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Softball splits doubleheader with Jacksonville
Friday, April 3, 2015
By Mark McGee
Softball splits doubleheader with Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons split an Atlantic Sun doubleheader but coach Kristin Ryman is still searching for consistency in the circle and at the plate.

After opening with a 1-0 win Friday against Jacksonville at Pruitt Stadium, the Lady Bisons lost 6-4 in the nightcap.

In the final game the Lady Bisons opened with three runs in the first inning. Jacksonville answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning.

“I thought we did a really great job in the first inning of taking advantage of a couple of walks,” Ryman said. “Victoria Brown is their ace and I thought we did a good job against her.”

 Jacksonville added two more runs in the third for a 5-3 lead.

The Lady Bisons countered with a run in the fourth. But Jacksonville scored another run in the sixth.

The Lady Bisons connected for 10 hits. Paige Neely collected four, a single game high for her this season. She slammed a double and added an RBI.

Brittany Elmore chipped in with two hits including a double. She stole two bases.

A concern for Ryman was the fact the Lady Bisons left 14 runners on base.

“It is hard to find ways to win when you are getting runners on, and you have the opportunity, but you are not punching them across,” Ryman said. “We certainly hit the ball well and I was proud of that. We just weren’t getting most of those hits with runners on base.”

Ryman is looking for more consistency from her middle hitters.

“We have to have more quality at bats,” Ryman said. “We have to get a little more production from an RBI standpoint from the middle of our order.

"We need those hitters in the middle of the order to go to the plate and be confident, take their hacks and find ways to make things happen when we have runners in scoring position.”

Tanner Sanders, 8-10, went this distance for the Lady Bisons. She scattered eight hits and four of the runs she allowed were earned. She walked five and struck out two.

“Tanner came out and was getting behind early,” Ryman said. “Some of that is the ebb and flow of the season. And some of that is controllable.

“When we have a three-run lead we have to find a way to come out and make a statement right away by putting up a zero for the other team. We didn’t do that.”

Lipscomb pitcher Kelly Young struck out six batters on the way to a 1-0 win over Jacksonville in the first game.

Young evened her record at 9-9 and pitched her fourth shutout of the season. She allowed only two hits and also walked two batters.

“We haven’t been in too many low-scoring games like that,” Ryman said. “To really grind it out and find a way not only to shut them out but push one run across and make that stand was huge for us.

“We got what we needed out of Kelly. She really didn’t have her best stuff. But she showed that grit and found a way to win and shutout a pretty talented offensive lineup. The key right now for both Kelly and Tanner is to steadily improve.”

The Lady Bisons scored the lone run in the fifth inning.  Elmore scored from third base on a ground out to shortstop by Gracey Aguirre.

Elmore and Welch each had two hits for the Lady Bisons. The Purple and Gold connected for seven hits in the game.

The Lady Bisons are 17-19 overall, 5-3 in the conference. Jacksonville is 20-19, 3-5 in the A-Sun.

QUICK HITS:

  • Elmore stole two bases in game two and has 33 for the season, three short of tying her all-time season high of 36 set in 2013.
  • Neely slammed a double in game two. She has 14 for the season, tying her career season high set in 2014.

Neely set a new single-game high for the season with four hits. She has 11 multiple-hit games.

  • Elmore has reached base in 15 straight games, a team high for the season. She had two hits in each game and has 11 multiple-hit games.

ON DECK:

The Lady Bisons close out the series with Jacksonville Saturday at 10 a.m.