|May 08, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: SHUBERT (32-5)||7.0||2||0||0||1||9|
|Loss: SANDERS (13-11)||6.0||6||4||4||8||3|
|May 08, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||R||H||E|
|Win: YOUNG (18-13)||5.0||4||0||0||1||4|
|Loss: HOSTETLER (20-10)||2.0||5||6||3||2||1|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – At this point of the Atlantic Sun Tournament it is not about the other team. It is about the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
They find themselves in the loser’s bracket after losing 4-0 to top-seeded USC Upstate Friday afternoon. They will play Stetson at 5:30 CT in what is the second semifinal game of the day. The winner moves into the championship round and a rematch with Upstate. The loser is eliminated.
“At this point it is not about who we are going to play,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “It is more about us continuing to bring the fight that we just brought.”
The two teams had battled to scoreless tie through 6.5 innings and appeared to be on the way to the first extra-inning game in an A-Sun softball tournament since 2009.
But with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the seventh Upstate broke the scoreless tie with a grand slam over the center field fence by designated hitter Karla Beasley, the A-Sun Freshman of the Year.
“Games like this one are exhausting,” Ryman said. “They are exhausting physically and emotionally.
“I felt like we left it all out there. We have to be able to recover from that. Based on the talk we just had we will be ready to go again.”
The outburst in the bottom of the seventh ended a 13-inning scoreless streak for Lipscomb pitcher Tanner Sanders who had shut down Upstate 9-0 during the regular season.
Sanders, 13-11, scattered six hits. She walked eight, including four intentional walks to Shellie Robinson. She struck out three.
“It was tremendous game by Tanner,” Ryman said. “For her to have shut them out three weeks ago we knew they probably knew she was going to throw today. That means they had the opportunity to game plan and prepare.
“For her to have the outing that she had speaks a lot about where she is as a pitcher. She has that competitive fire. I hate it ended like that for her.”
Lexi Shubert, 32-5, gave up only two hits. She struck out nine, walked one and hit two batters.
“Shubert was better against is than she was Thursday against North Florida,” Ryman said. “She was better against us than when we played them in the regular season.
“We struggled to make quality adjustments against her today. That was a big reason why we had trouble getting things going offensively.”
The hits were a lead-off single by Brittany Elmore and a single by Abby Fenichel.
“I still think the advantage we have right now is having both Kelly Young and Tanner,” Ryman said. “We have a one-two punch most other teams don’t have.”
The offensive had only produced one run in the two games. That is a concern for Ryman and her staff.
“At this point we have to go back to work offensively,” Ryman said. “We have to make better adjustments during the game. We need to have quality at bats, find a way to get the barrel on the ball and to get our hands through a swing.
“We have to use the middle part of the field. We have to drive the ball gap to gap. When we get runners on we need to find ways to advance them. When we got runners on today we had trouble advancing them and both teams were that way.”
The Lady Bisons are 30-24. Upstate is 42-8.
On the defensive: Second baseman Baylee Williams made an outstanding catch of a foul ball on the right side of the field.
Right fielder Gracey Aguirre threw out Hayley Reinfeld at home in the third inning with a sizzling on line shot to catcher Laura Dukes.
An even dozen: Mimi Cartwright was hit by a pitch for the 12th time this season.