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Lipscomb softball loses to Furman in 8 innings
Friday, March 4, 2016
By Mark McGee
Lipscomb softball loses to Furman in 8 innings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A game that begins with the opposition’s lead-off batter hitting a home run is probably not going to end well.

Such was the case for the Lipscomb softball team Friday night in the final game of the first day of the Purple and Gold Challenge at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium in a 7-3 eight inning loss to Furman.

“Any time you start a game and the very first pitch is a home run is going to give your team a lot of confidence and energy,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We have to go out and compete.

“We have to have a fighter-competitive mentality. I think it starts in practice. Are you truly competing in practice or are you just kind of there and taking your cuts? It starts in pregame in getting yourself into a competitive frame of mind. We need to have more of a business-like attitude.”

The Lady Bisons are back in action Saturday for two games in the Purple and Gold Challenge. They will play Troy at 12:30 and Youngstown State at 3 p.m.

Troy and Indiana State will open the day at 10 a.m. Youngstown State and Furman meet in the final game of the day at 5:30.

The leadoff hitter for Furman, Candace Johnson, slammed the first pitch of the game by Tanner Sanders over the center field fence. Furman would add one more in the fifth.

In the eighth Furman went deep again as Anna Rose Borrelli connected for a grand slam to left field with one out.

“Obviously, the two home runs hurt,” Ryman said. “I didn’t think the first one hurt as much though we didn’t score until late in the game. Obviously, the grand slam hurt us.

“We talked about it in the win against Louisville and after losing the second game against Louisville. We have to be able to score runners when we get them on second and third.”

Lipscomb fought back with runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Brittany Elmore, the tying run in the eighth, was at the plate with two outs and bases loaded but grounded out to first to end the game.

“We are not clicking,” Ryman said. “We are overthinking some. We have to go up and compete. I like the fight we showed at the end. We are a young team with a lot to learn.

“We are seeing a lot of thinking at the plate as opposed to competing. If we can get past that it will make all of the difference in the world in this team.”

It was a hard luck game for Sanders, 5-4 for the season. She struck out a season-high 12 batters, but scattered seven hits including the two home runs in 7.1 innings. She also walked six and hit a batter.

Kelly Young threw the final two-thirds of the game. She struck out one and hit one batter.

The Lady Bisons out hit Furman 10-7. Sarah Higgins and Destinee Brewer each had two hits.

Lipscomb is 9-8. Furman is 9-11.

Base hits

  • Young made her first appearances at the plate this season serving as the designated player. She got her first hit and an RBI with a single through the left side in the eighth.
  • Brewer was caught stealing for the first time this season. She entered the game four-for-four.

Next: Sunday the Lady Bisons close out the Purple and Gold Challenge against Indiana State at 2:30 p.m. Troy and Furman are scheduled to play at noon.