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|Win: YOUNG (4-4)||2.0||0||0||0||2||2|
|Loss: SNYDER (1-3)||3.2||1||1||0||1||1|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On a cold, rainy day at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Mimi Cartwright was a bright spot for the Lipscomb Bisons softball team.
With two out in the eighth inning Cartwright, the designated player, lined a double into the gap in right center to score Brittany Elmore from third for a 3-2 win over Dayton in the final game of the Courtyard by Marriott-Brentwood Purple and Gold Challenge Sunday afternoon.
“I felt good about Mimi coming to the plate in that situation,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We had been talking to the players about looking for the pitch they wanted and then making sure they are getting the bat through the ball. She did a phenomenal job of staying strong through that pitch.”
The eighth inning was played under international rules. The last batter for each team in the seventh inning is placed on second base in the eighth inning.
Dayton advanced a runner to third in the top of the eighth but Lipscomb pitcher Kelly Young forced Kailee Budicin to pop out to right field to end the inning.
“Any time you are playing international rules it is a key when you can go out and keep the other team from scoring first,” Ryman said. “I would prefer not to play international rules but when you are playing a tournament it is better to use international rules to keep everything moving.
Elmore started on second base for Lipscomb in the bottom of the eighth. Paige Neely laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Elmore to third. Gracey Aguirre flied out to center field. Abby Fenichel was intentionally walked setting the stage for Cartwright’s hit.
“Mimi has so much talent potential,” Ryman said. “She has been hitting the ball pretty well early but hasn’t turned them into as many hits as she would like.”
Ryman pointed to the efforts of Elmore and Neely as major keys to the inning and to ultimately the victory.
“Anytime you can have your fastest runner start on second base is big,” Ryman said. “Brittany is not only fast. She has a lot of game savvy.
“We called on Paige to do something she usually doesn’t do. Usually she moves a runner without having to bunt.”
Dayton opened the game with a run in the first inning. They added another run in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Bisons fought back in the fifth and tied the game on two runs as Baylee Williams singled to drive in a run. Williams scored from third base on a wild pitch for the second run of the inning.
Tanner Sanders started the game for the Lady Bisons. She pitched six innings and gave up six hits and two runs, both earned. She struck out five and walked two. She also hit three batters.
Kelly Young, 4-4, came on in relief and picked up the win. She did not allow a hit or a run in two innings. She struck out two and walked two.
The Lady Bisons raised their record to 8-9. Dayton slipped to 5-8.
“On a day when we didn’t have our best stuff we found a way to grind it out,” Ryman said. “It was huge for us as a team to fight this one out and get the win.”
- Rainy weather was an issue most of the day. Ryman commended the grounds crew members – Alex Ross, Lint Smith and Alexander McMeen for their hard work.
“They did a phenomenal job,” Ryman said.
- Elmore batted .600 for the three games with a 6-for-10 performance. She scored three times, had one double and her first RBI of the season from the lead-off spot.
She also stole five bases on five attempts. She is 14-of-14 this season.
- Young was 2-0 for the weekend including a 3-0 shutout of Dayton Saturday. She threw a combined nine scoreless innings and struck out 13 while walking three and giving up only five hits.
- Caitlin Plocheck added a double for the Lady Bisons, the first of her college career.
- The Lady Bisons have won their last three games.
The Lady Bisons travel to Birmingham, Alabama Tuesday to face UAB in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.