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April 16, 20161234567RHE
Win: PERKINS (10-4) 7.060024
Loss: YOUNG (11-7) 6.052215
ELMORE (LIP) 403000
SMITH (STET) 312100
April 16, 20161234567RHE
Win: SANDERS (9-12) 7.0104434
Loss: TAYLOR (2-3) 2.232200
ELMORE (LIP) 412201
Power surge gives softball a doubleheader split
Saturday, April 16, 2016
By Mark McGee
Power surge gives softball a doubleheader split

DELAND, Fla. – When the Lipscomb softball team needed a win the power turbochargers kicked in with five home runs.

Saturday afternoon the Lady Bisons bounced back from a 2-0 loss in game one to pound Stetson 9-4 in the nightcap at Patricia Wilson Stadium.

The final game of the series is Sunday at noon.

“The job is to come out Sunday and do it again,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We were so much more confident at the plate in game two. I thought we were getting good hittable pitches to drive.

“When we score first and have quality at bats early in a game it seems like the confidence starts flowing with everybody. We really saw that in game two.”

Caitlin Plocheck blasted two home runs and drove in a game-leading three runs. Brittany Elmore and Abby Fenichel each added two-run shots. Khayla Green slammed a solo homer.

Stetson jumped out to a two-run first inning lead on a two-run double by Brittany Hawn.

Lipscomb answered in the second with a two-run bomb by Plocheck to left field.

Plocheck struck again in the fourth inning with a solo homer to right center with two outs. Green stepped into the batter’s box next and hit her first collegiate homer to left field.

“Plo has been coming along slowly, but surely, the last couple of weeks,” Ryman said. She exploded with a couple of big hits. We know she is capable of that. We see that from her in practice every day.

“She hit one to left and one to right center. When you have a player like that who can hit to all fields it makes her tougher to pitch to. She has really started getting it going.”

Stetson added a run in the fourth to cut Lipscomb’s lead to 4-3.

The Lady Bisons were still on a power surge in the fifth inning. Elmore tagged a two-run shot to right center. Fenichel added a two-RBI round tripper over the left center field fence for an 8-3 lead.

In the seventh Lipscomb added another run on a single by Baylee Williams to bring Fenichel home. Fenichel had reached base on a double.

Stetson had one last gasp in the home part of the seventh. With two outs Hawn hit a home run to center, but that was all the Hatters would get.

Sanders, 9-12, went the distance for Lipscomb.  She gave up 10 hits, struck out four and walked three. She also hit two batters.

Stetson used three pitchers in game two. They scattered a combined 11 hits and all nine runs were earned. No Lady Bisons struck out. Curstin Taylor, 2-3, took the loss.

Lipscomb is 22-21 overall, 7-7 in the A-Sun. Stetson is 28-19, 7-6 in the conference.

Game One

The Lady Bisons out-hit Stetson, but fell short in the run column in the first game.

The Lady Bisons had six hits while Stetson connected for five at Patricia Wilson Stadium.

Stetson scored one run in the fourth and one in the fifth to seal the game.

Elmore put together another multi-hit game with three hits. Fenichel added a double.

Also getting hits for the Lady Bisons were Green and Plocheck.

Green made her first start of the season at third base. Malorie Giere served as the designated player for the first time this season.

Kelly Young, 11-7, went the distance for Lipscomb. Both of the runs she allowed were earned. She struck out five and walked one batter. She did not give up an extra base hit.

“When we came out in game one our mentality was we are kind of testing the waters,” Ryman said. “There was a little bit of a lack of confidence at times.

“We can’t afford that in conference play. We have to come out and attack.”

Base hits

  • The five home runs were the most in one game for the Lady Bisons this season.
  • Eight of the nine runs scored by Lipscomb were driven in by home runs.
  • Plocheck’s two home runs tie Fenichel for the most in a game by a Lipscomb hitter this season.
  • Elmore and Fenichel each had a double and a home run in the second game.
  • Elmore has more than one hit in seven straight games, all against A-Sun opponents.
  • Elmore leads the team with 15 multi-hit games. Fenichel has moved into a tie for second with Sarah Higgins with 12. Williams has nine. Plocheck has six.
  • Fenichel is also tied with Higgins for multiple-RBI games with nine. Plocheck is second with eight.
  • Elmore has hits in her last 13 games, breaking her previous longest streak of 11. She is one short of tying Higgins for the longest streak of the season.
  • The Lady Bisons have never swept Stetson in three-game series.
  • This was the first A-Sun loss at home for Stetson this season. They are 3-1.