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Williams' solo shot lifts softball over Southern Illinois
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Williams' solo shot lifts softball over Southern Illinois

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Baylee Williams is not your typical softball power hitter.

Williams is listed generously on the roster as standing 5-foot-3. Despite her size the junior second baseman packs a wallop with a bat.

Wednesday night she led off the sixth inning with a homer over the left field fence for what proved to be the winning run in a 3-2 win over Southern Illinois at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.

It was the first game for the Lady Bisons since March 3.

“Baylee has a good swing,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “When you are as small as she is in order to pack a punch you have to have pretty good mechanics. You have to go up and take your hacks.

“You have to swing at quality pitches. She doesn’t chase a whole lot of pitches. She got a quality pitch to hit.”

The Lady Bisons spotted Southern Illinois a two-run lead in the top of the first.

The Lady Bisons added a run in the bottom of the first as Gracey Aguirre hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Brittany Elmore.

They tied the game in the second on a sacrifice fly to center field by Paige Neely to send Brianne Welch home.

“When you have a long layoff the way that we did you are excited to finally get back on the field and you are ready to get back on the field, but sometimes you can look sloppy.

“Although we didn’t have the start that we wanted I thought the game as a whole showed we have really taken some steps forward during the layoff.  We have had some good practices and a chance to hone in on some things offensively and defensively.”

Williams’ home run, her second in as many games, was the difference maker.

Tanner Sanders started the game for the Lady Bisons and evened her record at 5-5. In six innings she allowed four hits and two runs, one earned. She struck out five and walked five.

Kelly Young relieved in the seventh with one runner on base. She struck out two and forced a pop up to shortstop to close out the game and earn the save.

“I certainly think Tanner could have finished the game,” Ryman said. “We just thought since Southern Illinois had the top of the order we decided to go with Kelly and give them a different look.

“Kelly came in and did exactly what we needed and more. I could be more proud of her and what she did coming out of the bullpen.”

The Lady Bisons are 9-10, having won four of their last five games. Southern Illinois is 5-9-1.

QUICK HITS:

  • Williams leads the Lady Bisons in RBI with 11. Aguirre is close behind with 10. 
  • Elmore has a five-game hitting streak. She also has reached base in her last six games. Abby Fenichel has the long streak having reached base in her last seven games.
  • Elmore led the Lady Bisons with two hits. Mimi Cartwright added a double.
  • Dee Baddley made her second start of the season in left field.
  • Williams has home runs in her last two games including a grand slam March 3 at UAB.

ON DECK:

The Lady Bisons travel to Raleigh, North Carolina Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Hyatt Place Invitational hosted by North Carolina State.

They will face Missouri and North Carolina State Friday. Saturday they open the day with Longwood and close with Binghamton.

Sunday they will play Fordham in a single game.

This is the last regular season tournament for the Lady Bisons.