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Softball upended by home squad in Frost Classic
Friday, February 22, 2013
By Mark McGee
Softball upended by home squad in Frost Classic

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Sometimes the way you lose hurts more than the fact that you did lose. 

Such was the case for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons who split their two games in the first day of the Frost Classic.

The Lady Bisons closed out Friday with a 1-0 loss to Tennessee-Chattanooga. They started the day on a high note with a 4-2 win over Missouri State.

“We are seeing progress,” Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman said. “Even in the loss I thought overall that the energy and spark were there that we were lacking last weekend at Mississippi State.” 

In the sixth inning the Lady Mocs capitalized on a pair of Lipscomb errors, a catcher’s interference call and a hit batter to score the only run of the game.

“We worked our way into that mess,” Ryman said. “All the way through it was a really good match-up of two good teams.  Unfortunately, we made more mistakes late in the game and that cost us.

“Both teams were trying to do everything they could to get one or two runs across. Both pitchers were doing a nice job. Both defenses were doing a nice job. But Chattanooga took advantage of our mistakes and that bit us late.”

Right-hander Tanner Sanders started for the Purple and Gold. She pitched a complete game. She gave up three hits, walked two and struck out one. She is 2-3 

Chattanooga used a pair of right-handers against the Lady Bisons. Kalsey Carson started and threw four innings allowing three hits and walking one. Taylor Deason closed out the game, giving up one hit and striking out two on the way to a win. Her record is 5-3.

“We struggled to push runs across,” Ryman said. “It was frustrating. We just need to keep it in perspective and focus on the positives. We have to learn from the negatives, but not necessarily dwell on them. We have to move forward with the positives.”

Chattanooga raised its record to 6-5

Ryman was pleased with the way the Lady Bisons opened against Missouri State with lead-off hitter Brittany Elmore and No. 2 hitter Paige Neely combining for five hits. 

“That was definitely the way we wanted to start the tournament,” Ryman said. “Parker threw a really good game. The top part of our order was really strong and jump started us.” 

The Lady Bisons, 4-6, are back in action Saturday at 10 a.m. to face Ohio. They close out the day with Niagara at 2:30.

“We are playing two teams we don’t really know a tremendous amount about,” Ryman said. “Ohio is competitive. They have some speed and decent pitching. We will have to come out and execute well.

“We don’t know very much about Niagara, but I don’t know if that bothers us. I think we need to focus on what we need to do to continue to improve.”

The Frost Classic ends Sunday for the Lady Bisons with a 9 a.m. meeting with Miami-Ohio.