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Win: THOMAS (3-3) 6.085538
Loss: SHARP (2-5) 3.056641
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An ugly win still looks good as softball wins home debut
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
By Mark McGee
An ugly win still looks good as softball wins home debut

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It isn’t a box score that Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman will lovingly fold away in an album of her coaching career.

But the Lady Bisons, 11-5, did beat Wright State, 2-9, Wednesday afternoon at an often blustery Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The come-from-behind 7-5 win was the home opener for Lipscomb.

“It was not the prettiest win,” Ryman said. “But it was a win and all wins are good ones.”

Lipscomb starter McCarley Thomas struggled early in the first inning giving up a walk and a single to start. That set the stage of a three-run homer by Vivi Marquez. Thomas got the next three batters and did not allow another run until the sixth inning.

Lipscomb struck for one run in the second on a one-out home run blast down the left field line by Abby White.

In the third the Lady Bisons exploded for five runs with an RBI-double by Caitlin Plocheck and a two-RBI double to left center by Abby Fenichelas the two big hits.

Wright State added a run in the sixth. In the seventh Honnah Susor tripled to center field and scored on a single. With no outs and a runner on base Chloe Yeager came on to relieve Thomas.

Yeager gave up a single, but she also struck out one batter. She was able to shut down Wright State the rest of the way to earn the save.

“They were hitting Chloe, but she came in and did a good job of throwing strikes,” Ryman said. “That is what we needed in that situation.”

Thomas, 3-3, scattered eight hits and gave up five runs, all earned. She struck out eight and walked three.

“Mac knows she can be sharper,” Ryman said. “A lot of it is her grinding back after being ill this past weekend.

“We asked a lot out of her to come out and start this game. I think she was feeling well, but her body wasn’t always cooperating. She gave us what she could give us.”

Ashley Sharp and Ally Russell each pitched three innings for Wright State. They combined to allow nine hits, seven runs, all earned. They struck out one batter apiece and combined to walk seven. Sharp, 2-5, took the loss.

“At times we hit the ball well,” Ryman said. “We left 10 runners on and left bases loaded twice. Any time you don’t capitalize on situations like that you leave the door open and late in the game they found a way to make it interesting.

“We were dealing with the wind, but I thought there were a couple of moments where we could have busted the game open.”

Scorebook notes:

  • Plocheck led with a game-high three hits, the second time this season with three. She is second on the team behind Kasey Gibson with six multiple-hit games.
  • Gibson sang the "National Anthem" before the start of the game.
  • Fenichel drove in two runs, the third time this season she has produced multiple RBI in a game. She is tied for first place on the team in that category.
  • Yeager has thrown seven innings in relief and has not given up a run.
  • Yeager earned her first save to go with two wins.
  • White hit her first collegiate home run.
  • Gibson and Fenichel are tied for the team lead with a current hitting streak of five games.
  • Plocheck hit two doubles in the game and has eight for the season.
  • Plocheck has at least one hit in 15 of 16 games.

Next up: It is a big weekend ahead for the Lady Bisons as they host the Purple and Gold Challenge with Stony Brook, Valparaiso and Eastern Illinois visiting for games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.