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February 13, 20151234567RHE
Win: YOUNG (2-1) 7.051056
Loss: GUTIERREZ (2-2) 6.122123
SALLEE (BUT) 402000
KOTTER (BUT) 412000
NEELY (LIP) 301000
February 13, 20151234567RHE
Oklahoma State003150X992
Win: Needham (1-1) 4.030022
Loss: SANDERS (2-2) 4.097636
ELMORE (LIP) 414000
Mikkelson (OKST) 313010
February 14, 20151234567RHE
Win: SANDERS (3-1) 7.092227
Loss: Fleming (1-2) 2.145532
Tracy (UE) 312000
Parr (UE) 312101
Ferguson (UE) 302000
NEELY (LIP) 412100
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South Alabama202000X441
Win: McGill (2-0) 4.031101
Loss: YOUNG (2-2) 6.044452
NEELY (LIP) 301010
AGUIRRE (LIP) 311000
DUKES (LIP) 301100
DEAN (LIP) 101000
Johnson (USA) 302200
February 15, 20151234567RHE
Win: STARWALT (1-1) 4.021012
Loss: SANDERS (3-2) 1.278430
SALLEE (BUT) 423200
BOROS (BUT) 313310
Softball wants wins, not beads at Mardi Gras Invite
Thursday, February 12, 2015
By Mark McGee
Softball wants wins, not beads at Mardi Gras Invite

MOBILE, Ala. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team will be searching for wins instead of beads and baubles this weekend at the Mardi Gras Invitational hosted by South Alabama.

The Lady Bisons opened the season 3-1 as co-host of the Music City Classic. They will be facing Oklahoma State, Evansville and South Alabama and will play two games against Butler.

Friday afternoon at Jaguar Stadium the Lady Bisons open play with Butler at 12:30 followed by Oklahoma State at 2:45. Saturday they open the day with Evansville at 9 a.m. and host South Alabama at 11:15. They close out the weekend at 10 a.m. Sunday with the second game against Butler.

“As a coaching staff we were really proud of our hitting as a whole,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We felt like we could have been a little bit more productive in certain ways. Sure, there were at bats here and there that some players would like to have back.

“We are going to face some tough pitching this weekend. We have to continue to attack the ball, have a plan at the plate and know what pitches we are looking for. We have to go to the plate with the mindset that we want to make something happen.”

Right-hander Tanner Sanders leads the Lady Bisons with a 2-0 record and a 1.17 earned run average. Right-hander Kelly Young is 1-1 with a 4.59 ERA. Right-hander McCarley Thomas, who was sidelined last weekend, is expected to be available.

“Our pitching looked really strong Friday and Saturday, but we walked away Sunday (after a 14-2 loss to Ball State) saying there are some things we need to work on pitching-wise.

“We don’t have that much depth and last week we were even thinner with McCarley out sick. Having McCarley back will help, but we are getting into that portion of the schedule where we have to do all three phases of the game well.”

SCOUTING BUTLER (2-2):  Butler, from the Big East, is led by Alex Kotter with a .900 batting average, with hits in nine of 10 at bats. She has two doubles, one home run and a team-leading five runs batted in. Kristin Gutierrez is the top pitcher with a 2-1 record and a 2.57 earned run average. The Lady Bisons last faced Butler last season, winning 6-3 at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Feb. 9.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE (0-3): The Cowgirls are picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 this season. They lost six players from last year’s team, including four seniors. This will be the first meeting between Lipscomb and Oklahoma State.

SCOUTING EVANSVILLE (1-4):  The Aces return to Alabama after playing last weekend in the Plainsman Invite at Auburn. Their lone win was against UAB.  The Missouri Valley Conference foe last faced the Lady Bisons at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Feb. 21 of last season. Lipscomb won 7-0.

SCOUTING SOUTH ALABAMA (3-2):  The Jaguars from the Sun Belt Conference head into this weekend ranked No. 24 in the country. They are 10-0 in the Mardi Gras Invitational the past two years. South Alabama is 2-0 against Lipscomb with both wins coming in the Mardi Gras Invitational. The Lady Bisons lost 3-2 in 2010 and 6-1 in 2012.

FENICHEL POWER:  Freshman Abby Fenichel started off her collegiate career in an explosive manner with two home runs in her first game of the season against Missouri-Kansas City. She drove in four runs.

She is the first player in the NCAA era to hit two home runs in her first game.

Against Indiana State she added a three run blast. She has three for the season.

EXTRA BASES: In their first four games the Lady Bisons combined for seven home runs, seven doubles and one triple.

In addition to Fenichel, Brianne Welch tagged a pair of homers. Gracey Aguirre and Caitlin Plocheck each added one.

Neely collected four doubles. Fenichel, with a 1.273 slugging percentage, also added a double along with Baylee Williams and Laura Dukes.

Elmore connected for a triple.

EARLY ENDINGS: Three of the Lady Bisons first four games failed to go the entire seven innings.

The Lady Bisons beat IUPUI 8-0 in five innings and also needed only five innings to defeat Indiana State 9-1. They lost 14-2 to Ball State in six innings.

NO-NO: Young’s debut with the Lady Bisons was a successful one as she threw a no-hitter in a five-inning 8-0 win over IUPUI. She also has posted the most strikeouts in a game with eight against IUPUI.