NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is tough to sweep a three-game series.
The Lipscomb softball team experienced that problem firsthand Saturday in a 4-0 loss to Jacksonville in an Atlantic Sun game at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Lipscomb won the first two games of the series Friday night.
“We were one of three teams in the conference who swept doubleheaders Friday and all three of us struggled to win the third game,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “That is the nature of this conference. Mentally and physically we have to do more.
“We are always going to have to bring that extra fight in conference games. I thought we came out a little bit flat. We just lacked a little bit of energy we needed early on. We have to understand that on the second day of a three-game series it is going to be tougher.”
The Lady Bisons are 18-15 overall, 3-3 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville is 17-19, 2-4 in the conference.
Jacksonville pitcher Victoria Brown, 11-10, did everything she could to win her own game.
At the plate she hit a pair of home runs. In the fifth she connected for a two-run shot over the left center field fence for a 2-0 Jacksonville lead.
In the sixth Jacksonville took advantage of two errors, combined with two hits, for one run and a 3-0 lead.
Brown added an insurance run in the seventh with a solo homer off of the scoreboard in right center.
“We let one player really hurt us all the way around,” Ryman said. “Any time you are playing a team with a standout player like that you have to find ways not to let that player beat you. Brown did a nice job, but we didn’t do enough to stop her.”
In the circle Brown scattered four hits, struck out one and walked two.
“She attacked us in a similar way Saturday,” Ryman said. “We struggled right off the bat to get some solid hits. It wasn’t until later that we started to make some adjustments.”
Caitlin Plocheck had the only extra bases hit for the Lady Bisons. She slammed a double to right center in the seventh inning.
“I thought Plo’s at bats were a whole lot better than they have been and that is a good sign,” Ryman said. “We need to see her continue to make progress and find little ways to be better every day. Down the stretch we are going to need her clicking.”
Brittany Elmore. Kasey Gibson and Destinee Brewer each had one hit for Lipscomb.
Kelly Young, 8-5, started in the circle for Lipscomb. In 5.1 innings she scattered four hits, walked three, hit one batter and struck out eight.
Tanner Sanders finished the game for Lipscomb. In 1.2 innings she gave up the one home run, hit one batter and struck out two.
- Becca Dean, who was declared eligible to return to the team during Friday night’s doubleheader, made her first appearance of the season as a pinch-runner.
- Plocheck added to her team-leading doubles total. She has six for the season.
- Elmore has a three-game hitting streak, the longest current one on the team.
Next up: The University of Tennessee makes its first appearance at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a single game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.