KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – It was Oklahoma. And the Sooners came into the game ranked No. 9 in the country in two polls. Plus their starting pitcher had never been beaten.
There are no moral victories. But taking everything into consideration Lipscomb’s 2-0 loss to the Sooners Sunday afternoon in the Tennessee Invitational at Lee Stadium was equal portions of disappointment and a realization the Lady Bisons are taking big growth steps.
“We talked about coming into it and playing loose with nothing to lose,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I thought we had that mentality.
“It took us several innings before we realized we had only given up a couple of hits and we have a legitimate shot here. I think if we can find that happy medium of playing with nothing to lose, but also expecting to win we will have the perfect mix.”
Lipscomb starter Tanner Sanders faced a starting lineup with two .400-plu hitters and six .300-plus hitters.
She gave up seven hits, walked three, hit two and struck out one.
“Tanner did an outstanding job,” Ryman said. “She only had one strike out but she was very effective. I thought we made some outstanding defensive plays behind her, especially a couple of foul ball plays.”
Lipscomb’s batters faced right-hander Jayden Chestnut, 7-0. They managed three hits with Brittany Elmore, Malorie Giere and Caitlin Plocheck each connecting for a single.
“We have wanted to see continued growth with this team,” Ryman said. “It is not a moral victory, but at the same time we are continuing to see growth. If we can continue to take steps forward that is the most important thing for us right now.”