Wednesday, February 27, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It was hard to determine what was uglier - the game or the weather.
After opening with seven runs in the first inning the Lipscomb Lady Bisons lost their momentum.
And on a cold, gray, damp and windy Wednesday afternoon they found themselves an 11-9 loser in eight innings to Wright State from the Horizon League.
“It was a tough one to take,” Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman said. “It was an ugly game all the way around. It was another one that was very frustrating because we didn’t control the things we could control.”
The Lady Bisons are 7-8. They are 1-2 in extra inning games. Wright State is 2-8. It was the home opener for LU at Draper Diamond.
The Lady Bisons would not score again until they posted two runs in the sixth inning. But they would be shut down the rest of the way.
“In the first inning we took advantage of quite a few walks,” Ryman said. “We found a way to put some stuff together and score some runs. We left quite a few runners on base after that.”
Lead-off hitter Brittany Elmore was credited with three of the Lady Bisons six hits. Kelsey Cartwright hit her third home run of the season. Paige Neely and Kristen Sturdivant each added a double.
“At the end of the day we have to hit,” Ryman said. “We have to do our part. We had entirely too many pop ups. We really struggled getting under the ball.
“You have to make adjustments as you go through the game. I thought we had a couple of players who adjusted late in the game, but it was too little, too late.”
Wright State fought back with three runs in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth and one in the seventh to tie the game. They added two in the eighth for the win.
Both teams combined for 10 errors with the Lady Bisons committing four of them.
“We have to execute,” Ryman said. “We have to do the little things. We have to take care of the ball defensively.
“We have a veteran infield. They are in there for a reason. They have to keep their composure. We have to see that group continue to mature a little bit more.”
Right-hander Tanner Sanders started for LU and lasted 3.2 innings. She scattered eight hits and allowed eight runs, six earned. She walked six and struck out four.
Heather Parker pitched the final 4.1 innings. She gave up six hits and three unearned runs. The right-hander, 3-4, walked four and struck out two.
Right-hander Montana Wear entered the game in relief after starter Krystian DeWitt gave up six first inning runs on one hit and five walks. Wear, a freshman, picked up her first win of the season in six decisions.
Both teams were working with a small strike zone called by umpire Jeanett Caldwell. Ryman thought it should have been an advantage for her hitters.
“As a hitter you should be excited, jacked and pumped up to hit,” Ryman said. “But we still looked timid.
“We have to get past that. We have to own it and want to be in that moment. We can’t shy away from it.”
The Lady Bisons have a day to get ready for the Purple and Gold Challenge at Draper Diamond. Friday afternoon they will face Texas-El Paso at 4:15. They are scheduled to play IPFW at 3:30 Saturday followed by Texas-El Paso at 5:45. The Lady Bisons close out the challenge Sunday at 2:15.