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A rough start in game two forces a split for softball
Friday, April 14, 2017
A rough start in game two forces a split for softball

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was the type of evening that keeps coaches up late at night.

Sometimes there are just not enough sheep in the world to count to make you forget a twist in fortune.

After winning the first game 8-1 Friday night the Lipscomb Lady Bisons fell 5-0 to North Florida splitting the first two games of a key ASUN Conference series at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.

“It will interesting to see how both teams come out Saturday,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We are coming off a big game one and a disappointing game two.

“We have talked to everybody on the team about mentally being able to rebound. We don’t have time to pout or sulk about how performances went in these games.  We have played well lately. We have to get back on track on offense again.”

After giving up four runs on three hits and two errors in the first inning, the Lady Bisons and North Florida were scoreless until the fifth inning as the Ospreys added another run.

“If we don’t come out and have a bad start in game two then maybe it would have been a little bit different,” Ryman said. “North Florida was the aggressor right off the bat. Defensively we weren’t sharp and they took advantage of it.”

The Lady Bisons did not have a hit until Chloe Yeager singled to right field with one out in the seventh.

The Lady Bisons are 30-13, 6-5 in the conference. North Florida is 25-19, 5-3 in the ASUN.

McCarley Thomas, 10-6, took the loss for Lipscomb. She allowed eight hits and five runs, two earned. She struck out seven, walked one and hit two batters.

Morgan Blourne, 10-3, was the winner. She struck out four, walked three and hit one batter.

Game three of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Lady Bisons celebrate Father-Daughter Day.

“We have to come out and find a way to make it happen Saturday,” Ryman said. “We talk about championship Sunday. This time it is championship Saturday.

“We are still in a good spot. Winning the series against a quality opponent will be big. The team that executes better is going to be the team that comes out on the top of the series.”

Scoreboard notes:

  • The Lady Bisons have won 30 games. The 2016 team won 26 games. This year’s team is one game away from tying the 31 wins by the 2015 team.
  • Yeager, with a two-run homer in game one, finished with two hits for the night.
  • The Lady Bisons have won two of their three ASUN series so far this season.
  • It would have been the first time Lipscomb would have been the victim of a no-hit effort this season.
  • This was only second home loss of the season. Lipscomb is 15-2 at home.

Next up: The Lady Bisons travel to Louisville for a single game Tuesday at 4 p.m.