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April 19, 2014
With apologies to Lipscomb catcher Rena’ Cothron who wears the number, thirteen was not the lucky number for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
April 18, 2014
After a disappointing first game the Lady Bisons rallied strong in game two against Stetson Friday afternoon.
April 17, 2014
Kelsey Cartwright will be leading the Lady Bisons as they travel to Stetson to take on the Hatters Friday and Saturday.
April 15, 2014
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are 30th in this week’s NCAA Division I Softball RPI, the highest ranking in the history of the program.
April 13, 2014
Kelsey Cartwright slammed a double to deep center with two outs to score Paige Neely with the game-winning run in the eighth for a 2-1 win over Mercer.
April 12, 2014
The Lipscomb softball team walked away with two wins in a doubleheader at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Saturday.
April 11, 2014
The Lady Bisons will face Mercer in a three-game series this weekend, fighting for the third-place spot in the conference.
April 09, 2014
Lipscomb Athletics is excited to announce that the official dedication of Smith Stadium will take place on Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. or 15 minutes following game one of the Lady Bisons doubleheader with Mercer University.
April 08, 2014
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are back in the mix in Top 25 voting in one softball poll.
April 08, 2014
Lipscomb University’s Rena’ Cothron earned the Softball Player of the Week from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday March 30-April 5.
April 07, 2014
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons continue to make an appearance in the weekly NCAA Softball RPI rankings.
April 07, 2014
Cothron's spectacular performance this past weekend against ETSU moved her to the front of the line to receive the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week award.
April 06, 2014
Kelsey Cartwright's 3-run home run helped clinch a 4-2 win Sunday over ETSU to give Lipscomb its first A-Sun sweep of the year. The Lady Bisons improved to 31-9 overall and 11-6 in league play.
April 05, 2014
Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic Sun softball doubleheader at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Lipscomb combined for 19 runs and 18 hits including three home runs, two doubles and a triple. Rena' Cothron hit a grand slam in game two.
April 04, 2014
Paige Neely and the Lady Bisons look to steal victories over ETSU in its three-game weekend series.
April 02, 2014
Wednesday night in a doubleheader with UAB from Conference USA the Lady Bisons won the first game on a walk-off double by Brittany Elmore that drove in two runs for a 2-1 win. In game two Lipscomb lost 5-3.
April 01, 2014
They play in different conferences and different states but since 2010 the rivalry between the Lipscomb Lady Bisons and UAB Blazers has been a strong one.
March 31, 2014
The Lady Bisons one of three Atlantic Sun teams in the RPI top 40 this week, coming in at No. 35. Upstate is 21st and Stetson 23rd.
March 31, 2014
Brianne Welch describes the emotions surrounding the softball team after their disappointing weekend facing USC Upstate.
March 30, 2014
The Lady Bisons brought the heat to Upstate, but it was not hot enough to secure any wins against the Spartans.
March 28, 2014
The Lady Bisons enter the most anticipated series of the season on Saturday at USC Upstate. After falling short in the A-Sun Championship to the Spartans last season, Lipscomb will be out to climb closer to No. 1 in the standings.
March 28, 2014
A forecast of rain for Friday and Saturday have prompted schedule changes for the Atlantic Sun series between Lipscomb and USC Upstate.
March 26, 2014
Kelsey Cartwright led all hitters with three and also led in runs batted in with two as the Lipscomb Lady Bisons beat Memphis 3-1 in eight innings Wednesday night at the Tiger Softball Complex.
March 26, 2014
The Lady Bisons, 26-5 overall, are on the road Wednesday night at the Tiger Softball Complex at 5 p.m. for a single game at Memphis, 13-17. This weekend they travel to Spartanburg, S.C., for a key three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series.
March 24, 2014
Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman expected her team would be ranked pretty high in the first NCAA Division I RPI of the season, but she didn’t expect the Lady Bisons to be rated No. 30.
March 24, 2014
Junior softball outfielder Brianne Welch continues her blog about life on the road with the Lady Bisons. This installment talks about the series at KSU this past weekend and also the upcoming week's games.
March 23, 2014
The Lady Bisons stuck together, but could not turn their early lead into an overall victory.
March 23, 2014
More inclement weather has impacted Sunday's battle between Lipscomb and Kennesaw State.
March 22, 2014
Sweeping a softball doubleheader on the road is enough of a feat, but to put together back-to-back shutouts is a feat of almost epic proportions.
March 21, 2014
It has been said that talent often develops in quiet places. In the case of Lipscomb catcher Rena’ Cothron she has quietly developed her talent and is making a noticeable impact both at the plate and behind it.
March 20, 2014
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons were able to pack a win in their bags as they head south.They made a huge comeback against UT Chattanooga to claim another victory.
March 19, 2014
The Lady Bisons are set and ready for a challenge as they head out to take on UT Chattanooga Thursday night.
March 19, 2014
Kristen Sturdivant's recent performance has provided her with several honors and awards for the week.
March 18, 2014
The Lady Bisons are once again receiving recognition after picking up wins over JU last weekend. They received 11 votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll and 10 votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.
March 17, 2014
Lipscomb's Kristen Sturdivant was named Atlantic Sun Softball Player of the Week. The conference office announced the award Monday.
March 16, 2014
Persistent showers forced the cancellation of Sunday afternoon's contest between Lipscomb and Jacksonville. The series finale will not be made up this season.
March 16, 2014
Inclement weather in the Nashville area has forced a time change to Lipscomb's series finale against Jacksonville on Sunday. The teams will now play at 2:30 p.m.
March 15, 2014
Brianne Welch capped off a six-RBI performance with the first grand slam of her career in an 11-0 win for Softball over Jacksonville to complete a sweep of an Atlantic Sun doubleheader.
March 14, 2014
Brianne Welch fought an uphill battle to land playing time on the softball field thanks to hard work and a little help from her father.
March 12, 2014
Lipscomb University’s Kelsey Cartwright and Tennessee State’s Shea Morris earned the Softball Player of the Week honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association for her performances from March 3-9.
March 11, 2014
The Oakland A’s had the “Bash Brothers”, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire. The Lipscomb Lady Bisons have the “Smash Sisters” in Kelsey Cartwright and Kristen Sturdivant.
March 10, 2014
In a quick turnaround the Lady Bisons will be playing at Tennessee Tech Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Tennessee Tech, from the Ohio Valley Conference, is 8-15 this season. They beat Kent State 5-2 Sunday in the Georgia Tournament in Athens.
March 10, 2014
Leading the Lady Bisons to a series win over FGCU and a midweek sweep of Ohio, senior Kelsey Cartwright has been named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week. Cartwright hit .500 on the week with two home runs and six RBIs.
March 09, 2014
The Lady Bisons fought hard during the first two games against FGCU, but couldn't keep the heat alive in the final game, losing 5-3.
March 08, 2014
Two times Saturday the Lipscomb Lady Bisons beat Florida Gulf Coast in Atlantic Sun Conference action. In both victories the Lady Bisons did not clinch until the final inning at Smith Stadium at Draper Diamond.
March 07, 2014
Not worrying about things that you cannot control is a lesson that everyone could learn. For Lipscomb left-handed pitcher Ashley Anderson that message has been received this season. She lives it every time she goes to the circle.
March 05, 2014
The Lipscomb softball team used a power surge to beat Ohio University 9-4 and sweep a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Smith Stadium at Draper Diamond.
March 04, 2014
Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Ohio University visits for a doubleheader at Smith Stadium at Draper Diamond. Ohio University is 12-6 after losing its last five games. The Lady Bisons are 15-3 and winners of four of their last five outings.
March 04, 2014
Junior Brianne Welch continues her blog about life on the road with the Lipscomb softball team. This week's edition talks about the Lady Bisons travels to Jacksonville for the A-Sun opener with UNF.
March 03, 2014
Lipscomb left-hander Ashley Anderson allowed only four hits in 12 shutout innings in a pair of conference wins to claim Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week. It is her first A-Sun weekly award.
March 02, 2014
Lipscomb left-hander Ashley Anderson threw her second shutout in as many days to lead the Lady Bisons to a 7-0 win over North Florida at the UNF Softball Complex Sunday afternoon in the opening Atlantic Sun Conference series.
March 01, 2014
The Lady Bisons bounced back in the second game of a doubleheader with UNF on Saturday. Neely and Aguirre went yard in back-to-back at-bats to pace Lipscomb.
February 28, 2014
Neely hasn’t slowed down since that first pitch of the season. Heading into this weekend’s Atlantic Sun Conference opening series at North Florida she is batting a team-leading .423. She also leads the team in hits with 22, doubles with four and RBI with 16.
February 27, 2014
The Lipscomb softball team shut down Belmont 13-0 on a two-hitter by Tanner Sanders. Catcher Rena' Cothron led the Lady Bisons with three hits including one double.
February 26, 2014
Thursday afternoon Lipscomb will take a 12-2 pre-conference record into a single game matchup with Belmont, 5-6, in the softball version of “The Battle of the Boulevard”. The game is scheduled for 3:45 at Rose Park.
February 24, 2014
Originally scheduled as a doubleheader for Wednesday, the Lady Bisons and Belmont will now play a single game on Thursday at 3:45 p.m.
February 24, 2014
Junior Brianne Welch is starting a blog about life on the road with the Lipscomb softball team. This is her first installment as the Lady Bisons just wrapped up the Blues City Classic in Southaven, Miss.
February 23, 2014
The Lady Bisons got three hits from Brianne Welch, including a solo homerun, and defeated Murray State 7-2 to close out Lipscomb's performance in the Blues City Classic.
February 23, 2014
The Lady Bisons lost 7-2 to Missouri State Sunday afternoon in the Blues City Classic. Tanner Sanders recorded her first lost of the season.
February 22, 2014
The Lady Bisons bat around in the first inning to score seven runs before adding four more in the fifth. Heather Parker and Taylor Neuhart combine for the 11-0 shutout in the circle.
February 21, 2014
Senior left-hander Ashley Anderson threw five innings to pick up the win over Evansville and improve to 3-0 on the season. She struck out a career high 10 batters.
February 21, 2014
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons pounded a season-high 18 hits in a 9-2 win over Appalachian State Friday afternoon in the opening round of the Blues City Classic. Gracey Aguirre led the Lady Bisons with four hits, her personal season high.
February 20, 2014
The Lady Bisons went 4-1 last week against some of the heavy hitters in the nation in the Getterman Classic to improve to 8-1 on the year. This week they travel to the Blues City Classic where the target will be on their backs.
February 20, 2014
In addition to being named Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year this past week for her 3-0 performance, including two shutouts at the Getterman Classic at Baylor, Sanders has garnered some national notice as well.
February 19, 2014
The Lady Bisons are ranked 25th in the College Sports Madness Poll. They received 26 votes for inclusion in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll and 12 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll. The Lady Bisons, 8-1 this season.
February 17, 2014
College Sports Madness tabs Paige Neely the Atlantic Sun Softball Player of the Week after her stellar weekend on the diamond at the Getterman Classic. Neely finished the classic with a .467 average and 11 RBI.
February 17, 2014
Sanders, from Flintville, Tenn., garnered A-Sun Pitcher of the Week honors as she registered three wins including two shutouts, at the Getterman Classic hosted by Baylor in Waco, Texas. She was named to the All-Tournament team.
February 16, 2014
Make room for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons on the national stage. The polls won’t come out until Monday, but the Lady Bisons should be getting some level of national attention after starting 8-1 with victories over Baylor, Iowa and UAB.
February 15, 2014
After splitting Saturday with two top 25 teams the Lady Bisons stand 7-1, their best start to a season in the NCAA era. They started the day with an 8-0 loss in four innings to No. 16/18-ranked Missouri and finished with a 1-0 win over No. 14/16-rated Baylor, the host of the Getterman Classic.
February 15, 2014
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons win streak ended at six Saturday with an 8-0 loss to Missouri in the Getterman Classic. The Lady Bisons had three hits with Kelsey Cartwright, Mimi Cartwright and Brianne Welch connecting for singles.
February 14, 2014
Two solid pitching performances propelled the Lipscomb Lady Bisons to a pair of victories in the first day of the Getterman Classic at Baylor University. The wins give Lipscomb a 6-0 start to the 2014 campaign.
February 14, 2014
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons needed only five innings to get their first win in the Getterman Classic at Baylor University. The Lady Bisons defeated Iowa errors for a 10-0 win Friday morning.
February 13, 2014
The Lady Bisons, 4-0, are sure to find enough information to fill their notebooks this week. Starting Friday morning at 10 a.m. they will face Iowa (2-2) in the first game of the Getterman Classic at host Baylor University.
February 11, 2014
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons 4-0 start to the 2014 season has quickly garnered them some national attention. In the ESPN.com/U.S.A. Softball Collegiate Top 25 the Lady Bisons received two votes for inclusion.
February 09, 2014
In the closing game of the Music City Classic Sunday afternoon the Lady Bisons beat Butler 6-3 at Draper Diamond after edging Virginia Tech earlier in the day on walk-off homerun from Sturdivant. The Lady Bisons are 4-0 to start the season.
February 09, 2014
Kristen Sturdivant's solo homerun in the seventh inning lifted the Lady Bisons to a 3-0 record to start the season in the Music City Classic. They are back in action at 2:30 against Butler.
February 08, 2014
The Lady Bisons opened the softball season Saturday afternoon at a chilled Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium with an 11-7 win over Miami-Ohio. They closed out the day with a 10-2 win over Tennessee State that was called in the sixth inning due to the run-rule.
February 08, 2014
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons opened the 2014 softball season with an 11-7 win over Miami-Ohio Saturday at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The Lady Bisons close out tonight against Tennessee State.
February 07, 2014
Sub-freezing temps in the Nashville area have forced some more changes in the 2013 Music City Classic schedule. As a result, the Bisons will not take the field until Saturday afternoon.
February 06, 2014
The Lipscomb softball team has waited nine months for the next season to begin. Friday, that day will be here. Lipscomb will play its first game against Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. in the Music City Classic.
February 05, 2014
The unpredictability of the weather this weekend has forced a reshuffling of games for the Music City Classic. The revised schedule for Friday at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium on the Lipscomb campus opens with Detroit facing Miami (Ohio) at 11 a.m.
January 31, 2014
ipscomb sophomore Brittany Elmore continues to be recognized on preseason softball teams. Elmore has been named to the “College Sports Madness” Atlantic Sun Preseason First Team.
January 28, 2014
Sunday afternoon the Lipscomb Lady Bisons took advantage of temperatures in the high 50s for a scrimmage at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Coach Kristin Ryman liked what she saw overall.
January 27, 2014
Lipscomb sophomore Brittany Elmore has been named to the preseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference softball team. Elmore is coming off of an outstanding freshman season where she was honored as A-Sun Freshman of the Year.
December 11, 2013
There is no place like home, especially to start a season. The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team will be opening the 2014 season at Draper Diamond Feb. 7 as part of the Music City Classic, a tournament held in cooperation with Belmont. The Lady Bisons will face Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 to open the season.
December 05, 2013
The baseball and softball teams took time out of their busy schedules to host the 2014 Front Porch Ministry Christmas party. The event benefited 11 different moms in Nashville as the teams took kids from Front Porch Christmas shopping.
December 04, 2013
Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball coach Kristin Ryman has signed four new players who have the power. Their ability to not only hit a softball, but to hit it with authority, is one of the common threads that bring the four members of the 2014 recruiting class together.
October 12, 2013
The Lady Bisons closed out the fall with a split of a doubleheader with Middle Tennessee State Saturday afternoon at Draper Diamond. In eight innings in game one the Lady Bisons fell 6-5. They came back in the nightcap for a 4-0 shutout in seven innings.
October 11, 2013
The Lady Bisons close out their fall schedule Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. when Middle Tennessee State visits Draper Diamond. The Lady Bisons are 6-0 this fall with four victories by shutouts.
October 09, 2013
In 15 innings over more than five hours at Draper Diamond Wednesday night the Lipscomb Lady Bisons pounded out 19 hits and scored 17 runs in beating Trevecca Nazarene 9-0 and 8-0.
October 08, 2013
This fall Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball coach Kristin Ryman has been getting long looks at four pitchers. Returning to the mound for their senior seasons are Heather Parker and Ashley Anderson.
October 05, 2013
Saturday afternoon at Rose Park the Lady Bisons swept Belmont 5-3 and 5-2 in a doubleheader. The Lady Bisons remain undefeated this fall in four games, but more important than the victories is the opportunity for coach Kristin Ryman to evaluate her team.
October 04, 2013
The Lipscomb softball team travels the short distance to E.S. Rose Park to battle Belmont in a doubleheader Saturday. The first game begins at noon.
September 28, 2013
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team won twice on Saturday afternoon at Draper Diamond. In the opening doubleheader of the fall exhibition season, the Lady Bisons shut down Tennessee State 1-0 in game one and 6-0 in game two.
September 25, 2013
The Lipscomb softball team has a very versatile team this year. The Lady Bisons have several athletes who can play all over the diamond. Fans can see the squad in action this weekend with the beginning of fall ball.
September 24, 2013
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team is ranked 13th in the country by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in academics for the 2012-13 school year.
September 09, 2013
The Lipscomb softball team released their fall schedule today. It all begins for the Lady Bisons on Sept. 28 when they face Tennessee State in a doubleheader at Draper Diamond.
September 04, 2013
There are only 24 hours in a day, but don’t tell Christina “Christy” Grisham. The former Lipscomb softball player works a regular job, spends an average of four hours a day in preparation for the Miss Tennessee pageant and is also working on designing her own line of clothes.
July 15, 2013
Former University of Tennessee and David Lipscomb High School star Megan Rhodes Smith has been named assistant coach for the Lady Bisons to work with the pitching staff.
July 08, 2013
Mollie Mitchell, Lipscomb’s graduate assistant softball coach, went to the land of William Wallace in June for a mission trip.
June 10, 2013
Softball coach Kristin Ryman is set to host a pair of summer camps beginning with the Junior Bison Camp June 17-19 followed by the advanced skills camp July 15-16.