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Lady Bisons softball wins two in challenge
Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons softball wins two in challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Not all of the efforts were perfect. The games weren’t complete performances for the team. But the outcomes were victories and that was good enough.

Saturday afternoon in the Courtyard by Marriott-Brentwood Purple and Gold Challenge the Lady Bisons beat Akron 3-2. They then shut down Dayton 3-0 to close out the day at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.

“It was a good day,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We got two good wins. That’s the main thing right now is getting the wins we need to get at this point in the season.

“I am really proud of the way we came out today. I thought we brought a whole lot more energy than we have been playing with.”

But despite the wins Ryman stressed to her team the need to keep improving.

“One of the big challenges for this team moving forward is to understand what a complete game looks like from us,” Ryman said. “I told them one of the sources of my frustration, and the reason I stay on them, is because I know we can be better. I know we haven’t played a complete game yet.

“I think our pitching did some good things today, but were we as sharp as we could be defensively? Were we as sharp as we could be base running-wise or as sharp as we could be at the plate? The positive is we still got two wins out of it.”

The Lady Bisons had seven hits against Dayton and six against Akron.

Brittany Elmore slammed a game-high three hits against Akron. Elmore, Gracey Aguirre and Dee Baddley each had a double. Elmore and Laura Dukes both connected for two hits against Dayton.

“Offensively, we have to make adjustments sooner,” Ryman said. “We need to take things that we understand mechanically about our swings and be able to put them into action.

“That starts in practice. We practice hard, but we need to practice harder. We have put a big emphasis on our practice mentality lately and taking it up a notch. I think that is going to help us.”

Tanner Sanders, 4-5, threw a complete game against Akron. She scattered five hits, struck out 10 and walked one.

Kelly Young, 3-4, gave up five hits, walked one and struck out 11 in the Dayton win.

The Lady Bisons raised their record to 7-9.

QUICK HITS:

  • Young set a personal and team game high with 11 strikeouts in the shutout of Dayton. It was her second shutout of the season.

 Sanders also had a personal game high with 10 strikeouts against Akron.

  • Baddley made her first starts of the season serving as the designated player in both the Akron and Dayton games. She finished a combined 1-for-4 and scored one run.
  • The loss by Akron pitcher Erin Seiler to the Lady Bisons was only her second in eight decisions this season. She entered the game with a 1.60 earned run average.
  • Elmore’s three stolen bases in the Akron game were a personal single-game high and a team individual high. Elmore added another stolen base in the Dayton game. She is 13-for-13 for the season.

Aguirre and Abby Fenichel added a stolen base each. The five thefts by the Lady Bisons set a team single-game high.

  • Elmore had three hits against Akron and two hits against Dayton. She leads the team in multiple-hit games with five.

“That was big,” Ryman said. “Brittany is our table setter and she knows that. She has been in that role since she came here as a freshman.

“It was good to get back into the offense where Brittany was getting on base. She also got hit by a pitch so she was getting on base a lot. When she gets on base that makes our offense go when we follow that up with Paige Neely, Gracey and Abby.”

NEXT UP:

The Lady Bisons close out the Purple and Gold Challenge at 1:15 Sunday in a rematch with Dayton

Dayton and Akron will open the day at 11 a.m.

“I am anxious to see how we come out facing Dayton again,” Ryman said. “We have a better feel for what they do as a team and they have a better feel of what we do as a team.”