NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Patience and timely hitting at the plate were the keys for the Lipscomb softball team in a 12-0, 5-inning blanking of Chattanooga on Thursday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Lady Bisons (33-13) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when Chloe Yeager delivered a 1-0 pitch into center field plating Caitlin Plocheck and Sarah Higgins for the early 2-0 lead.
“I loved how we scored right off the bat Chole got a really clutch 2-RBI single to get us on the board and kind of jump start us,” said Lipscomb head coach Kristin Ryman. “Then in the second inning we just kind of took off. We’ve been preaching all year that if another team is giving us freebies, we have to take advantage of that. We can’t let them get away that and not score.”
A passing rain shower then rolled through the area causing a brief rain delay as the tarp was pulled out. When the rain stopped and play resumed, Lipscomb quickly went to work in the bottom of the second on Chattanooga (12-32). The Lady Bisons would push across nine runs on four hits and a quintet of free passes including four straight at one juncture ending Celie Hudson’s night early in the circle.
Lipscomb added an insurance measure in the fourth when Abby Fenichel laced her sixth double of the season into left field and Khayla Green scored easily from second base to make it a 12-0 margin.
McCarley Thomas improved to 11-6 for Lipscomb allowing only a pair of hits in the fine innings of work to go along with three walks and a quartet of strikeouts.
“I think the off weekend coming up is great timing for us,” said Ryman. “We’re getting close to finals and we’re a little beat up. With our roster size being a little low, we need as much rest we can get. We’ll take a few days off, come back and get ready for Belmont.”
- The nine walks were a season high for the Lady Bisons.
- Lipscomb swiped four bases in just the four innings at the plate led by Destinee Brewer, who stole two bags matching her season high.
- Khayla Green launched a bases-loaded double in the second inning to drive in a season high three runs. She ended the night 1-for-1 with a trio of RBIs, three runs scored and a pair of walks.
- Leadoff hitter Kasey Gibson also drove in a season high three runs.
Up next: Following a quick weekend break in the ASUN slate, the Lady Bisons make the trek to Rose Park next Tuesday to take on Belmont at 5 p.m.