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Win: YOUNG (13-10) 7.0511111
Loss: Viers (11-9) 7.032124
HIGGINS (LIP) 301000
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Win: Sikes (12-6) 7.050012
Loss: SANDERS (9-14) 6.051146
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Softball splits A-Sun doubleheader at KSU
Friday, May 6, 2016
Softball splits A-Sun doubleheader at KSU

KENNESAW, GA. – The old saying of when the going gets tough, the tough get going was never truer than in the Atlantic Sun softball doubleheader between Lipscomb and Kennesaw State.

In the nightcap on a chilly Friday night at Bailey Park on the Kennesaw State campus the Lady Bisons dropped a 1-0 decision after winning the opener 2-1.

“I told our girls after the second game that they have to expect games like this the rest of the way,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We have to be up to the challenge of close games.

“I love how we handled it in game one. I love how Kelly Young finished it. In game two I thought Tanner Sanders had a great game. We had a lot of opportunities to score in game two and we didn’t take care of it when we needed to do it.”

Both teams are 26-26 overall. Lipscomb is 8-9 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State is 7-10. Both teams are still in the battle along with North Florida for the final two spots in the A-Sun Tournament.

The third game of the series, and the final regular season game, is Saturday at 4 p.m.

“This goes to show that even though our teams have a lot of differences between us we are two evenly-matched teams,” Ryman said. “There are different styles at times between the two teams, but I knew we were going to come in and be challenged and that we were facing potentially two close games. And that is exactly what happened.”

A leadoff double in the sixth by Kennesaw State’s Courtney Sutter set the stage for the game’s lone run. Two singles would follow after one out. With the bases loaded Katie Cannington walked to bring home Hannah Thomason who pinch ran for Sutter.

“We had the one batter where Tanner kind of lost it for a second and then regained her control and got out of the inning,” Ryman said. “It stinks to lose a game that way.

“I thought we did a good job of getting the barrel on the ball, but we hit it right at people or Kennesaw made a good play,” Ryman said. “I knew they were going to be low scoring games. We have to come out Saturday and take what we learned today and be better.”

Sanders struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

The Lady Bisons left bases loaded in the fourth and stranded two in the seventh. Both teams left eight runners on base.

Sanders, 9-14, scattered five hits, walked four and struck out six.

Morgan Sikes, 12-6, threw a complete game for the Owls. She also gave up five hits while walking one, hitting two batters and striking out two.

Destinee Brewer led the Lady Bisons with two hits, both singles.

In game one a strong pitching performance by Young and some power hitting from Abby Fenichel combined to give the Lady Bisons the advantage.

Young, 13-10, held Kennesaw State to five hits. She struck out 11 batters, including the last seven she faced. She closed out the fifth with a strikeout swinging and then struck out three swinging in the sixth and three looking in the seventh.

She only walked one batter. In the fourth Kennesaw State’s Hillary Kartman drove in a run with a single through the left side.

The Lady Bisons took the lead in the top of the third when Fenichel blasted a shot that bounced off the top of the fence in left field. Brittany Elmore, who had reached base on an error by the first baseman also scored.

Logan Viers went the distance for Kennesaw State. She only allowed three hits, but two were for extra bases. In addition to Fenichel’s home run Sarah Higgins bounced a double off of the right field wall in the second.

Caitlin Plocheck added a single in the second.

Base hits

  • Higgins was the starter at designated person in both games.
  • Fenichel’s home run is her eighth of the season, second best on the team.
  • Lipscomb has won six of the last eight meetings with Kennesaw State.