In the Lady Bisons last home series before conference tournament, Lipscomb struggled to get anything going offensively losing 9-1, 2-0 and 6-2.
Things started off rough in game one for sophomore pitcher Mandy Jordan as she gave up a two-run homerun in the top of the first.
Lipscomb scored one in the bottom of the second inning, but that is as close as the team would get. Jordan was pulled after three innings, after giving up five runs on six hits. It was the first time in 11 starts that she was unable to throw a complete game.
Things weren’t much better for freshman relief pitcher Chloe Yeager. She gave up four runs in the last three innings and also walked four batters, as Kennesaw State went on to win game one of the doubleheader 9-1 after run-ruling the Lady Bisons in six innings.
“Game one felt like every time we were turning around we were making some kind of mental mistake, whether it was an error defensively or miscues offensively,” head coach Kristin Ryman said.
Game two was much more of a pitchers’ duel between Lipscomb’s McCarley Thomas and Kennesaw’s Abigail Green.
After three innings the score was still 0-0, but Kennesaw State’s Courtney Sutter hit a solo home run to give them the lead.
Sutter then had an RBI single in the fourth inning, and that was all Kennesaw would need as it went on to win game two of the double header 2-0. Sutter leads the ASUN in RBI’s (42) and home runs (11).
“We knew Sutter was a great hitter,” Coach Ryman said. “This is one of the best offensive teams in the conference, and we just couldn’t get anything going.”
The Lady Bisons got off to another rough start in the final game of the series on Sunday, as Kennesaw State jumped out to 4-0 lead in the first inning after a three-run homerun by freshman Katey Lynch.
Going into the top of the fifth inning, it started raining at Draper Diamond, and the game entered what would turn into a two hour and 32 minute rain delay with Lipscomb trailing 6-0.
Lipscomb scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and one in the bottom of sixth after the delay but eventually fell up short losing 6-2.
“I really liked the way our team came out and battled after the delay,” coach Ryman said. “We just need to get a few more things right if we are going to stay in that game.”
Lipscomb’s next game will be a doubleheader on Thursday against FGCU. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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