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Win: Emily Goodin (6-4) 3.000023
Loss: JORDAN (10-3) 7.1531011
GREEN (LIP) 101110
BREWER (LIP) 311000
Gabbi Jenkins (IND) 401100
Taylor Uden (IND) 311201
Aimilia McDonough (IND) 201000
Shayna Gamm (IND) 301000
Bella Norton (IND) 101000
Softball singing the blues as bats go missing
Friday, March 10, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball singing the blues as bats go missing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis is a good city to be in if you want to sing the blues.

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons certainly have more than enough reasons to do some wailing on a Friday night after losing a pair of softball games, both in eight innings, on the first day of the University of Memphis Tournament.

After falling 3-1 to Western Illinois in the first game, the Lady Bisons lost their final outing of the day 3-2 to Indiana at the Memphis Softball Complex. Lipscomb is 16-7. Indiana is 8-13.

The Hoosiers used a two-run homer by Taylor Uden, her first of the season, to take a two-run lead in the second inning.

Lipscomb came back with a run in the third. Destinee Brewer led off with a single to the pitcher. She stole second and then went to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Abby Fenichel singled to left field to score Brewer.

In the sixth Lipscomb added another run to tie the game. Sarah Higgins and Hannah DeVault walked and both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Chloe Yeager. Higgins tied the game when she scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Khayla Green.

An RBI-single in the eighth gave Indiana the win.

Hitting was an issue for the Lady Bisons. They entered the day having connected for nine or more hits in six of their last seven games. For the two games Friday they collected three hits in each game.

Only one of those hits was for extra bases, a double by Kasey Gibson against Western Illinois.

Fenichel, Green and Brewer each had a single against Indiana.

Mandy Jordan, 10-3, went the route for Lipscomb, She scattered five hits and three runs, one earned. She was one short of equaling her season high with 11 strikeouts. She did not walk a batter.

Tara Trainer started for Indiana and threw five innings. She gave up two runs, one earned. She struck out six and walked three.

Emily Goodin, 6-4, picked up the win. She came in after Lipscomb scored the run in the sixth and did not give up a run the rest of the way in three innings. She did not allow a hit while striking out three and walking two.

Scorebook notes:

  • Higgins drew a walk and extended her on base string to 14 games, second highest of the season. Fenichel, with a walk and hit, has been on base in her last 12 games.
  • Fenichel stole her second base of the day in the Indiana game.
  • Peyton Ward has 12 thefts with one against Indiana.
  • The Lady Bisons are 1-3 in eight-inning games this season.
  • It is the first time the Lady Bisons have lost back-to-back games since starting the season 0-2.

Next up: Lipscomb has some time to rest Saturday. Weather permitting they will play Memphis, the host, at 3:45. At 6 p.m. the Lady Bisons will be back on the field to play Buffalo. They are scheduled to play their final game Sunday at 9 a.m. against Oakland.