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March 25, 20161234567RHE
Win: SANDERS (8-8) 7.041105
Loss: Victoria Brown (10-10) 6.033304
Danielle Baker (JU) 312101
ELMORE (LIP) 311000
HIGGINS (LIP) 201000
March 25, 20161234567RHE
Win: YOUNG (8-4) 7.0100015
Loss: Paige Curtis (4-3) 6.073002
Allie McCourt (JU) 201000
HIGGINS (LIP) 302000
Young's one-hitter seals softball doubleheader sweep
Friday, March 25, 2016
By Mark McGee
Young's one-hitter seals softball doubleheader sweep

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb right-hander Kelly Young threw a one-hit, 3-0 shutout in the nightcap as Lipscomb swept an Atlantic Sun doubleheader from Jacksonville.

“What an outstanding performance by Kelly whether she ends up with 15 strikeouts or less than that,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “She had a lot of pitches working really well.”

Ryman gave credit to pitching coach Megan Rhodes Smith for the games she called as Young and Tanner Sanders combined for 13 straight scoreless innings.

“Coach Smith had them fooled a lot, but a lot of it was Kelly hitting her spots,” Ryman said. “Kelly executed what was called extremely well.

“They just seemed to have a tough time timing her. They struggled with her changeup some. When she has her harder stuff and her changeup working she is extremely hard to hit. I am really proud of the effort she gave.”

Lipscomb won the first game 3-1 Friday at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The two teams close out the series Saturday at 1. Lipscomb is 18-14, 3-2 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville falls to 16-19, 1-4 in the conference.

“We need another good defensive and pitching outing Sunday and we need to find a way to get some runs,” Ryman said. “I think we have the best pitching in the conference.

“It is extremely tough to win on Sunday and beat a team the second time around. We are starting to see what can happen in games when Young and Sanders bring it the way they have this weekend.”

The Lady Bisons connected for seven hits against Jacksonville’s Paige Curtis.

Dee Baddley drove in what proved to be the winning runs with a double that scored Young and Caitlin Plocheck in the second inning.

“Dee is just a fighter,” Ryman said. “She is that player everybody is rooting for. She works so hard, not only on her physical game but the mental side of the game.

“She talks to coach Smith constantly about the mental side of the game. I know the mental side is a huge part of the game for her. It was fun for us to see her not only get a hit and get on base, but get a key hit.”

Lipscomb added one more run in the fourth as Abby Fenichel, who had opened the inning with a single to center field, eventually scored on a throwing error by Jacksonville’s catcher.

Sarah Higgins led with a game-high two hits. Young, and Brewer also had doubles.

“We have to make sure we are staying in attack mode,” Ryman said. “I liked our approach at the plate in both games. I thought we made adjustments early in both games.”

Game 1, 3-1, Lipscomb

It was a sister act for both Lipscomb and Jacksonville.

In game one Jacksonville’s Danielle Baker knocked the first pitch from Tanner Sanders over the center field fence.

Her sister, Lipscomb’s Fenichel, answered in the bottom of the first with a three-run blast over the fence in left center.

Those would be the only runs scored in the game.

Sanders, 8-8, settled down and gave up four hits and struck out five. She did not walk a batter.

Victoria Brown, 10-10, allowed three hits. She struck out four and did not issue a walk.

Each pitcher walked one batter.

Base hits

  • It was Baddley’s first two-RBI game of the season and her career.
  • Becca Dean returned to the team for the second game. She had decided to sit out the season, but was cleared by the NCAA to play the rest of the season. She is wearing No. 12.
  • The doubles were the first for Baddley and Brewer this season.
  • It was the fourth time this season Lipscomb has connected for three doubles in a game.
  • Young has 10 or more strikeouts in six games this season.
  • Young tied for her all-time strikeout high. She struck out 15 batters March 28 of last season against Northern Kentucky.
  • The team record for strikeouts in a game in NCAA Division I is 18 by Whitney Kiihnl against Mercer April 17, 2009.
  • Higgins has 11 multiple-hit games.
  • Neither Sanders nor Young walked a batter.
  • Fenichel has hit five home runs.

Next up: The University of Tennessee visits Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a single game.