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Win: RANDOLPH (8-3) 7.072218
Loss: SANDERS (8-11) 6.078543
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Win: YOUNG (9-5) 5.010015
Loss: DOBSON (3-6) 2.065501
ELMORE (LIP) 322000
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Game two shutout gives Lipscomb DH split
Saturday, April 2, 2016
By Mark McGee
Game two shutout gives Lipscomb DH split

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A combination of an offensive onslaught and solid pitching gave the Lipscomb softball team a split of an Atlantic Sun doubleheader with Florida Gulf Coast.

The Lady Bisons scored three runs in the first inning and six in the third on the way to a 9-0 win in the nightcap at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Saturday afternoon. The game was called after 4 ½ innings due to the run rule. In game one FGCU prevailed 9-2.

“I think that is kind of the tale of both of these teams,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We have both been up and down.

“After seeing what our players saw in game two they realized what they can do when they come out and attack and play our type of softball. What we are going to be aiming for Sunday is the same kind of game and attack we saw in game two.”

The final game of the series is Sunday at 1 p.m. It will be the final A-Sun home game of the season with the final three series to be played on the road.

In between games of the doubleheader Lipscomb held “Senior” Day honoring outfielder Dee Baddley, outfielder-infielder Brittany Elmore, pitcher Tanner Sanders, infielder Baylee Williams and pitcher Kelly Young.

Lipscomb started out strong in game two. Elmore opened with a single to the shortstop and then stole second base. Destinee Brewer singled to center to score Elmore. Abby Fenichel doubled off the wall in in left center to bring Brewer home. Sarah Higgins singled to right center to plate Fenichel.

In the third inning Elmore once again led off with a single, this time to left field. She stole second for the second time in the game. Brewer singled to third base moving Elmore to third.

Higgins doubled to bring home three runs. Williams then singled and went to second on an error by the third baseman that allowed Fenichel to score. Caitlin Plocheck singled down the left field line to bring in Higgins. Two more runs scored as Gibson reached on an error by the third baseman.

Elmore, Brewer and Higgins each had two hits as the Lady Bisons finished with nine.

“When we kind of get in that zone we see the talent we have in this lineup,” Ryman said. “That is what we have to get back to Sunday.”

Lipscomb is 19-18, 4-4 in the A-Sun. FGCU is 19-18. 3-2 in the conference. The Lady Bisons ended a four-game losing streak.

“The big message after game one was we have to help ourselves,” Ryman said. “We gave up way too many freebies whether it was errors or walks. In game two we did help ourselves.”

Young, 9-5, walked a batter in the second inning and gave up a single in the fifth. She struck out five hitters in her five innings.

“Kelly went out and did a great job in the first inning getting them one, two, three,” Ryman said. “She gave up a first pitch hit in the fifth. She worked deep in a couple of counts but not many.”

Game One

FGCU took control of the game early with three runs in the second. A throwing error with bases loaded to first base by Lipscomb third baseman Higgins allowed three runs to score.

“When we made the error everyone knew we were going to have a lot of work to do to come back from behind,” Ryman said. “The message at that point was to chip away.”

In the third FGCU added two more runs on a double to center field by Louie Ross.

Lipscomb scored a run in the fourth. With two out Williams doubled down the left field line into the corner for Lipscomb’s first hit of the game. Williams scored on a single that dropped into right center by Plocheck.

In the sixth Lipscomb added one more run. Fenichel doubled to center field with one out. Higgins singled down the right field line to bring Fenichel home.

FGCU opened the seventh with a pair of singles followed by a two-RBI double down the left field line by Racquel Fournet. Two other runs came in when a batter was hit by a pitch with bases loaded and another batter walked with bases full.

Tanner Sanders, 8-11, pitched six innings. She scattered seven hits and gave up eight runs, five earned. She walked four and struck out three.

Mandy Jordan came on in relief in the seventh. She allowed one run. She walked three, hit one batter and struck out one.

Riley Randolph, 8-3, went the distance for FGCU. She gave up seven hits and two runs, both earned. She walked one and struck out eight.

“Randolph did a good job in game one,” Ryman said. “Other than some film that was our first time to see her.

“She does a nice job with her pitches. She can attack you and get you out of your zone and your rhythm in a hurry. But we had more hits than she usually allows. We also had more strikeouts than she usually gets.”

Ryman anticipates seeing Randolph in the circle again Sunday.

“We have to be in more of an attack mode with good pitches,” Ryman said. “I thought we were chasing pitches a lot, some early, some late. That is what good pitchers do. We have to be more disciplined.”

Base hits

  • Lipscomb combined for five stolen bases, two in game one with one each Williams and Brewer; and three in game two with a pair from Elmore and one from Gibson.
  • Brewer has 10 stolen bases for the season joining Elmore in double figures. Elmore has 18.
  • Higgins combined for four RBI with one in game one and three in game two.
  • It was the 12th time this season Higgins has connected for more than one hit and the ninth time she has driven in more than one run in a game.
  • Elmore has hits in her last seven games, the longest current streak on the team. Higgins has hits in her last four games.

Next up: Lipscomb is back at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Wednesday night for a doubleheader with UAB starting at 4.