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Win: OWEN (24-7) 7.060017
Loss: ANDERSON (19-5) 7.062253
COTHRON (LIP) 301000
NEELY (LIP) 301000
ELLIOTT (LIP) 201000
BEGLE (LIP) 301000
BADDLEY (LIP) 301000
Offense stymied for softball in A-Sun Tourney opener
Thursday, May 8, 2014
By Mark McGee
Offense stymied for softball in A-Sun Tourney opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The only time Lipscomb softball won the Atlantic Sun Tournament it was out of the loser’s bracket.

That was back in 2010. After the Lady Bisons, the No. 2 seed, lost 2-0 to No. 3 seed Stetson Thursday morning at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium on the Lipscomb campus coach Kristin Ryman is hopeful that history can repeat itself.

The Lady Bisons return to action at 5:30 p.m. to face the loser of the game between USC Upstate and Mercer.

“We came out and we were in good spirits,” Ryman said. “Warm-ups were good.

“It is frustrating to come into a game expecting to start one way and not have that happen. But I thought we recovered nicely.”

Both teams connected for six hits. The Lady Bisons left seven runners on base including two in the seventh inning.

“The strike zone was a little tighter than we expected it to be early on,” Ryman said. “But there are no excuses. Both teams had to deal with it.

“We struggled to adjust to it early in the game. And when we did they had two runs already and we were playing catch-up.”

Left-hander Ashley Anderson, 19-5, went the distance for the Lady Bisons. She gave up two earned runs, walked five and struck out three.

“There were a couple of innings where Stetson could have scored more,” Ryman said. “But Ashley did a good job of staying at it. Defensively, I also thought we made some good plays behind her to work out of some innings.”

Stetson took advantage of a bases-loaded walk in the first inning to score. In the fifth Amanda Grimaldo drove in a run on a sac fly to left field.

Meredith Owen, 24-7, walked one batter and struck out seven.

“We didn’t have many chances with runners in scoring position,” Ryman said. “When we did we couldn’t get over the hump and find a way to get runners across.”

The Lady Bisons, 39-12, are 1-3 against Stetson, 36-12, this season.

Dee Baddley made her first start for Lipscomb in left field. She was 1-for3 with a bunt single.

“Dee works so hard every day,” Ryman said. “She made a good catch defensively and got a hit that kept the seventh inning going. I am proud of her.”

The Lady Bisons ate a box lunch and will spend the afternoon resting.

“We want them to chill and get off of their feet,” Ryman said. “We will come out tonight and hopefully be rejuvenated. At this point; it is win or go home. We have to come out in attack mode.”