ON THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
• Houston is 9-5 all-time against the tournament field. The Cougars are 6-1 all-time against Iowa State, 3-2 against Lipscomb and 0-2 against Northwestern. Houston and Penn State have never met on the diamond.
• The Lady Bisons enter the weekend with an 11-4 record.
• Lipscomb is coming off a 2-2 weekend at its host Purple/Gold Challenge, but opened the season on a five-game win streak, highlighted by wins over Georgia Tech and Virginia, as well as a no-hitter against then No. 14/15 Ole Miss.
• Lipscomb, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, owns a .271 team batting average and 1.49 team ERA.
• Mandy Jordan is 7-0 and ranks second in the conference with a 1.09 ERA, while Caitlin Turner leads the team with a .333 batting average.
• The Lady Bisons are led by Head Coach Kristin Ryman, who owns a 402-272-1 in her 13th season at the helm.
• The Cyclones enter the weekend with a 10-10 record and are coming off a 2-3 showing at the Osprey Classic in Jacksonville, Fla.
• As a team, ISU is batting .237 and holds a 3.25 ERA.
• Sami Williams leads the team with a .338 average. In the circle, Brianna Weilbacher is 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA.
• ISU, a member of the Big 12, is under the direction of first-year Head Coach Jamie Pinkerton. He previously served as the head coach at Tulsa (2001-04), Arkansas (2005-09) and Montana (2015-17), and has a 359-381 career record to date.
• The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 10-8 record and are coming off a 3-2 showing at the Husky Classic in Seattle, highlighted by a 4-0 shutout of No. 11/11 Alabama on Sunday.
• As a team, Northwestern is batting .258 and holds a 3.39 ERA in the circle.
• Sabrina Rabin leads the team with a .338 batting average, while Morgan Newport anchors the staff with a 4-2 record and 1.87 ERA.
• The Wildcats are coached by Head Coach Kate Drohan, who is 542-334-1 in her 17th season at the helm.
• Houston and Northwestern met let season at the Mary Nutter Classic with the Wildcats prevailing 3-1.
• The Nittany Lions enter the weekend with a 1-12 record. Their lone win came in a 4-2 decision at Jacksonville.
• As a team, PSU is batting .203 and owns a 4.64 ERA.
• Tori Dubois is the team’s leading hitter with a .341 average.
• The Nittany Lions are under the direction of fifth-year Head Coach Amanda Lehotak. She previously served as the head coach at Jacksonville (2007-11) and UTSA (2012-13) prior to taking over at PSU. Houston pitching coach Megan Gibson-Loftin served in assistant coaching roles with Lehotak at both UTSA and PSU.