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Elmore's three-hit game leads Lipscomb to series sweep
Lipscomb (27-21, 14-7 A-Sun)
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Mercer (23-29, 10-14 A-Sun)
4/21/2013 | Macon, Ga. | Attendance: 87
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Win: PARKER (11-11) 7.041131
Loss: NIDIFFER (11-15) 7.073371
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ELMORE (LIP) 413100
WOODY (MER) 413000

Sunday, April 21, 2013
by Mark McGee

MACON, Ga. - The Lipscomb Lady Bisons kept the Mercer campus clean by bringing their brooms.

The Lady Bisons came back from a 1-0 deficit Sunday afternoon at sun-splashed Sikes Field on the Mercer campus for a 3-1 win over the Bears. LU swept the Bears 3-0.

It is the third Atlantic Sun series sweep for the Purple and Gold. They have also swept ETSU and Florida Gulf Coast.

"It was kind of a frustrating game," LU coach Kristin Ryman said. "We did a nice job of staying the course. We didn't panic."

The Lady Bisons are 27-21 overall, 14-7 in the A-Sun. Mercer drops to 23-29, 10-14 in the conference.

The Lady Bisons finished with seven hits, but left 10 runners on base. Kerri Nidiffer went the distance for Mercer, walking seven and striking out one.

"Those seven hits were very scattered," Ryman said. "Niddifer did a lot nicer job against us in this game moving the ball around.

"Knowing how hard we hit the ball Saturday we came out a little bit overly anxious to get some big hits again. We chased pitches a little more than we did Saturday. I thought we were out in front of a lot of pitches and ended up with pop ups and dinky gronders."

LU pitcher Heather Parker spotted the Bears one run in the first inning. Nether team would score agaiin until the fifth inning. Paige Neely singled up the middle to drive home Brittany Elmore who had singled to open the inning and moved to second on a sac bunt by Rena' Cothron.

Neely had seven hits in the series, including a grand slam. She walked three times in the final game.

The Lady Bisons struck for two runs in the sixth. Bree Thurman bounced a triple off the left field fence with one out. Brianne Welch walked and stole second.

Elmore, who tied for the game high in hits with three, drove in Thurman with a single up the middle. Elmore and Welch then pulled a double steal. Elmore was safe at second and Welch scored the third run of the game with a slide at home.

"It was a little bit more of a struggle in this game for us to make adjustments," Ryman sad. "When we dd get some runners on we had a hard time getting that clutch hit.

"But we made a few adjustments really late. We found some ways to manufacture some runs with some base running."

Parker, 11-11, scattered four hits, walked three and struck out one in a complete game effort.

"Heather threw a decrnt game," Ryman said. "But Mercer made some adjustments.

"Saturday Heather struck out nine and she had one today. Mercer has hit well this season and they found ways to put balls in play today. We played pretty good defense behind her."

Bridgette Begle left the game early in order to catch an airplane in Atlanta to fly home to Houston to be with her family as her grandmother is gravely ill. Neely moved to short to close out the game. Cothron played third.

"Our prayers are with Bridgette and her family," Ryman said.

The Lady Bisons will be back in action on the road Wednesday with a double player at Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro. The Purple and Gold return home Saturday and Sunday for a three-game A-Sun series with Stetson.