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Win: JORDAN (15-7) 7.020014
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Lady Bisons challenging for ASUN regular season title
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons challenging for ASUN regular season title

FORT MYERS, Fla. – So much is at stake. So much must go right.

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons and FGCU Eagles meet Thursday and Friday tied at 13-4 for the ASUN Conference lead.

First and second place seeds are on the line for next week’s conference tournament. Both seeds earn first round byes. But two or more losses by either team would mean a fall to third place. Liberty, which has finished its conference season, sits in third at 16-5.

Lipscomb has won 14 of its last 15 games, including the last seven in a row. FGCU lost to Stetson 3-2 in 10 innings the last time out.

“It’s a big  weekend,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “It is vital because of where we are right now, but at the same time if you replay the whole season every weekend is vital.’

Due to graduation schedules the two teams will meet Thursday night at 4 and 6 for a doubleheader at the FGCU Softball Complex. Friday the series finale is scheduled for noon.

“I love how we have been attacking,” Ryman said. “I love how we have been making adjustments. We have hit the ball well.

“We are getting  contributions from everyone top  to bottom. We are just a very dynamic offense. We can beat people with speed, base  running  and single them to death. Or we can beat people with power.”

Lipscomb, 35-13-1, enters the series with an RPI ranking of 48th, the highest of any ASUN team. Liberty is 57th and FGCU is 66th with a 28-17 overall record. They are the only three conference teams ranked in the top 100.

The Lady Bisons lead the ASUN in batting average (.286) slugging  percentage (.431), on-base percentage (.383), runs batted in (220), runs scored (262), stolen bases (96) and walks (96). They are second in home runs with 29.

“I don’t think we have to go into this weekend doing anything more than what we have been doing,” Ryman said. “If we do that, I like  our chances.

“Gulf Coast is a very good team. They pitch extremely well with a veteran, Riley Randolph, leading the staff. She is a seasoned pitcher who knows how to win games for them.

“Marissa Mesiemore has really come on strong this year. She has been having a great year as well.”

Scouting FGCU

  • The Eagles are 28-17 overall, 13-10 at home.
  • Randolph is tied for second in the ASUN in wins with 17 and is second in strikeouts with 202. She is 17-7 overall with a 1.12 earned run average, also second in the conference.
  • Mesiemore, 10-5, is fifth in the ASUN with a 1.70 ERA.
  • Kate Kelly is batting .375, third best in the ASUN.
  • Haley Morrell leads the team in home runs with five. Racquel Fournet is tops in runs batted in with 28.

Quick Hits

  • Lipscomb leads the overall series 16-14.
  • As a team the Lady Bisons are 10th in NCAA Division I in doubles per game with 1.71 and 16th in stolen bases per game with 1.96.
  • Hannah DeVault is third in doubles nationally with 20 and ninth in doubles per game with .41.
  • DeVault leads Lipscomb in batting average (.342), doubles (20), home runs (nine), RBI (48), slugging percentage (.664) and on-base percentage (.449).
  • DeVault is first in the conference in RBI. Jordan Fortel is tied for third with 34.
  • Peyton Ward is 37th nationally in stolen bases with 26. She leads the ASUN. Graysen Gladden is fourth with 19.
  • DeVault and Fortel each have .342 batting averages to lead the team.
  • Mandy Jordan is tied for third in the ASUN in wins with 14. She is second in saves with three.


The Lady Bisons and FGCU will both close out the regular season Friday at noon.

The ASUN Tournament is scheduled to start May 10 at FGCU with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.