CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In what is the high water mark of the young season for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons they pounded a season-high 16 hits, including half of them for extra bases, in a 17-1 win over Niagara.
For the day the Lady Bisons finished 2-0 with a 6-0 win earlier Saturday against Ohio in the Frost Classic hosted by Tennessee-Chattanooga.
“This is what this team is capable of offensively,” Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman said. “Obviously, every game is not going to be a 17-run game, but at the same time we really do believe in this team offensively.
“It was really fun to have a game like this and a game where our bats really came alive. Hopefully days like today will propel us forward.”
Six players had two hits in the game.
Kelsey Cartwright collected a triple and added a home run in the fourth inning for a team season-high four runs batted in.
Kristen Sturdivant collected three RBI, two on a first-inning home run. Brianne Welch blasted a triple and a double. Bree Thurman, Heather Parker and Rena’ Cothron each pounded out doubles.
“We have quite a few players who had been struggling a little at the plate and were maybe pressing too much,” Ryman said. “Several of them had really good days.
“We had been telling them to stay the course and believe in the process. Sometimes that is hard as a college athlete. You want instant results. You want to succeed now as a college athlete. At times it is hard to take the focus off the outcome and put it on the process.”
The Lady Bisons opened with six runs in the first inning, one in the second, four in the third and three each in the fourth and fifth innings. The game was called after five innings as the Lady Bisons scored a season-high 17 runs.
“They believe in themselves deep down,” Ryman said. “They know this is a really good team. There is a tremendous amount of talent there.
“This was a good way all day of reaffirming that belief and reminding everyone that we are extremely capable. It was one of those days that is exciting to have. We had two total team wins that we can all take ownership in.”
Left-hander Ashley Anderson started for the Lady Bisons and evened her record at 1-1. She allowed only three hits while walking one batter and striking out seven.
Anderson lost her shutout bid when Niagara scored one run in the fourth inning on two singles and a double.
“Ashley had them off balance,” Ryman said. “There were a lot of swings and misses.
“Hopefully, this is a definite confidence booster for her. She has been a little frustrated. She wanted another shot to prove herself. She really took advantage of the situation.”
Parker threw a shutout against Ohio. Friday night Tanner Sanders lost 1-0 to Tennessee-Chattanooga. In the four games in the Frost Classic the Lady Bisons have only allowed four runs.
“We had two really good pitching performances today and we had a really good pitching performance Friday night out of Tanner.
“We have kind of thrown all three of them into the fire so to speak. We have tried to help them learn through those experiences and sometimes they have been tough lessons to learn.”
The Lady Bisons, 6-6, close out the Frost Classic Sunday at 9 a.m. against Miami-Ohio.
“This is another new opponent for us,” Ryman said. “We want to keep the momentum going and try to keep the excitement going.”