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North Florida101110X471
Win: GREEN (7-10) 7.041011
Loss: YOUNG (10-6) 6.0744113
ELMORE (LIP) 312000
PENROD (UNF) 232000
DUNCAN (UNF) 302200
April 09, 20161234567RHE
North Florida0013002671
Win: GREEN (8-10) 2.241101
Loss: SANDERS (8-12) 6.065528
ELMORE (LIP) 434000
NIESMAN (UNF) 312100
UNF hands softball two setbacks
Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Patrick Carpenter/Mark McGee
UNF hands softball two setbacks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb softball team has one more chance this weekend to get on the winning track at North Florida.

Saturday afternoon the Lady Bisons dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Ospreys at the UNF Softball Complex. The final game of the Atlantic Sun series is Sunday at noon.

Lipscomb lost game two 6-5 after losing game one 4-1. With the setbacks Lipscomb is 20-20 overall, 5-6 in the A-Sun. UNF is 17-20, 5-3 in the conference.

After a disappointing start in game one Lipscomb started off strong in game two.

Lipscomb jumped out to an early lead in game two. Lead-off batter Brittany Elmore singled in the top of the first. A North Florida error allowed her to reach second. Freshman Destinee Brewer singled, reaching third on an error that brought Elmore home to give Lipscomb a 1-0 lead.   

Elmore was not done. In the top of the third she singled, stole second and was brought in by senior Baylee Williams on a single to left field for a 2-0 lead.

North Florida came back in the bottom of the third when Ashley Neisman singled to center field. Freshman Navia Penrod scored Niesman on a sac fly to cut into Lipscomb’s lead at 2-1.

In the bottom of the fourth UNF brought in three runs for a 4-2 with three hits, including a double to center to lead off the inning by Shelby Duncan.

Lipscomb tied the game with two runs in the fifth. Abby Fenichel was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Williams singled to left.

Khayla Green singled to bring Fenichel home to trim the UNF lead to 4-3. Malorie Giere hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Williams to tie the game. 

Elmore continued her dominance in the top of the sixth with her fourth hit of the game and was brought in to score on a single by Fenichel to give Lipscomb a 5-4 lead.

UNF closed out the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh with one out as Niesman singled to left to drive in the deciding run.

Tanner Sanders, 8-12, started game two for Lipscomb. In six innings she allowed six hits and five runs, all earned. She struck out eight, walked two and hit three batters.

Kelly Young came on in the seventh and pitched to two batters. She gave up one hit and one run.

Game One

Elmore got the first of her six hits for the day in game one.

After a double play by UNF, Lipscomb leaned on senior pitcher Kelly Young who gathered six strikeouts through only three innings. She would finish the day with 13 strikeouts through six innings as she went the distance for the Lady Bisons. Young is 10-6 overall.

An RBI-single in the top of the second and another one in the bottom of the third gave UNF a 2-0 lead.

UNF found a way to increase its lead by taking advantage of a walk and substituting in pinch runner Casey Estes. Estes stole second and was brought home with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth for a 3-0.

In the fifth the Ospreys found a way to bring home another runner to increase their lead to 4-0.

Elmore breathed some life back into Lipscomb as she singled in the top of the sixth. Elmore stole second, and then advanced to home on an errant throw from UNF catcher Jen Valle cutting UNF’s lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth.

Base hits

  • Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman made some lineup shifts in game two. Fenichel moved from catcher to play third base for the first time this season.

Malorie Giere made her first collegiate start as catcher. It was her seventh appearance of the season. She also picked up her first collegiate RBI.

  • Sarah Higgins failed to start at third base for the first time this season in game two. She managed one hit as a pinch-hitter.
  • Elmore stole four bases for the day including three in game two. Her three in game two tied for the game-high this season with Green.
  • Elmore extended her current hitting streak to 10 games, the second longest for her this season. Her previous high was nine.
  • Elmore had two multiple hit games with a season-high four in game two and two in game one. She has 12 multiple-hit games for the season, trying Higgins for the lead.
  • Williams has a six-game hitting streak, one short of her season high.
  • Dee Baddley has started 17 games, the most in a season in her four-year career.