NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was a game of threes for the Lipscomb softball team.
Wednesday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium the Lady Bisons beat Tennessee Tech from the Ohio Valley Conference 7-2.
Abby Fenichel and Caitlin Plocheck each drove in three runs. Plocheck also had a game-high three hits. Kasey Gibson scored a game high three runs. Pitcher McCarley Thomas held the Golden Eagles to three hits.
“Early in the game we didn’t have a lot of hits on the board,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We were hitting the ball pretty solid, but we weren’t getting all the way through it like we can. The result of that was we were getting a lot of hard ground outs right at people.
“I thought Abby and Plocheck were doing a better job of getting their bats all the way through and as a result they were getting more line drives. I thought they helped carry us through the early part with their RBI and key hits.”
Lipscomb, 25-9, is 12-0 at home this season. Tennessee Tech slips to 9-20.
Thomas spotted Tennessee Tech one run in the first. Lipscomb answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on a ground ball single up the middle by Plocheck to score Gibson who reached base on an error by the shortstop.
In the second Lipscomb took a 2-1 lead when Fenichel singled to bring home Peyton Ward.
Lipscomb posted three runs in the fourth sparked by a two-run double to left field by Plocheck.
Tennessee Tech added a run in the sixth when Aaila Bivens opened the inning with a home run to left center.
The Lady Bisons added two more in the sixth on a two-run home run blast by Fenichel.
Thomas, 8-5, gave up a home run, a double and a single. She struck out five and walked two.
“That is how Tennessee Tech is built,” Ryman said. “They get up to the plate and hack. McCarley was a good match up for them because she can change speeds and planes. She did a really great job of rebounding after the first inning.
“She gave up the double in the first inning and the runner was able to score. It is not the way we want to start a first inning. McCarley did a good job of rebounding. Almost 50 percent of Tennessee Tech’s hits are for extra bases.”
Kayla Hughes, 1-2, took the loss for Tennessee Tech. She gave up five runs, one earned, on four hits. She walked two and did not strike out a batter.
Leigh Ellen Thomas pitched 2.1 innings. She scattered three hits for two runs, both earned. She did not walk or strike out a batter.
- Plocheck has 12 multiple-hit games and has finished with three hits five times. She also has five multiple-RBI games putting her in a four-way tie for first on the team.
- Fenichel has four multiple-RBI games.
- Plocheck has 11 doubles.
- Peyton Ward stole two bases giving her 16 for the season.
“I thought Peyton did a good job on both sides of the ball,” Ryman said. “When we can get her going offensively she is always going to be a steal threat. Defensively she is a really special one for us. It was good to see her have a good all-around game.”
Next up: The Lady Bisons return to ASUN Conference action Saturday and Sunday when they face Jacksonville on the road. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 11 a.m. Sunday’s single game is scheduled for 11 a.m.