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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The temperature was in the upper 30s and the wind chill was lower. Snowflakes were seen on a couple of occasions. The wind was cutting at times.
Not a great night for softball. But despite weather conditions, that were not conducive to hitting, the Lipscomb Lady Bisons flexed their muscles. In a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee Tech from the Ohio Valley Conference the Lady Bisons pounded five home runs and four doubles.
The Lady Bisons won had a 6-5 in game one. They took game two 6-3. The Lady Bisons are 13-13 overall. Tennessee Tech is 11-11.
“Any time we can get that big hit we are not going to turn it down,” LU coach Kristin Ryman said. “The hitting really came on strong from top to bottom. Overall, we are playing pretty well.”
In game one, Haley Elliott and Kristen Sturdivant each slammed two-run homers. Gracey Aguirre added a pair of doubles.
Elliott would strike for another home run in game two. Also clearing the fence were Bridgette Begle and Bree Thurman. All three home runs were solo shots.
Aguirre hit her third double of the night and Paige Neely also added a double. Heather Montgomery was the RBI leader in game two with a single.
“It was good to see that out of multiple people,” Ryman said. “We have seen it from Haley and Kristen. We got that production out of them again, but we also got big hits out of Bridgette and Bree. Gracey continued her streak. Paige Neely hit one off of the wall.
“We see that in practice a lot. But to see them put that together in a game is exciting for us and is a confidence builder for them.”
LU right-hander Tanner Sanders went the distance in game one to lift her record to 8-4. She scattered eight hits and gave up three earned runs. She walked four and struck out four.
“Tanner wasn’t her best, but she kept gutting it out,” Ryman said. “She kept us in it.”
Right-hander Heather Parker started game two for Lipscomb and pitched three innings. She picked up her fourth win in 11 decisions. She gave up eight hits and three runs, all earned. She struck out three and walked one.
Left-hander Ashley Anderson picked up the save with four shutout innings. She allowed five hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter.
“Ashley does so well working in the bullpen during practice,” Ryman said. “We have been trying to get her to transfer that into game settings with live hitters. She keeps working at it. I am proud of what she did in game two.
“She moved the ball well. She was hitting her spots. She had some strikeouts and some ground outs. When she is getting those she is at her best. She kept her composure and found ways to get outs when we needed them.”
Tennessee Tech also showed some power with seven doubles and one home run.
“Tanner and Heather gave up too many hard hit balls,” Ryman said. “They are going to give up one occasionally, but not consistently that many. When you see that you know something is off.
“I’m not worried about them. We will go back to work with them Thursday. They will get back on track.”
The Lady Bisons are back in action at Draper Diamond Saturday and Sunday when North Florida visits for a three-game Atlantic Sun series. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. Sunday’s single game starts at 1 p.m.