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Win: B. Knight (6-0) 5.053213
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Softball falls short of weekend sweep of No.19 Pitt
Saturday, February 25, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball falls short of weekend sweep of No.19 Pitt

TROY, Ala. – Lipscomb handed No. 19 Pittsburgh its only loss of the season so the Lady Bisons expected the Panthers to be more than ready for a rematch.

Saturday afternoon in the Troy Classic the Panthers came away with a 4-3 win at the Troy Softball Complex. Lipscomb is 9-5. Pitt is 11-1. Lipscomb beat Pitt 1-0 Friday.

“Pittsburgh is a really good team,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “There were some key mistakes in the game that, looking back on it, we would obviously like to have back.

“As frustrating as they are, you have to learn from them, and get better from them. Even with those mistakes we had an opportunity to win the game and that is all you can ask for.”

The Panthers opened with a run in the first inning and added three in the fourth on a home run and a two-run error.

“That error really hurt us,” Ryman said. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort. It was a matter of execution on the play.

“I liked the way we came back after that. We clawed back into it against a good pitching staff.”

In the fifth Peyton Ward brought home Abby White with a run to break the shutout.

Lipscomb added two more runs in the sixth. Abby Fenichel singled to left field to score Hannah DeVault who had opened the inning with a single to the shortstop.

White hit a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Sarah Higgins who had reached base on a double.

The Lady Bisons had four hits and two runs in the sixth, but left two runners on base.

McCarley Thomas, who missed Friday’s games due to illness, started in the circle against Pitt. In four innings she gave up four runs, three earned, and allowed three hits. She struck out three and walked two.

“We made the decision to go with Mandy Jordan in game one,” Ryman said. “Southeastern Louisiana was a running, scrappy team.

“We wanted McCarley to give us as many innings as she could and she did exactly that for us. It was a frustrating start for her with Pittsburgh scoring a run in the first without getting a hit. She settled down after that and did a nice job. She gave us what she could give us.”

Chloe Yeager made her second appearance in the circle in as many days and threw two scoreless innings. She gave up two hits, walked one and struck out one.

Brittany Knight, 6-0, got the win for Pittsburgh. Kayla Harris picked up the save.

“Down to our last out we had an opportunity to win,” Ryman said. “I love where this team is right now. We are getting contributions up and down the line from different people in key situations.

“That is really good to see as we are nearing the end of this third weekend. We have had some long games. We have to get some rest and focus on finishing strong Sunday.”

Scorebook notes:

  • Plocheck’s hitting streak, a career high, ended at 13 games.
  • Yeager has thrown six innings this weekend in relief and has not given up a run.
  • Ward led the Lady Bisons with two hits.

Next up: The Lady Bisons close out the Troy Classic with a rematch with the host team at 12:30 Sunday. Lipscomb beat Troy 8-6 in eight innings Friday night.