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Tennessee Tech030126X12114
Win: THOMAS (3-5) 2.222111
Loss: SANDERS (8-10) 1.055511
BREWER (LIP) 522100
GREEN (LIP) 212120
BENNETT (TTU) 333412
Lipscomb falls short in softball slugfest
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
By Mark McGee
Lipscomb falls short in softball slugfest

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – In what could never be called a pitching duel Tennessee Tech out-slugged Lipscomb 12-8 Tuesday night.

After it was over the two teams combined for 21 hits, including five home runs, a triple and four doubles. Each side also used three pitchers.

Lipscomb struck first with a run in the second inning. In the bottom of the second Tennessee Tech took a 3-1 lead on an RBI-double and a two-run homer to right field by Leigh Thomas.

In the fourth Lipscomb took over the lead with four runs. Dee Baddley singled up the middle to score Khayla Green and Malorie Giere. Destinee Brewer tripled to right field to score Baddley.

Tennessee Tech added a run in the bottom of the fourth on a homer to left center by Olivia Bennett.

Lipscomb scored a run in the fifth on a double to left center by Green to score Caitlin Plocheck who led off the inning with a walk.

The 6-4 lead for Lipscomb was erased in the bottom of the fifth as Bennett connected for a two-RBI single to tie the game.

A two-run homer by Sarah Higgins to right center put Lipscomb ahead 8-6 in the top of the sixth.

Tennessee Tech exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth with a double that scored three runs, a two-run homer to left field by Sabrie Neeb and a solo shot to center field by Bennett.

Mandy Jordan started in the circle for Lipscomb. In 4.2 innings she scattered five hits and allowed six runs, five earned. She struck out five and walked three.

Tanner Sanders, 8-10, came on in relief and pitched one inning. She faced eight batters and gave up five hits and five runs, all earned. She struck out one batter and walked one.

McCarley Thomas threw one-third of an inning. She gave up one hit, the last home run.

Lipscomb collected 10 hits. Brewer, Green and Baylee Williams each hit two.

Leigh Thomas, 3-5, was the winner for Tennessee Tech.

Lipscomb is 18-17 overall. Tennessee tech, from the Ohio Valley Conference, is 12-19.

Base hits

  • Thomas made her first appearance in the circle this season.
  • Giere got her first hit and scored her first run of the season.
  • Higgins leads Lipscomb with eight multiple-RBI games.
  • Elmore extended her team-leading current hitting streak to five games.
  • Brewer has eight multi-hit games.
  • Green, making her first start since March 13, played right field in place of Kasey Gibson. Green hit her second double of the season.

Next up: The Lady Bisons return to Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Saturday and Sunday for the final Atlantic Sun series of the season against Florida Gulf Coast. On Saturday the Lady Bisons will honor their five seniors at 1 p.m. The final game of the series is Sunday at 1.

The final three A-Sun series will be on the road.