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Tuesday, April 02, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons were hoping to keep the momentum going, but it was not to be.
After sweeping Florida Gulf Coast in a three-game series this past weekend, the Purple and Gold was stopped Tuesday night in a doubleheader with UAB from C-USA. The Lady Bisons lost game one 8-1 and were edged in the nightcap 1-0.
“We schedule tough,” LU coach Kristin Ryman said. “UAB competes really well in a good conference. We want to keep playing teams like this.
“We want to keep challenging our girls to push themselves to be better. We want them to grow and learn from games like these. If we can take the mistakes and learn from them we will be better from it. We want them to compete at a higher level.”
The Lady Bisons are 17-18 overall. UAB is 24-7.
Heather Parker, 6-9, pitched 6.1 scoreless innings for LU in game two.
The Lady Bisons had a chance to break the scoreless tie in the top of the seventh. Mickey Bell walked with one out. Haley Elliott was then hit by a pitch for the second time in the evening. Brianne Welch replaced Bell as a pinch-runner. Kristen Sturdivant struck out, but Welch moved to third and Elliott advanced to second on an error by the catcher. Bree Thurman struck out to end the inning and the scoring chance.
UAB did not fail to answer in the seventh. With one out Heather Pearson walked. Whitney Fletcher then connected for a walk-off triple to right center to end the game.
The Lady Bisons managed only one hit in game two, a single by Elliott to left field in the second inning.
“We only had one hit, but in the seventh we had a shot to score and a shot to win,” Ryman said. “In a game like that we can’t be frustrated. We have to stay the course and find a way to push a couple of runs across.”
Parker scattered six hits, walked four, hit one batter and struck out five.
“Heather threw well enough to win, but unfortunately we didn’t hit,” Ryman said. “She did a nice job of limiting runners the entire game. She made some really nice pitches to get out of a couple of innings with runners in scoring position. She did a lot to help herself out.”
Game one was decided in the second inning as three hits by UAB, combined with two LU errors, produced five runs.
“We made two errors, but we made a lot of mental errors in that one inning,” Ryman said. “It was disappointing. We didn’t look sharp at all.”
UAB opened with a run in the first as Pearson singled and Fletcher slammed an RBI-double. In the sixth UAB would add two insurance runs.
The Lady Bisons scored their lone run in the second inning. With one out Bell singled to left center. Elliott was hit by a pitch. Madison Wray entered the game to pinch run for Bell. Thurman singled to right field to bring in Wray.
The Lady Bisons had six hits in game one. Bridgette Begle and Elliott each had two. The lack of offense was frustrating for Ryman.
“UAB pitches extremely well,” Ryman said. “Their three pitchers all have good numbers. They are all a little bit different.
“We struggled to get anything going. We were chasing a lot of pitches that were out of the zone. It is hard to put balls in play, hit solid and make things happen if you are chasing balls. We couldn’t get a whole lot going in either game.”
Tanner Sanders, 10-7, took the loss in game one. She scattered eight hits, but only four of the runs she gave up were earned. She walked five, hit one batter and struck out four.
The Lady Bisons continue on the road this weekend when they head to Johnson City for a three-game Atlantic Sun series with ETSU. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at noon. The series closes with a single game Sunday at noon.
“We have to have good performances all the way around to give ourselves a chance to win,” Ryman said. “Everybody has to take responsibility for getting ready to play.
“I thought we learned that lesson after game one. We had a much better approach in game two. We have to be up for the challenge. It is not always going to be easy. We have to get back on track this weekend.”