NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Everyone talks about the weather, but the Lipscomb Lady Bisons did something about it.
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead in three innings Wednesday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium, the Lady Bisons endured a rain delay that was six minutes short of two hours. Lightning strikes and intense rain provided a double whammy.
“Overall, it was a good day, but a long day,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Our girls did a good job of staying the course.
“Our girls handled the delay really well. They were loose. They were having fun. I don’t think it is always that way. They could have not kept their focus. They could have been griping and complaining. But they wanted to go out and finish this game.”
When the game resumed the Lady Bisons were still in attack mode with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth sparked by a two-RBI single by Abby Fenichel.
Laura Dukes, who returned to catcher for the Lady Bisons for the first time since March 3, started the second inning with a home run blast to left field. With one out in the inning Brianne Welch slammed a solo homer to left of her own.
“We felt like with it being a mid-week game it was a good opportunity to get Laura back behind the plate again,” Ryman said. “We did something we hadn’t tried in a long time by putting Abby Fenichel back in right field.
“Whether we will stick with that lineup or not, who knows? I thought Laura did a good job behind the plate.”
All but one starter had a hit in the game. Paige Neely led the way with two including a double.
“That is something we need to continue to see more of,” Ryman said. ‘This team can hit and we are seeing that more and more.
“Having Laura back in the lineup was good for us. It adds another power hitter in there who can drive in some runs.”
Other players are putting the ball in play though their averages might not reflect it.
“We have some players who don’t necessarily have a high average but they are putting together quality at bats like Mimi Cartwright,” Ryman said. “She puts the ball in play consistently.
“Abby Fenichel is doing some good things. Baylee Williams does what she does quietly. She is leading us in RBI right now. “
Kelly Young, 12-12, went the distance for the Lady Bisons. She allowed two hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth by Sabrie Neeb. She walked one and struck out 13.
“Kelly threw such a good game that defensively we didn’t have a lot of action,” Ryman said. “
The Lady Bisons evened their record at 24-24 overall. Tennessee Tech is 24-21.
- Brittany Elmore stole one base. She has set a new personal and team record with her 37th steal of the season.
She needs one more to reach the 100 thefts mark.
- Neely hit her 17th double of the season, a new personal season career high.
- Fenichel was hit for the 16th time this season, a new program record.
- Elmore has a 12-game hitting streak. She also has reached base in her last 23 games. Both are season highs for the team.
Neely has reached base in her last 10 games. Fenichel as a nine-game streak of reaching base in a game.
- Fenichel started in right field for only the second time this season.
The Lady Bisons are heading to Spartanburg, South Carolina this weekend to face USC Upstate, the top team in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Wednesday night Upstate edged No. 11-ranked Georgia 4-3 in Athens.
Game time for Saturday’s doubleheader is noon CT. A single game will close out the series at noon Sunday.