the highest ranking for an ASUN team. North Florida is rated 71. Other ASUN teams in the top 100 are FGCU (65), Liberty (82) and North Alabama (99).
  • Mandy Jordan is four strikeouts away from reaching 100 for the season.

 

NEXT

The series with North Florida continues Sunday with a single game starting at noon.

The Lady Bisons are back on the road Tuesday to face Louisville at 4 p.m.