Monday, February 25, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Brittany Elmore is already a triple threat at the plate for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons 13 games into her freshman season.
LU coach Kristin Ryman is not surprised that Elmore has made such a quick impact.
“Brittany can hit away as well as be slap hitter and drop bunts,” Ryman said. “That is rare to find someone who does all three well.
“She came in doing all three pretty well. Usually in high school a hitter can do two of the three and learns the third one in college.”
Elmore, batting in the lead-off spot, leads the team with a .341 batting average. She has scored 11 runs and stolen eight bases.
“She has a really good head for reading defenses and reading situations,” Ryman said. “She is doing a good job of using all of the tools she has depending on the situation.
“She is a left-handed hitter with great bat control. She is someone who can advance a runner. She can drive a runner in. She can find ways to get on base. She is dangerous at the plate because she can do so many things.
Despite playing in her first collegiate season Elmore displays an air of confidence at the plate.
“Brittany is a gamer,” Ryman said. “You see a different demeanor when she is in a game.
“She really loves being at the top of the batting order. It is a position she is comfortable in. She has been up there throughout her career. She knows what to expect being in that role.”
Elmore starts in right field. She is also one of the fastest players on the team which helps both offensively and defensively.
“She runs well,” Ryman said. “She has a strong arm. She can fill infield needs or outfield needs. It is very unique and rare to have that type of player. She has been a player who throughout her career has been able to fill multiple needs defensively.
“She takes long strides. She covers so much ground in the outfield. And with her arm she is a really great fit in right field.”
Also batting over .300 for the Lady Bisons are Kelsey Cartwright with a .333 average and 12 runs batted in, Mickey Bell at .313 and Haley Elliott at .310.
Tuesday afternoon at 4 the Lady Bisons face their biggest challenge of the season when they head east to play a single game against the No. 4-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols. The Purple and Gold, 7-6, will be putting a three-game winning streak on the line at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The Lady Vols are 13-2.
The Lady Vols hold a 7-0 record against LU all-time. The last time the two teams met was March 25th, 2008, when the Lady Vols swept a doubleheader by scores of 4-1 and 8-0 in five innings.
“Tennessee is the big team in-state,” Ryman said. “They have traditionally been good. They have a lot of pride in their softball. They are always in the postseason. They are the standard that the rest of the teams in the state are shooting for.
“They are a great hitting team. But we are confident with what we have with our group. We know we can’t make many mistakes. I think we have the ability to hang with them and make it a really good game. It is going to be an exciting atmosphere.”
The Lady Bisons play their first home game of the season Wednesday at 2 p.m. when Wright State visits Draper Diamond for a single game.
This weekend the Lady Bisons will host the Purple-and-Gold Challenge. They play Texas-El Paso at 4:15 Friday. Saturday they will face IPFW at 3:30 and Texas-El Paso at 5:45. They will close out the challenge Sunday at 2:15 p.m. against Tennessee Tech.