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Lady Bisons head to Chattanooga with a plan for more offense
Thursday, February 13, 2020
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons head to Chattanooga with a plan for more offense

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Pitching and defense were the big positives for the Lipscomb softball team during the opening weekend.

As they enter the Chattanooga Challenge Friday, Saturday and Sunday coach Kristin Ryman wants to add another positive to the mix – timely, consistent hitting.

“We have to find ways to be more comfortable at the plate,” Ryman said. “We have to find ways to put the ball in play.

“So much of what happens for us right now is momentum-based and that is good when things are going well. We want to create momentum for ourselves. We know we have the hitters. We just need to find a way to have a spark somewhere.”


Chattanooga Challenge

Marshall | Feb. 14, 10 a.m. | Live Stats

Ohio | Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m. | Live Stats

Bowling Green | Feb. 15, 10 a.m. | Live Stats

Western Kentucky | Feb. 15, 12:30 p.m. | Live Stats

Ohio | Feb. 16, 9 a.m. | Live Stats


The Lady Bisons open Friday at 10 a.m. against Marshall, 2-1, and close out the day with a 12:30 game against Ohio, 0-5.

Ryman knows many of her players were trying too hard to prove themselves as the Lady Bisons finished 2-1 to open the season at the Troy Classic.

“We talked about this with the team,” Ryman said. “There was some anxiousness and nerves. We have some girls starting who weren’t starting last year and they were anxious to prove they could do it.

“They worked so hard for this. Now that it is here they were pressing a little too hard. We have freshmen trying to find a way to stay in the lineup and we have transfers wanting to prove they belong.”

Ryman has no doubts about the hitting abilities of her players. She just wants them to make sure they aren’t trying too hard.

“We have to make sure there is a purpose in mind,” Ryman said. “We don’t want to just work hard. We want to work smart too.

“It is process – letting these early season jitters or whatever it may be to settle into place. I am confident in our hitters. We have seen our teams have slower or average offensive starts before and really get started after getting some more games under their belts.”

In the three games at the Troy Classic Lipscomb hitters combined for 28 strikeouts, two bases on balls and 11 hits. Only two batters, Caitlin Turner with a triple, and Presley Leebrick with a double, tagged extra base hits.

“We want to address our timing and our discipline,” Ryman said. “I think we were swinging and missing too much. Our walks to strikeouts ratio is nowhere close to where I want it to be.

“I truly believe we are better hitters than what we saw last weekend. I believe we can be more disciplined. When you are very disciplined at the plate and have a game plan you are calm and confident.”

Opponent facts:

  • Lipscomb, with a season-opening 3-2 win over Western Kentucky, 3-2, in the Troy Classic, has won the last eight meetings between the two teams and holds a 16-15 edge overall.
  • Bowling Green State, which is opening its season this weekend at Chattanooga, has lost three of four meetings with Lipscomb.
  • Marshall last played Lipscomb in 2017. Marshall is 3-1 against the Lady Bisons with wins in the last three games.