FORT MYERS, Fla. - During a long postgame meeting freshman center fielder Destinee Brewer may have summed up Lipscomb softball’s situation the best.
“There is nothing we can do about it at this point,” Brewer told the team. “We have to go out and leave it all out there against Stetson. We are playing for our lives now.”
The Lady Bisons will have to fight out of the loser’s bracket the rest of the way after falling 3-0 to Kennesaw State in the first day of the Atlantic Sun Tournament at the FGCU Softball Complex Wednesday night.
Lipscomb is 26-28 overall. Kennesaw State is 28-26. Stetson is 29-23.
“There were times in this game where I thought they outplayed us,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “This is such a great team. I love coaching this team. But we have to find a way to come out and put it all together and outplay somebody.”
The Lady Bisons will face No. 3-seeded Stetson at 2 p.m. Thursday. Stetson lost 2-1 in 11-innings to No. 6 seed Jacksonville. The loser goes home in the double elimination tournament.
“We have to come out and fight every single pitch,” Ryman said. “We have to feel extremely exhausted at the end of the game whether you are on the bench or playing in the game if you are truly leaving it out there. What do have to lose at this time of the year by leaving it all out there?
“We have to find a way to hit. We have to put some things together offensively. Two hits isn’t going to beat many teams in this tournament.”
In the loss to Kennesaw State the Lady Bisons managed only two hits. Caitlin Plocheck had a double to right center with two outs in the top of the second. Brittany Elmore looped a single over the third baseman for the other hit for Lipscomb.
Neither team had a great night at the plate. Kennesaw State managed only three hits, but Ryman stressed it was the way the Owls took advantage of their opportunities that made the difference.
“I thought both pitching staffs did a nice job again,” Ryman said. “Neither team hit well.
“The difference was they took advantage of the freebies and we didn’t. It is just a small difference in a game.”
Lipscomb started Tanner Sanders walked Kara Chambers to start the fourth inning. She went to second on a sac play and to third on a single. Chambers scored on a fielder’s choice.
In the fifth Missy Perkowski reached on a fielding error and then scored on a double left center by Chambers. A double to left field by Taylor Denton plated Chambers.
Sanders, 9-15, pitched 4.2 innings. She gave up two hits and three runs, one earned. She struck out two and walked two.
Kelly Young closed out the game giving up one hit, walking one and striking out two in 1.1 innings.
Logan Viers went the distance for Kennesaw State. She walked one and struck out seven. She also hit one batter, Kasey Gibson.
“I thought Viers threw a good game, but I thought we went down swinging way too many times,” Ryman said. “She had at least one strikeout in every inning. She started or ended every inning with a strikeout.
“She set the tone right off the bat when she struck out Brittany (Elmore). We struggled after that.”
- Plocheck has 12 doubles this season.
- The Lady Bisons lost the regular season series with Stetson 2-1 on the road. They lost 2-0 and 3-1 and won 9-4.
- The last time Lipscomb faced Stetson in the A-Sun Tournament was last year in Fort Myers. The two teams played twice with the Lady Bisons winning 1-0 and 8-0.
Lipscomb has a 5-3 record against Stetson in the A-Sun Tournament. In two of those losses Stetson put the Lady Bisons out of the tournament in 2008 and 2007.