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June 16, 2010
The Lady Bisons softball team has been rated in the top 40 in the country in the final polls. Coach Kristin Ryman is pleased with the recognition, but stresses that the program can do even more.
June 02, 2010
Pitcher Whitney Kiihnl was named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division All-American Team. Kiihnl was named to the third team. It is the first time a Lipscomb player has earned NCAA All-American honors.
May 26, 2010
Lipscomb senior infielder Kellie Sirus was named a First Team selection to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Softball Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
May 23, 2010
Senior center fielder Lauren Dortwegt was the sparkplug for the Lady Bisons this season hitting in the lead-off spot and playing flawlessly in center field. She was one of six seniors who played their last game for the Lady Bisons Sunday in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional.
May 23, 2010
The Lady Bisons closed out a historical softball season with a 6-0 loss to top-seeded Alabama Sunday afternoon on the Tuscaloosa NCAA Regional Final at the Alabama Softball Complex.
May 23, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will have to overcome fatigue, heat in the high 90s and the No.1-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide if they are going to continue their record-breaking season.
May 22, 2010
Caroline Mason's two-out ground ball single down the left field line scored Mollie Mitchell with the game-winning run in the ninth inning in a 7-6 extra innings win over UAB Saturday night. (updated story).
May 22, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons fell 5-2 to the top-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Lady Bisons will play the winner of a game between Alcorn State and UAB at approximately 6:30 p.m.
May 21, 2010
Mackenzie Tucker didn't win any postseason honors, but the junior left fielder has been one of the brightest stars in postseason for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons. Saturday afternoon in a 4-1 win over UAB in the first game of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Tucker led all batters with three hits.
May 21, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons calmed their nerves with a quick offensive start on the way to a 4-1 win over UAB in the NCAA Regional Friday afternoon at the Alabama Sports Complex in Tuscaloosa.
May 21, 2010
Sophomore Mollie Mitchell , a First Team A-Sun All-Conference selection, deals with the different personalities and the different pitching styles of the top three pitchers on the Lipscomb Lady Bisons' staff.
May 20, 2010
The Lady Bisons are not looking for any special heroics during the NCAA Regional Tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunfday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. While the stakes are higher this weekend in the NCAA Tournament the Lady Bisons don't plan to change thier approach to the game.
May 17, 2010
Mackenzie Tucker doesn't have eye-popping numbers, but she has become one of the most consistent players for the Lady Bisons both in left field and at the plate.
May 16, 2010
A large group of Lipscomb sports fans joined the Lady Bisons softball team Sunday night for a selection show party. The Lady Bisons will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend. They will face UAB Friday. Alabama is the host.
May 15, 2010
In the least surprising event of the day Lipscomb senior first baseman Kellie Sirus was named Atlantic Sun Tournament Most Valuable Player. She joined sophomore pitcher Whitney Kiihnl on the All-Tournament Team.

May 15, 2010
The Lady Bisons won their first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship with an 11-0 win over USC Upstate Saturday afternoon in DeLand, Fla. Lipscomb receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Softball Tournament.
May 14, 2010
The Lady Bisons beat Stetson 6-1 Friday night to move to within on game of the Atlantic Sun title. Alaina Jacobson earned the win with a complete game two-hitter. Lipscomb plays USC Upstate Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
May 14, 2010
Not even the space shuttle launch, which crossed over Patricia Wilson Field in the seventh inning, could upstage the Lady Bisons 8-0 win over Kennesaw State. The Lady Bisons will face Stetson, 2-0, at 5 today. Stetson is the tournament host.
May 13, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will have to fight their way out of the loser's bracket in the Atlantic Sun Tournament after losing to USC Upstate 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh Thursday night at Patricia Wilson Field at Stetson University.
May 13, 2010
Kellie Sirus drove in two runs on two hits, including her 13th home run of the season, and Whitney Kiihnl struck out 14 as the Lady Bisons beat Campbell 4-1 in the opening round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament Thursday morning.
May 13, 2010
The Lady Bisons aren't just happy to be in the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the fourth season in a row and the fifth time in six seasons. They want to be posing with tne the tournament championship trophy Saturday.
May 12, 2010
Sophomore right-hander Whitney Kiihnl is the A-Sun Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. She is also the key for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons as they play for the A-Sun Tournament championship starting Thursday in DeLand, Fla.
May 12, 2010
Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman knows being No. 1 is no guarantee of success. Seeding means little in postseason play as the Lady Bisons prepare to face No. 6-seeded Campbell, the two-time defending tournament champion.
May 11, 2010
Sophomore pitcher Whitney Kiihnl was named conference Player of the Year and was the unanimous choice as conference Pitcher of the Year by a vote of A-Sun coaches and sports information directors.
May 08, 2010
It will be brunch at Stetson Thursday as the Lipscomb Lady Bisons open the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament with a 10 a.m. game with Campbell. The Lady Bisons, 44-10, 18-2, are the top seed. Campbell, 23-29-1, 10-10, is the No. 6 seed.
May 06, 2010
Lipscomb Lady Bison softball players Kellie Sirus and Lauren Dortwegt have been selected as District IV All-Academic First Team selections by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and ESPN the Magazine.
May 06, 2010
The Lady Bisons swept Middle Tennessee 7-4 and 4-0 Thursday night at Draper Diamond to end the regular season on a high note. The shutout was the 27th of the season for the Lady Bisons.
May 05, 2010
Six seniors _ infielders Kellie Sirus and Abby Keese, outfielder Lauren Dortwegt, infielder-pitcher Christen Campbell and pitchers Christy Grisham and Alaina Jacobson _ will play their last college games at Draper Diamond Thursday against Middle Tennessee State.
May 03, 2010
Lipscomb's Mollie Mitchell recorded her third Atlantic Sun Softball Player of the Week award and second on the season after batting .800 for the week (4-for-5), with one home run and five RBIs.
April 28, 2010
The Lady Bisons ended the Atlantic Sun portion of the regular season on a high note as they pounded out 27 hits and scored 28 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Belmont Wednesday afternoon at Aquinas Field.
April 27, 2010
Heading into Wednesday's 1 p.m. doubleheader with Belmont at Aquinas Field, Courtney Billington leads the conference with a .429 batting average in A-Sun games only. She is second in the conference in overall batting with a .368 average.
April 27, 2010
Due to the strong chance of rain Tuesday afternoon, the softball series at Belmont has been pushed back to Wednesday. The doubleheader will start at 1 p.m. at Aquinas Field.
April 26, 2010
Lipscomb's Mollie Mitchell recorded her second Atlantic Sun Softball Player of the Week award, batting .538 (7-12) with two home runs and three RBIs, while fellow teammate Whitney Kiihnl tallied a perfect 3-0 record on the week, including a no-hitter and winning both games of a doubleheader at Campbell to clinch the Lady Bisons the regular season title.<
April 24, 2010
The Lady Bisons doubleheader sweep of Campbell Saturday afternoon, combined with a loss by Kennesaw State to Stetson, guaranteed Lipscomb's Atlantic Sun regular season championship, their first since 2008.
April 21, 2010
Sophomore Whitney Kiihnl has five no-hitters, 25 wins, 11 shutouts, 262 strikeouts in 174 innings and an earned run average of 0.60. So when Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman mentions Kiihnl and the word “potential” in the same sentence it is more than a little surprising to the ear.
April 20, 2010
Mollie Mitchell hit two home runs, but Lipscomb could not overcome their deficit against UAB, losing 7-5 in game two of a doubleheader. The Lady Bisons won the first game 1-0 for their 24th shutout of the season as Whitney Kiihnl pitched her fifth no-hitter.
April 20, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons continue to receive votes for the top 25 in national polls this week after going unbeaten in four games this weekend. They face UAB Wednesday afternoon at 3. Both are in the top 40 in RPI ratings.
April 17, 2010
The Lady Bisons used two solid pitching performances to sweep Florida Gulf Coast 4-1 and 6-0 Saturday. Whitney Kiihnl struck out an individual season-high 17 batters in game one. Alaina Jacobson threw her third shutout of the season in game two.
April 16, 2010
Home runs from Kellie Sirus, Abby Keese and Courtney Billington and strong pitching from Whitney Kiihnl and Christen Campbell sparked the Lady Bisons to a sweep of Stetson Friday night by scores of 5-0 and 1-0 at Draper Diamond.
April 15, 2010
The Lady Bisons, led by Whitney Kiihnl, have one of the best pitching staffs in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Lady Bisons will be challenged on all fronts this weekend when Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast visit Draper Diamond.
April 10, 2010
The Lady Bisons split a doubleheader with Kennesaw State Saturday winning game one 6-1 and losing game two 5-3. Kellie Sirus drove in four runs, with three in game and one in game two.
April 09, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons opened their weekend trip to Georgia with a 2-1 win at Mercer in Macon Friday evening, but lost their first Atlantic Sun game of the season 3-1 in the nightcap.
April 08, 2010
Every weekend is a tough one in the Atlantic Sun, but the Lipscomb Lady Bisons are facing two strong tests this weekend as they visit Mercer Friday and Kennesaw State Saturday.
April 07, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons slammed five home runs, including two by Abby Keese, in a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee State Wednesday night at Draper Diamond. The Lady Bisons won game one 11-2 and game two 3-0.
April 06, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are back in the top 25 in one national poll as they head into Wednesday's doubleheader with Tennessee State from the Ohio Valley Conference. The first pitch is at 4 p.m.
April 05, 2010
Lipscomb's Whitney Kiihnl tallied her fifth career A-Sun Softball Pitcher of the Week honor and fourth on the season after recording three shutouts against UNF, Jacksonville and Western Kentucky this past week.
April 03, 2010
The Lady Bisons took on North Florida in a double header Saturday in Florida and stayed perfect in the Atlantic Sun with 3-0 and 14-1 wins against the Ospreys.
April 03, 2010
The Lady Bisons traveled to Florida to continue conquering the Atlantic Sun conference and did just that with two wins over Jacksonville, 4-0 and 7-0.
April 01, 2010
The dreaded sophomore slump appears to be staying away from the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team. The sophomore class, particularly Courtney Billington, Whitney Kiihnl and Mollie Mitchell, is also making a big impact.
March 30, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons recorded their 16th shutout of the season Tuesday night, stopping Western Kentucky 4-0 in Bowling Green in a single game against the Sun Belt team.
March 27, 2010
Lipscomb pitcher Whitney Kiihnl outdueled USC Upstate's Morgan Childers in a battle of two of the top pitchers in both the Atlantic Sun and NCAA Division I. The Lady Bisons prevailed 4-0 for Kiihnl's seventh shutout of the season. In game two the Lady Bisons won 6-1 behind the pitching of Christen Campbell.
March 26, 2010
Lipscomb Lady Bisons pitcher Whitney Kiihnl pitched her fourth no-hitter of the season and came within two outs of her second perfect game in 5-0 win over ETSU in game one at Draper Diamond Friday night. In the nightcap the Lady Bisons needed eight innings to win 2-1 on a single to left by Mollie Mitchell.
March 25, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will play their first Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheaders of the season. ETSU visits Friday at 4 p.m. USC Upstate will be on campus Saturday at 2. The doubleheader with ETSU is also being billed as “Strike Out Cancer” day. Admission is free. The first 100 fans will receive a free T-shirt.
March 24, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons had some fun in the sun in Hawaii, but they also learned some serious softball lessons they hope will pay dividends for the rest of the season. They open Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend with ETSU on Friday and USC Upstate Saturday at Draper Diamond.
March 20, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons carried a 4-3 lead into the seventh inning, but gave up two runs in the seventh to host Hawaii to close out the Spring Fling in Honolulu with a 5-4 loss Saturday afternoon.
March 19, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons have only one game left in the Hawaii Spring Fling. They lost for the second time in three outings against No.12-rated California Friday night. They close out the tournament against Hawaii Saturday.
March 18, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons were shut down 3-0 by No.12-ranked California and 8-0 in five innings by host Hawaii Thursday night in the Hawaii Spring Fling in Honolulu. The Lady Bisons are 1-3 in the tournament with two games left to play.
March 18, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons shut down No. 12-ranked California-Berkeley 1-0 Wednesday evening in the first round of the Hawaii Spring Fling in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lipscomb lost 3-0 to Hawaii in the nightcap.
March 16, 2010
It may be known as paradise, but the Lipscomb Lady Bisons are going to face two of their biggest challenges of the season this week in Hawaii with multiple games with No. 12-ranked Cal-Berkeley and Hawaii.
March 16, 2010
The Lady Bisons are continuing to get national recognition despite a loss last week to Evansville in doubleheader. only their second defeat in 21 games. The Lady Bisons are in Hawaii this week for the Hawaii Spring Fling at the University of Hawaii.
March 15, 2010
Lipscomb's Whitney Kiihnl threw her third no-hitter of the season against Evansville Thursday and added a shutout win and a save at Tennessee Tech Tuesday to earn Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week honors for the third week in a row.
March 11, 2010
Sophomore right-hander Whitney Kiihnl pitched her third no-hitter and fifth shutout of the season. But in game two the Lady Bisons lost a home run battle 6-4 Thursday night at Draper Diamond.
March 10, 2010
Due to possible inclement weather coach Kristin Ryman has rescheduled the starting times for Thursday's doubleheader with Evansville at Draper Diamond. Game times will be at 4 and 6 p.m.
March 09, 2010
The Lady Bisons are getting more and more attention from national polls in softball. They are 18-1 and have won their last 16 games.
March 09, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons continue to pile up both the wins and shutouts, beating Tennessee Tech 5-0 in game one and 2-1 in the nightcap in Cookeville. The Lady Bisons have won 18 games, 11 by shutouts.
March 08, 2010
Lipscomb's Abby Keese claimed A-Sun Softball Player of the Week accolades, while Whitney Kiihnl earned her second A-Sun Softball Pitcher of the Week honor after their performances during the inaugural Lady Bisons Classic.
March 07, 2010
The Lady Bisons closed out the inaugural Lady Bisons Classic at Draper Diamond with an 8-0 win over Evansville Sunday afternoon. The Lady Bisons are 16-1 and have won their last 14 straight games. This was the 10th shutout of the season for the Lady Bisons.
March 06, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons ended the second day of the Lady Bisons Classic with a 9-2 win over Murray State Saturday night. The Lady Bisons close out the tournament at 2 p.m. Sunday against Evansville.
March 06, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 5-2 win over Eastern Kentucky Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Lady Bisons Classic at Draper Diamond.
March 05, 2010
Whitney Kiihnl pitched her second no-hitter of the season as the Lipscomb Lady Bisons shut down Murray State Friday afternoon at Draper Diamond. It was the first home game of the season and the first game of the Lady Bisons Classic.
March 04, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons 12-1 start has attracted the attention of coaches voting in the various softball polls. The Lady Bisons got votes for two polls, but not enough to break into the top 25.
March 01, 2010
Lipscomb's Kellie Sirus claimed A-Sun Softball Player of the Week accolades after her performance during the Frost Classic, while Lipscomb's Whitney Kiihnl earned A-Sun Softball Pitcher of the Week honors after pitching a perfect game against Austin Peay and throwing 18.1 scoreless innings. She also beat Kentucky and Kansas Saturday.
February 28, 2010
Alaina Jacobson held Georgetown to one hit and Christen Campbell provided the only offense of the day with a two-run home run in the second inning to give Lipscomb the 2-0 win and a clean sweep of the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn.
February 27, 2010
Lipscomb shut down Kentucky 3-0 Saturday in the second round of the Frost Classic behind the two-hit pitching of Whitney Kiihnl and a pair of RBI doubles from Kellie Sirus. In the 2nd game Kiihnl came back and held Kansas to one hit in a 7-3 win.
February 26, 2010
Sophomore pitcher Whitney Kiihnl threw a perfect game Friday afternoon against Austin Peay in a 15-0 win at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. It is the first perfect game in the NCAA era for the Lady Bisons softball team.
February 25, 2010
The Lady Bisons are in Chattanooga Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Frost Classic, their third tournament of the season. Coach Kristin Ryman is still moving players around trying to find the best and most consistent mix.
February 21, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons beat host Georgia Southern 4-0 Sunday afternoon in Statesboro, Ga., to win the championship in the Eagle Classic.
February 20, 2010
The Lady Bisons scored 30 runs in two games in day two of the Eagle Classic in Statesboro, Ga., Saturday. They beat host Georgia Southern 10-0 in game one and then shut down Oakland 20-0. They will play in the championship game Sunday.
February 19, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons opened the first day of the Eagle Classic in Statesboro, Ga., Friday with an 8-0 win over Oakland and a 5-4 victory against Binghamton. The Lady Bisons play host Georgia Southern Saturday at 11 a.m.
February 18, 2010
The Lady Bisons will be paying closer attention to details as they compete this weekend in the Eagle Classic hosted by Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga.
February 15, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team will not play Alabama-Birmingham Tuesday. The doubleheader at Draper Diamond was set to be the home opener for the Lady Bisons. Adverse weather conditions have prompted the cancellation of the games.
February 14, 2010
The Lady Bisons softball team dropped their last game of the Mardi Gras Invitational in Mobile, Ala. with a score of 3-2 Sunday to the tournament's host, the University of South Alabama.
February 13, 2010
Lipscomb opened the regular season with a pair of wins in the Mardi Gras Invitational in Mobile, Ala. They shut down Western Kentucky 3-0 and SIU Edwardsville 4-2. They close out the tournament Sunday against host South Alabama.
February 11, 2010
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will have to wait another day for the official start of the 2010 season. Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of the first day of the Mardi Gras Invitational in Mobile, Ala. The schedule for the remainder of the weekend is still being decided.
February 10, 2010
Senior Lipscomb Lady Bisons first baseman Kellie Sirus has been named one of the 30 candiates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, character, community and competition.
February 09, 2010
As the 2010 NCAA Division I softball season approaches, the Atlantic Sun Conference is taking a look at each team leading up to the start of the season. The Lipscomb Lady Bisons, the preseason favorite of the conference coaches to win both the regular season and tournament championships is featured today.
February 04, 2010
Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman discusses the first couple weeks of practice and previews next weekend's season-opening tournament at South Alabama.
January 27, 2010
The A-Sun coaches have selected the Lady Bisons as the preseason favorite to win both the regular season and tournament championships. Kellie Sirus was named "Preseason Player of the Year".
January 13, 2010
Heather Collins played softball at Lipscomb University from 2004 to 2008 where she was a four-year starter at first base. Heather took some time off to talk by telephone with LipscombSports.com about what she has been doing since graduating with a degree in psychology.
January 12, 2010
All five members of coach Kristin Ryman's 2010 recruiting class have the potential to be standout players on the college level. That progress remains to be seen, but the class is the tallest that Ryman has recruited.
December 11, 2009
The Lady Bisons softball team will host its first ever tournament at Draper Diamond, and also play in a tournament in Hawaii, as highlights of a 2010 schedule that also features challenges such as Kentucky and Kansas.
October 06, 2009
The Lady Bisons have a goal of making the NCAA Tournament in the spring. Peck is using the fall practice and game schedule to fine-tune the team for the Atlantic Sun season. Wednesday afternoon at 4 the Lady Bisons are scheduled to play Volunteer State at Draper Diamond. Saturday Trevecca Nazarene visits to close out the fall games schedule.
October 01, 2009
The Lady Bisons shut down Tennessee State 8-0 and 4-1 to sweep a doubleheader Wednesday at Draper Diamond to kick off the fall schedule.
September 29, 2009
In a late addition to the fall schedule the Lady Bisons softball team will play Tennessee State in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. at Draper Diamond. The second game will begin at approximately 7.
September 14, 2009
Softball is usually considered to be a spring sport, but the fall exhibition games are where coach Kristin Peck develops rosters and strategies.
August 25, 2009
In the spring of 2009 the Lady Bisons softball team had its best season ever in many ways, but they are ready to get back to work this fall in preparation for another strong Atlantic Sun season in the spring.
July 13, 2009
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team finished 55th in the nation in the NCAA softball RPI which was officially announced Monday. It is the highest ranking ever for the Lady Bisons softball team.
July 07, 2009
Lipscomb softball player Kellie Sirus received recognition from her hometown newspaper for her outstanding season on the field and her national recognation as an ESPN The Magazine-CoSIDA Academic All-America.
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