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Evansville0010001291
Lipscomb005020X780
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: SANDERS (3-1) 7.092227
Loss: Fleming (1-2) 2.145532
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Tracy (UE) 312000
Parr (UE) 312101
Ferguson (UE) 302000
NEELY (LIP) 412100
WILLIAMS (LIP) 402200
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South Alabama202000X441
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: McGill (2-0) 4.031101
Loss: YOUNG (2-2) 6.044452
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
NEELY (LIP) 301010
AGUIRRE (LIP) 311000
FENICHEL (LIP) 301000
DUKES (LIP) 301100
DEAN (LIP) 101000
Johnson (USA) 302200
Softball takes one of two at Mardi Gras Invite
Saturday, February 14, 2015
By Mark McGee
Softball takes one of two at Mardi Gras Invite

MOBILE, Ala. – Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman has challenged her team with a tough schedule of opponents and now they are being challenged to be consistent against those top teams.

“While we certainly don’t expect to be undefeated we expect our players to go hard every single game,” Ryman said. “If we are going to be successful against the top echelon teams we have scheduled this season we have to be consistent in all three phases of the game.

“Our hitting, pitching and defense have to be there. If any of those areas are lacking or are not up to par it is going to be tough to beat those teams.”

The Lady Bisons outhit South Alabama, but they fell short in runs falling 4-1 Saturday.

The loss drops the Lady Bisons to 2-2 in the Mardi Gras Invitational, hosted by South Alabama at Jaguar Field. Earlier in the day the Lady Bisons beat Evansville 7-2.

“I thought overall we played pretty well,” Ryman said. “We played errorless ball all day which was great to see.

“I feel like we had a much better day all-around today than we did Friday. We just seemed a little sharper.”

The Lady Bisons connected for five hits. South Alabama had four.

South Alabama, ranked No. 24/25 in polls this past week, opened the game with two runs on a home run to left field by Chloe Rathburn. They added two more runs in the third on a triple to center field by Blair Johnson.

The Lady Bisons scored a run in the sixth. Mimi Cartwright was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Jordan Abell entered as a pinch-runner. Gracey Aguirre reached base on a fielder’s choice. She scored on a single up the middle by Laura Dukes.

Right-hander Kelly Young, 2-2, went the distance for the Lady Bisons. She walked five and struck out two.

“I thought Kelly threw a very good game,” Ryman said. “South Alabama is a great hitting team. And while you don’t want to give up four runs to hold them to four hits, it was a really a really great job of pitching by her.

“Three of those hits were for extra bases. That was the unfortunate part. All five of our hits were singles. We had runners on almost every inning.”

The Lady Bisons are 5-3. South Alabama is 5-2.

Right-hander Tanner Sanders went the distance in the Evansville game. She scattered nine hits and allowed two earned runs. She struck out seven and walked two.

“We are learning about our team,” Ryman said. “We are learning about what it takes to win.”

QUICK HITS:

  • Baylee Wiliams failed to get a hit against South Alabama and ended her hitting streak at six games, the longest on the team.
  • Paige Neely leads the team in multiple-hit games with four. She had two doubles against Evansville tying her season high set Feb. 6 against Missouri-Kansas City.
  • Becca Dean made her first appearance in the field against Evansville as she replaced Aguirre in right field in the seventh inning. Dean also recorded her first hit of the season, a single as a pinch-hitter in the South Alabama game in the sixth inning.

 “She was able to come in and give us a spark leading off in the sixth,” Ryman said. “She was able to come in and give us that spark. She hadtobattle. She fouled off four or five pitches in a row.”

  • Williams didn’t get a hit against South Alabama, but she did walk extending her reached base streak to seven, the highest on the team.
  • Abby Fenichel started in right field against Evansville. She has started at four different positions as a freshman in eight games. In addition to right field she has one start at third base, two at catcher and four as designated player.

NEXT UP:

The Lady Bisons close out the tournament Sunday at 10 with a rematch with Butler. The Lady Bisons beat Butler 2-1 Friday.