Lady Bisons’ mental game helps produce strong season

Lady Bisons’ mental game helps produce strong season

The Lady Bisons softball team has proved the mental side of the game is just as important as the physical side this season. With a “Battle of the Boulevard” win over Belmont Tuesday night, the Lady Bisons are continuing their strong season in the ASUN conference, holding a 34-13 record and showing that they know how to win. “The mental side of the game can help everybody,” Head Coach Kristin Ryman said. “Several years ago we started doing some stuff with them to just get them out of how they think. Sometimes they have one bad at bat, and they think, ‘I’m terrible at softball; why am I even playing?’ and make it really extreme. It’s easy to do that, but having these little exercises that they do can really help bring them back to reality.” Ryman, who is in her 12th season with the Lady Bisons, said she thinks the mental game is the next big thing to be targeted at the college level, even more so than it already is. Therefore, strengthening the mental side is something the team has worked on improving each year. This semester, the coaches started bringing index cards to games and practices. On them, the players would write down their goals and affirmations before they would step onto the field. “They all stand out there outside of that left field gate, and before they ever walk in, they just kind of have a moment to let go of whatever they have going on during the school day, whether they feel they did poorly on a test, or they’re having issues with a boyfriend, and realize...
Lumination bids farewell to spring graduates

Lumination bids farewell to spring graduates

Several of Lumination’s valuable contributors from the past several years will graduate on May 6. They were an integral part in producing content for Lumination, from radio production to television newscast and website stories. Although they will be missed by the Journalism and New Media department, communication staff and students alike know that they move on to bigger and better things in the coming years.     Whitney Smith Pisgah, Alabama #1: What is your best memory at Lipscomb? My best memory has been pledging Delta Omega and becoming part of an empowering and encouraging sisterhood. #2: What are your immediate plans after college? Immediately after college, you can find me napping for a couple of days. #3: Is there a specific professor who has shaped you the most here? How? Professor Griggs has been the best professor I’ve ever had. He has always taken the time to talk to me about my future, encourage me to be proactive and push myself and put me in contact with people who can give me advice on how to get to where I want to be. Griggs believes in his students enough to set high expectations for them and not let them just scrape by. He’s exactly what a professor should be, and being able to stop by his office and bug him is what I’ll miss the most about Lipscomb. #4: Where are we most likely to see you in 10 years? In 10 years, I plan to be working in political communications on the state or federal level. Anna McClure Winchester, TN #1: What is your best memory at Lipscomb? My best memory...
Nashville Predators bring excitement to city

Nashville Predators bring excitement to city

The city of Nashville has rallied around the local hockey team, the Nashville Predators. The Preds start their second-round series Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues. Coming into the playoffs the Predators were the eighth-seed and scheduled to play against the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks. Going into the series no one gave the Predators a chance. ESPN polled their hockey analysts and every one of them predicted the Blackhawks to win the series, but the Predators proved them wrong. The Predators came out and swept the Blackhawks in four games to punch their ticket to the second-round. “Getting a chance to go to game three of the series and see the excitement in the arena was really incredible,” senior Chase Whiting said. The cheapest price for tickets in round two is $90 right now, but the Predators know that not everyone can justify or afford spending $90 on a single ticket. They have created a way to give these people a chance to go to a game. On the day of a home game on the NHL app, starting at 10 a.m., the first 50 people have a chance to buy $15 tickets. “We do this so that everyone has an opportunity to experience a game in Bridgestone Arena,” Predators CEO and President Sean Henry has said. Game one of the series against the Blues will be Wednesday night in St. Louis, but there still are ways to experience the excitement of the game. For every road game during the playoffs, the Predators will be hosting a watch party on the plaza at Bridgestone Arena, with entertainment starting 30 minutes before puck-drop. Plenty of...
Bison’s sloppy play leads to 9-7 loss against Belmont

Bison’s sloppy play leads to 9-7 loss against Belmont

Unforced errors are a coach’s worst nightmare, and baseball’s Jeff Forehand is no exception. The Lipscomb Bisons had plenty of opportunities to defeat their cross-town rival Belmont at Dugan field on Tuesday night, but missed opportunities on offense and defense proved too much to overcome as the Bisons eventually fell 9-7 in a game that lasted over four hours. The Bruins jumped out to an early lead thanks to Hunter Holland’s grand slam with two outs in the top of the 1st. Although the deficit would eventually be 6-1, Lipscomb was able to crawl back into the game thanks to a six-run third inning, making it all the more difficult to eventually take the loss. The loss moved the Bisons to 20-18 on the season as they remained 6-6 in conference play. “I think we handled it pretty well initially,” Forehand said. “But then we just kept putting ourselves in bad spots either by getting behind in the count or giving up a leadoff walk. We bailed ourselves out of those situations a few times, but that’s not something that any team can do consistently.” The Bison’s six-run outburst in the third was a two-out rally sparked by Jake Perry’s 2-run bomb to right field. Belmont’s pitchers struggled with command in the inning, allowing the Bisons to load the bases before Michael Gigliotti was hit by a pitch to bring in Allan Hooker. A throwing error on a ground ball to second allowed Jackson Furstace and Tyler Bethune to score on the very next batter, giving Lipscomb a 7-6 lead. Belmont would quickly regain the lead in the 5th,...
‘The Gathering’ urges students to rest and reflect

‘The Gathering’ urges students to rest and reflect

The final Gathering chapel of the semester was different from others, but it gave students a chance to rest and wind down with finals quickly approaching. Songs of worship were interspersed with student-read scripture that identified The Lord as the ultimate source of peace, happiness and hope. SGA President Jackson Smith was the first to share words of wisdom to his fellow students. “You are only going to be at this place, at this time and with these people once in your life,” Smith said, exhorting students to take advantage of the community they have now, rather than getting caught up in anxiety about schoolwork. Smith also read Matthew 11:28-30, in which Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Two other sections of Scripture were shared by students during the Gathering, one from Isaiah 55, which says, “Incline your ear and come to me. Hear, and your soul shall live,” and Psalm 103, which says, “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is the Lord’s mercy on those who fear Him.” The theme of the chapel continued to return to God and His abounding mercy and favor on His people. Students who shared called those in attendance to hunger and thirst for the thing that matters most: a relationship with God. Finally, Director of Men’s Mentoring Cyrus Eaton shared closing remarks with students as they departed for the final days of the school year and disperse for the summer. “There is always more with God,” Eaton said, asking students to use the time...
Softball shuts out Belmont 5-0 in Tuesday night tilt

Softball shuts out Belmont 5-0 in Tuesday night tilt

It was no coincidence that the song “Takin’ Care of Business” was blaring in E.S. Rose Park as Lipscomb stepped on the field because that’s exactly what the Bisons did in their 5-0 shutout over Belmont. It was a picture-perfect day for the annual “Battle of the Boulevard” face-off. The field was freshly groomed with a jaw-dropping Nashville skyline in the horizon. The Lady Bisons were more than ready to hit the field Tuesday night after resting since last Thursday’s win over Chattanooga. “It felt like we were almost having to force our energy and effort at times,” head coach Kristin Ryman said. “We had to work through that and get back into a game mode. It is nice to get some rest, but there is something to be said about being in game mode too.” Lipscomb landed three runs in just the second inning following a beautiful two-RBI single by Abby Fenichel. “On a night when the ball wasn’t flying off of bats for either team I thought Abby had some really well-hit balls,” Ryman said. Fenichel would go on to lead the pack with three runs bated in and two hits. Another easy run was scored in the fourth off of a bloop single to left field from Fenichel. Belmont appeared to be in a frenzy as it switched out its second baseman, catcher and shortstop after Lipscomb’s hot start. The Lady Bisons were unscathed by the changes and remained in the driver’s seat. The highlight of Lipscomb’s defense was ace Mandy Jordan. Jordan struck out 13 batters, allowed four hits and did not walk a single...