NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Power and finesse both provided the same results for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team.
Thursday night in game one at Trevecca Nazarene University, the Lady Bisons pounded three homers, a double and a triple on the way to a 10-2 win. In game two, they pounded seven hits, but only one would be for extra bases as the Lady Bisons used smart base running, walks, speed and sacrifice flies to win the nightcap 10-2.
The Lady Bisons closed out the fall season with an 8-0 record.
“I love the way this team plays,” Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman said. “I love the fact we have the power presence, but we also have a lot of speed. I think we have a really good combination of things right now.”
Heather Parker started game one and struck out four, allowed two runs and scattered four hits in five innings. Ashley Anderson closed out both games with two innings of work in each one. She did not allow a run and struck out one in each game. Tanner Sanders pitched five innings in game two, striking out six and giving up two runs.
Haley Elliott, Kelsey Cartwright and Mickey Bell all blasted home runs for the Lady Bisons in game one. Bree Thurman hit a triple. Gracey Aguirre celebrated her birthday by adding a double.
In game two Rena’ Cothron slammed a double.
The Lady Bisons jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of game one and added six more in the third. In game two they closed out with five runs.
“I would have liked for us to have started a little bit stronger in game two,” Ryman said. “We mixed up the line-up and tried to get more at bats for those girls who hadn’t had quite as many this fall. I thought there were several really good at bats mixed in the first few innings, but we didn’t have a lot to show for it.
“In the second game we walked multiple times and it put us in a situation where we needed to capitalize on those walks. Any time a team is going to give you free passes you have to make those count. We wanted to put pressure on them with good base running.”
The Lady Bisons were also strong defensively with no errors in game one and only one in game two. Outfielders Brittany Elmore, Heather Montgomery and Thurman all showed some flair in the outfield and shortstop Bridgette Begle all made outstanding plays.
“We made some really nice plays,” Ryman said. “We have been working with the outfield a lot on being more aggressive. They are all speedy kids which is pretty typical for outfielders. But we want them to be more aggressive with their speed, take better angles, communicate better and improve their footwork.
“We saw that multiple times with some big catches _ some diving and sliding efforts. And we had some really nice throws. It is good to see them stepping up their game out there. In the infield Bridgette had several nice stops and throws and showed that she has that extra level to her game defensively.”
Despite their fall success, Ryman has already warned her players that the spring will be filled with challenges.
“Overall, I felt we had a really good fall,” Ryman said. “There are still some positions up for grabs. We need to fine-tune some little details we have noticed in practice and games.
“There are not going to be any cupcakes on the schedule. Everybody is out to get you in the spring.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.