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February 27, 201612345RHE
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Lady Bisons softball powers to 9-1 win
Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons softball powers to 9-1 win

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The long ball once again propelled the Lipscomb softball team to a 9-1 win over Evansville Saturday morning in the second day of the Frost Classic.

The game ended in the bottom of the fifth due to the run-rule.

“We are walking a fine line right now as coaches because we know how much talent this team has,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “But we know we are also going to have some games where we are young and we will have to work through some things and learn some things.

“Unfortunately, Friday against Kentucky, we had some hard luck lessons to learn with a no-hitter and a lot of strikeouts.”

The Lady Bisons are back in action this afternoon at 3 against Eastern Illinois.

Lipscomb scored five runs in the third, sparked by a two-RBI double to right center by Caitlin Plocheck and a two-run homer off the scoreboard in center field at Frost Stadium by Sarah Higgins.

In the fifth the Lady Bisons added four more as Plocheck drove in two more runs with a home run to center field.

“The middle part of the order has been doing more lately,” Ryman said. “Plo has been struggling so it was really good to see her bust out in this game. I hope she continues that confidence and continues to see the ball bigger.”

The Lady Bisons pounded out 10 hits, three for extra bases.

“I thought we did such a good job,” Ryman said. “We have been talking so much lately that when you come out, and you are getting good pitches, you should attack early. As coaches we could over hear them saying `we are definitely going to hit this pitcher’. The confidence was brewing.

“From the get-go against Evansville we came out attacking. I think we saw a huge difference. Earlier in the game it wasn’t translating into runs yet, but we were getting runners on base. We were putting balls in play.”

Tanner Sanders, 3-3, struck out nine, walked one and hit two batters on the way to a one-hitter.

“It was a really good game for Tanner,” Ryman said. “She didn’t miss very much. She was on it.

“Tanner has continued to build. It was neat to see her throw a one hitter with nine strikeouts. She only had one walk and that was huge for her. She is keeping us in games and giving our offense a chance. She has had a great start so far for us this year.”

The Lady Bisons, winners of their last two games, evened their record at 6-6. Evansville falls to 9-4.

Base hits:

  • Higgins has home runs in back-to-back games.
  • This was the second in a row for the Lady Bisons due to the run-rule.
  • This was the second time this season Plocheck has driven in four runs. She had four against Iowa Feb. 20. She is tied with Abby Fenichel for the team lead.
  • The Lady Bisons have hit a season-high two home runs three times this season.
  • The 10 hits are one short of the season-high 11 against Southern Miss.
  • Plocheck and Higgins each have three multiple-RBI games and are tied for the team lead.

Next up: Lipscomb closes the tournament Sunday at 12:30 against Miami (Ohio).