“It's a game that's going to test you repeatedly. It's going to find your weaknesses and vulnerabilities and force you to adjust. That adversity, in the big picture, is a really good thing because it shows you where your weaknesses are. It gives you the opportunity to improve.”
- Theo Epstein. President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Theo Epstein was talking about baseball, but the same can be said for softball.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are 1-4 in their last five games heading into Wednesday’s 5 p.m. meeting with Tennessee Tech at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.
Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman agrees with Epstein. She thinks her team is better for having endured this past week.
“You have to overcome adversity in order to really grow,” Ryman said. “We were challenged in different ways in each game. When you are facing adversity you have to dig deeper.
“We didn’t do as well as we would have liked. But a lot of good came out of last week. I feel really good about where this team is.
The Lady Bisons, 20-12-1 overall, finished on a high note with a 7-2 win over Liberty in an ASUN contest Sunday. Tennessee Tech, 12-13, took two games at Morehead State Sunday in Ohio Valley Conference play.
SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH
- Tennessee Tech has three players batting higher than .300. Beth McCulley leads the team with a .440 average.
Raleigh Lewis is hitting .323. Sydney Love-Baker is batting .313. She leads the Golden Eagles with 23 RBI.
- Alyssa Arden is the leading pitcher with a 7-5 record and a 3.22 earned run average. She has struck out 60 batters in 76 innings.
- Lipscomb leads the series which began in 2001 15-12 overall. Lipscomb has won the last two games, 5-1 in Cookeville in 2018 and 7-2 in Nashville in 2017.
- Jordan Fortel is second in the ASUN with a .410 batting average. She is second in runs batted in with 27.
- Hannah DeVault’s 29 RBI are tops in the conference. She leads the Lady Bisons in doubles with 11 and home runs with six.
- Peyton Ward is first in the ASUN in stolen bases with 16.
- The Lady Bisons have stolen 56 bases this season.
- Mandy Jordan is tied for fourth in the ASUN in strikeouts with 96.
- The Lady Bisons have slammed 56 doubles this season, seven short of last year’s 63 for the entire season.
- Last year the Lady Bisons hit four triples. They already have surpassed that total with five this season.
The Lady Bisons continue their home stand Saturday and Sunday against ASUN foe North Florida.
Game times Saturday are at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday’s game starts at noon.