KENNESAW, Ga. – The second season ended on a less than happy note for the Lipscomb softball team. Now it is on to the third.
A sixth inning rally was not enough as the Lady Bisons closed out the regular season with a 4-3 loss Saturday to Kennesaw State at Bailey Park. Lipscomb finished the regular season overall with a 26-27 record, 8-10 in the Atlantic Sun. Kennesaw State, which took the series 2-1, is 27-26, 8-10 in the conference.
Coach Kristin Ryman told her players not to take this loss on the bus home. Instead, she wants them to focus on the third season which begins Wednesday with the A-Sun Tournament at Fort Myers, Florida.
“You have the beginning of the season in February and then the conference season starts,” Ryman said. “This is essentially a third season.
“We have said it all season long that this is strange conference. Anybody can legitimately win this tournament and I think everybody knows that. No one is feeling safe.”
The Lady Bisons will head into the tournament as the No. 5 seed. Kennesaw State is the No 4 seed. The two teams will face each other once again in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
“The reality is we have to turn around and face them again,” Ryman said. “We aren’t facing someone we haven’t seen in a couple of months.
“It is going to be a matter of who is going to come out and execute and who wants it more. With everything we do in practice heading into the tournament we have to have fire about us.”
Kennesaw State scored one run in the first and another run in the second. The Lady Bisons had opened the game with runners on second and third with no outs, but three strikeouts ended the threat.
A triple by Courtney Sutter brought in the run in the first. A single by Taylor Denton accounted for the run in the second.
A two-RBI double by Hillary Kartman in the fifth gave the Owls a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Bisons scored three runs in the sixth to close the gap as Brittany Elmore led off the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Abby Fenichel. Destinee Brewer scored on a throwing error and Baylee Williams was driven in by single from Sarah Higgins.
“I loved the fight we showed late in the game,” Ryman said. “They certainly made errors to help us, but we did a good job of taking advantage of those errors.
“The thing we continue to do as a team is leaving too many opportunities on base early in a game.”
Brewer led Lipscomb with two hits.
Kelly Young, 13-11, started in the circle for Lipscomb. In 4.2 innings she scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out five. Three of the four runs she allowed were earned.
Tanner Sanders closed out the game pitching 1.1 innings. She gave up one hit and walked one.
Logan Viers, 12-9, picked up the win. In five innings she allowed four hits and two runs, one earned. She struck out six and walked one. Morgan Sikes threw the final two innings and gave up one hit and one run.
- This was the first time Kennesaw State has swept the Lady Bisons since 2013. All three games were decided by one run as the Owls lost the first game and won the last two.
- This was the fourth triple of the season for Elmore.
- Higgins made her first start at third base since April 9.