NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is nice to take a little break as a long season inches toward the end, but a team has to be wary of too much rest.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons shook off some rust Tuesday in the softball version of the “Battle of the Boulevard” with a 5-0 win over Belmont at E.S. Rose Park. The Lady Bisons are 34-13 overall and have won their last four games. Belmont slips to 30-17.
“It was kind of a weird day,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We hadn’t played since beating Chattanooga Thursday. Over the weekend we hung around and watched the rain.
“It felt like we were almost having to force our energy and effort at times. We had to work through that and get back into a game mode. It is nice to get some rest, but there is something to be said about being in game mode too.”
Abby Fenichel led the way with three runs batted in on two hits. Caitlin Plocheck also added two hits and one RBI. Destinee Brewer connected for two hits and scored two runs.
“We got some key hits when we needed them,” Ryman said. “On a night when the ball wasn’t flying off of bats for either team I thought Abby had some really well-hit balls.”
Lipscomb struck for three runs the second inning highlighted by a two-RBI single to left field by Fenichel. The first run was scored by Hannah DeVault who scored from third on a sacrifice bunt by Peyton Ward.
They added another run in the fourth on another single to left field by Fenichel.
In the sixth Plocheck singled to left to drive in the final run for the Lady Bisons.
“That was big run against a team that can score a lot of runs,” Ryman said. “Plocheck got the single to left to get the run in and had a couple of key hits.”
Brewer has been one of the top hitters for the past four games hitting in the ninth spot.
“Destinee doesn’t cut herself any slack,” Ryman said. “She is really working with a purpose on the offensive side in practice. There is a lot to be said for that. She is a huge spark for us at the bottom of the order.”
Abby Irwin, 0-1, started for Belmont and scattered six hits, walked two and struck out two in 3.1 innings. Only two of the four runs scored against her were earned.
Lexi Rouse closed out the game for Belmont. In 3.2 innings she gave up two hits and one run. She walked one and struck out two.
Mandy Jordan, 22-7, went the distance for Lipscomb. She struck out 13, allowed four hits and did not walk a batter.
After giving up a single to open up the bottom of the seventh she struck out the next three batters she faced to end the game.
“It was good for Mandy to get back out there,” Ryman said. “She hadn’t thrown in a game since last Tuesday. And she wasn’t her sharpest at times either.
“We worked through all of that as a team and we found a way to win. I thought we did a nice job against a much-improved Belmont team. I am proud of us. It will be a good boost for this weekend.”
- Jordan recorded her seventh shutout of the season.
- Fenichel moves into a tie on the team with six multiple-RBI games.
- Plocheck is first on the team in multiple-hit games with 17.
- Fenichel has reached base in her last 14 games, a team lead as well.
- Brewer stole two bases. Kasey Gibson, DeVault and Khayla Green each had one base theft.
Next up: The Lady Bisons welcome Kennesaw State to Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a crucial ASUN Conference series. A doubleheader starts at 4 p.m. Saturday with a single game at 2 p.m. Sunday.