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Tennessee State00100135
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Win: YOUNG (5-8) 3.031113
Loss: Galyon (1-5) 1.067510
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
CARTWRIGHT (LIP) 323300
Gearlds (TSU) 211000
Richard (TSU) 201100
Gleason (TSU) 101000
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Tennessee State00100114
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: SANDERS (6-6) 5.011125
Loss: Green (5-6) 5.01210622
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
WILLIAMS (LIP) 434100
Gleason (TSU) 211000
Softball enjoys slugfest in doubleheader sweep at TSU
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Mark McGee
Softball enjoys slugfest in doubleheader sweep at TSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will head into this weekend’s Atlantic Sun opening series with Stetson with a renewed sense of confidence.

Combining for 22 hits and 23 runs in a doubleheader is enough to give any team a boost. Wednesday night at Tiger Stadium the Lady Bisons beat host Tennessee State 13-1 in game one and 10-1 in the nightcap. Both games were called after five innings due to the run-rule.

“We did a really nice job of coming out and attacking good, quality pitches,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We have worked a lot on the discipline side of things at the plate.

“We didn’t chase a lot of pitches. When you stick to your game plan and stick to your zone it is going to translate into hits eventually. We had a lot of really quality hit balls, even those that were right at people.”

In game one the Lady Bisons pounded 10 hits including triples by both Baylee Williams and Mimi Cartwright and doubles from Paige Neely, Cartwright and Gracey Aguirre. Cartwright connected for a game-high three hits. Cartwright and Williams tied for game high in runs batted in with three each.

The Lady Bisons scored four runs in the first, five in the second and three in the third. They added another run in the fifth.

Game two was more of the same. The Lady Bisons jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first inning. They added one in the third and two each in the fourth and fifth.

They collected 11 hits. Aguirre and Welch each blasted triples. Williams led with a game-high four hits.  Aguirre added three.

“I don’t know if we ever settled in these games,” Ryman said. “That has been a struggle at times for this team. We will jump ahead early in a game and we would get comfortable and let our guard down.

“We kept attacking against TSU. Our hitters kept attacking. Our pitchers kept attacking. It was really good to see us score throughout and not hit a wall and let them back into it.”

In the circle Kelly Young, 5-8, pitched three innings in game one. She gave up three hits and one run while striking out three and walking one. McCarley Thomas threw the fourth and fifth innings and retired the Tigers in order. She struck out two of the six batters she faced.

Tanner Sanders, 6-6, pitched all five innings in game two. She allowed one hit and one run. She struck out five and walked two.

The Lady Bisons improve to 11-14. TSU, from the Ohio Valley Conference, drops to 8-15.

QUICK HITS:

  • The 13 runs in game one set a season high. The 10 runs in game two marked only the second time this season the Lady Bisons had scored in double figures.

 

  • Welch, Williams and Cartwright each hit their first triples of the season.

 

  • Brittany Elmore stole two bases in each game. She is 21-for-21 in stolen bases this season. She is only five short of last year’s total of 26.

 

  • Kasey Gibson stole her first base of the season in game two.

 

  • Thomas doubled her strikeout total for the season.

 

  • Williams is tied for the team lead with six multi-hit games. She had two hits in game one and four hits in game two. Her four hits tied the single game high this season for the team. Elmore collected four hits against Oklahoma State Feb. 13.

 

  • The 12 hits in game two tied the single game season high set against Indiana State Feb. 7.  The 11 RBI in game one is a new single game high for the season.

 

The two triples in games one and two set a new team single game high. It was the third time this season the Lady Bisons have hit three doubles in a game. The six stolen bases in game one also set a single game high for the season.

ON DECK:

The Lady Bisons are back home this weekend for the start of the A-Sun portion of the season when Stetson visits Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.

A doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. A single game will be played Sunday.

“There is a little more of confidence right now with this group,” Ryman said. “We needed a good offensive day going into this weekend and we got it.”