Wednesday, April 17, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As Scarlett O’Hara said in “Gone with the Wind”, “After all, tomorrow is another day.”
Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball coach Kristin Ryman hopes that when her team hits the field for practice Thursday afternoon they will take advantage of the new day. She doesn’t want the problems of Wednesday night to be repeated.
“We have to go back to work,” Ryman said. “We can’t continue to take this approach into the weekend by any means.
“We have to move on. We are going to have a shorter workout, but we need to have a quality workout. There needs to be a lot of focus.”
Wednesday night the Lady Bisons lost 8-2 in game one and then fell 7-1 in the nightcap to Western Kentucky at Draper Diamond. The Lady Bisons are 24-21 overall. Western Kentucky, from the Sunbelt Conference, is 28-13. It was LU’s third loss this season to the Hilltoppers.
“Our pitching wasn’t sharp,” Ryman said. “Our hitting wasn’t sharp. We had some miscues on defense that killed us. And outside of that everything that could go wrong went wrong.
“We came out really sluggish in game one. We had a hard time ever regaining the mentality that we needed to compete with a good team. But in game two we had a better approach. We were much more into it. We were much livelier. We just had some really bad breaks.”
LU’s Tanner Sanders, 14-8, went the distance in game one. She gave up 12 hits, including three home runs and a double. All eight runs were earned. She walked three and struck out six.
Heather Parker, 9-11, pitched all seven innings in game two. She scattered eight hits and gave up seven runs, all earned. She struck out three and did not walk a batter.
The Lady Bisons managed only four hits in game one and three in game two.
Paige Neely hit her sixth home run for the Purple and Gold in game one and Heather Montgomery added her fifth double.
In game two Neely connected for her sixth double of the season.
“Their pitchers did a good job against us,” Ryman said. “We struggled all night to make adjustments at the plate.
“We really didn’t have a true approach at the plate. We were going up and continuing to do the same things over and over and hoping to get a different result.”
The Lady Bisons are on the road this weekend to face Atlantic Sun foe Mercer in Macon, Ga. A doubleheader starts at noon Saturday and a single game Sunday also begins at noon.
“We need to get as prepared as we can for Mercer,” Ryman said. “We learned some tough lessons against Western Kentucky. If we come out Thursday with a different mentality we are going to get back on track and be fine.”