Lady Bisons lose a series, but earn ASUN Tourney berth
Sunday, April 30, 2017
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons lose a series, but earn ASUN Tourney berth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons couldn’t get a win, but they finished strong.

Sunday afternoon, after a 2-hour, 24-minute rain delay, the Lady Bisons fell 6-2 to Kennesaw State in the final meeting of a three-game ASUN Conference series at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Despite the loss, Lipscomb clinched a berth in the ASUN Tournament.

“It was not the way we wanted the weekend to go, but we had a much stronger finish in the third game,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said.  “It was three tough ones to drop.

“Kennesaw State came in and attacked. We were kind of in a defense mode most of the weekend. We had a hard time getting ourselves out of that. They did a nice job of coming in prepared. We just have to play better.”

The Owls jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, sparked by a three-run home run by Katey Lynch over the left center field fence.

Kennesaw State added one run in the fourth on a triple and double back-to-back and another in the fifth.

The Lady Bisons answered with a run in the fifth as Peyton Ward singled to center field and then scored on a bunt single by Khayla Green.

The Lady Bisons finished with six hits with five in the last three innings.

“We came back after more than two hours and clicked back in,” Ryman said. “That performance was what we had been looking for all weekend.

“That is the frustrating part, but at the same time it is a silver lining. We locked back in. Offensively and defensively we were really sharp the last few innings.”

Abby Fenichel opened the sixth inning with a solo home run.

McCarley Thomas, 11-8, started for Lipscomb. She gave up four hits and five runs, four earned. She walked two and struck out two.

Mandy Jordan came on in relief. In 3.1 innings she allowed two hits, struck out three and walked two.

“Mandy was locked back in,” Ryman said.

Alley Cutting, 17-9, threw 5.1 innings for the win. She scattered six hits and gave up two runs, both earned. She struck out four and walked one.

Abigail Green pitched the final 1.2 innings and did not give up a hit or a run. She struck out one batter.

Scorebook notes:

  • This was the first time the Lady Bisons had been swept this season in a three-game series.
  • It was the third home run of the season for Fenichel and her 26th RBI of the season.
  • Fenichel led the game with two hits. It was her ninth multiple-hit game of the season. She extended her hitting streak to a team-high five games.
  • Fenichel has been on base in her last 17 games, one short of tying her early season streak of 18 games. Both streaks are team highs.

Next up: The Lady Bisons continue final exams this week before heading to Fort Myers, Florida to face Florida Gulf Coast in the final regular season ASUN series of the season. They will play a doubleheader Thursday and a single game Friday.

“We will practice around finals,” Ryman said. “It is going to be a busy week. They are balancing a lot right now.

“The challenge is to find a way to do well on finals and find a way to stay locked in and get the most out of practicing to get ready for a tough Florida Gulf Coast team.”