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Austin Peay20211006113
Win: SANDERS (5-3) 2.010013
Loss: DE CASTRO (5-3) 6.0118312
ELMORE (LIP) 323110
PAVEL (APSU) 302100
DE VRIES (APSU) 312110
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Win: SANDERS (6-3) 5.020017
Loss: BREWER (4-4) 3.177522
AGUIRRE (LIP) 413200
NORTON (APSU) 201000
Lady Bison softball sweeps Austin Peay
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
By Mark McGee
Lady Bison softball sweeps Austin Peay

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - It was a double your fun type of afternoon for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team.

Double wins. Double figures in runs in one game with 15. Double figures in hits in both games. Double wins for pitcher Tanner Sanders. Three doubles for Gracey Aguirre. Two doubles for Bree Thurman. Eight doubles as a team. Two stolen bases by Brittany Elmore.

The Lady Bisons swept both games against Austin Peay, 9-7, on the road at Cheryl Holt Field. They came back with four runs in the seventh to win game one 8-6 and roared back in game two for a 15-0 win that was called after five innings.

“We had a chance to see the girls work through two completely different scenarios,” LU coach Kristin Ryman said. “In the first game we had the lead early. Austin Peay tied it and then took the lead. And we came back to win it. It is a situation we shouldn’t have been in to begin with.

“Offensively, when we scored first in game two it set the tone. We just exploded offensively in the second game.”

In game one the Lady Bisons struck for 11 hits and followed with 15 in game two. In addition to all of the doubles, Bridgette Begle added a triple and Paige Neely hit a home run against her old Austin Peay teammates.

Elmore finished the day with five hits, including three in game one. Aguirre connected for four hits with three in game two. Elmore, Begle, Neely, Thurman and Elliott had two hits in at least one game.  Shelby Cunningham had her first hit of the season in game two.

“Gracey hit it well,” Ryman said. “Brittany and Haley Elliott got back on track. Bridgette had a good day.  Rena’ Cothron had a couple of hits in limited times at bat.

"That is good for them and good to see from a coaching standpoint. That makes you feel good as we go into a weekend facing a really good Kennesaw State team.”

Sanders pitched the last two innings of game one and held Austin Peay to one hit and no runs. She struck out three and walked one.

She started game two and recorded her fifth complete game and her second shutout of the season. In five innings she struck out seven, walked one and only gave up two hits.  

“We knew Tanner was going to pitch game two, but we decided to bring her in to stop Austin Peay’s momentum in the first game,” Ryman said. “She did a really nice job of hitting her spots and getting outs. She came in and shut the door 

“In the second game she came out and threw really well.  That is the Tanner that we know. We know she can get strikeouts, hit spots and get ahead of batters. That is the Tanner that we know that can win games and win a lot of conference games. That was good to see.”

The Lady Bisons, 10-11, 1-2 in the Atlantic Sun, are back home at Draper Diamond this weekend. They will face A-Sun foe Kennesaw State in a doubleheader Saturday and a single game on Sunday. The games will start at 2 p.m. each day.