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Win: THOMAS (6-4) 5.030025
Loss: HANNERS (2-7) 2.255430
ACREE (APSU) 101020
GABLE (APSU) 201000
VEDDER (APSU) 201000
GIBSON (LIP) 412100
GREEN (LIP) 312100
Softball makes quick work of APSU
Saturday, March 18, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball makes quick work of APSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was a quick and effective afternoon for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team.

Saturday at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Lipscomb put the finishing touches on a doubleheader sweep of Austin Peay State 8-0 in five innings due to the run rule. Game two lasted only one hour and thirty-five minutes, three minutes longer than game one.

“That is one of the quickest doubleheaders we have ever played,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I think we did a nice job both hitting and on the pitching side.

“In game one at times we hit well and at times we struggled to string hits together. We had seven hits, but they were kind of scattered. The lower score in game one is indicative of not having the timely hits all the time, but we did have a couple of big hits.”

Earlier the Lady Bisons won 3-1 as Mandy Jordan set a career high with 14 strikeouts, including the first eight batters.

“I thought Mandy threw a really great game,” Ryman said. “Austin Peay really struggled to figure her out early."

Lipscomb is 20-7 after the two wins. The Governors are 8-13.

The two teams are back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. for a single game.

McCarley Thomas, 6-4, picked up the shutout in game two. She allowed three hits. She struck out five and walked two batters.

Lipscomb started strong as Sarah Higgins slammed a two-RBI homer over the center field fence with two outs in the first inning.

The Lady Bisons added one run in the second, third and fourth innings.

In the fifth Hannah DeVault singled to the shortstop with one out. Chloe Yeager walked. Khayla Green singled down the right field line to drive in DeVault. Peyton Ward walked to load the bases. Yeager scored on a ground out to the second baseman by Destinee Brewer.

Kasey Gibson singled to the shortstop to bring home Green with the third run of the inning and the deciding run in the game.

“We struggled to string hits together until the fifth inning,” Ryman said. “We loaded the bases. We had a couple of opportunities with runners in scoring position to get a few key at bats in a row.”

Christiana Gable, 1-3, started for Austin Peay and threw two innings. She gave up three hits and three runs, all earned. She walked one and did not strike out a batter.

Autumn Hanners took over in the circle in the third after Abby Fenichel opened the inning with a single. Hanners scattered five hits and allowed five runs, four earned. She walked three and did not strike out a batter.

“You can look statistically at what we have done as a team, but it doesn’t tell the whole story,” Ryman said. “We have talked about offensively trying to find a way to be a tough out and lengthen at bats. We have done a better job of that the last couple of weeks.”

Scorebook notes:

  • Lipscomb has eight shutouts this season.
  • The Lady Bisons are 3-1 in five and six inning games.
  • The Lady Bisons are 8-0 at home.
  • Fenichel has reached base in 17 straight games.
  • Gibson and Green each had two hits in game two. Gibson leads the team with 11 multiple-hit games.
  • Brewer drove in two runs for the first time this season. Higgins has three multi-RBI games.

Next up: The Lady Bisons have one final tune up before the start of ASUN Conference play when Western Kentucky visits Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Wednesday for a doubleheader beginning at 4.