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Austin Peay (12-20)
4/10/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 156
Austin Peay (12-21)
4/10/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 187
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Lipscomb Lady Bison got back on track in a big way with 19 hits and 19 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Austin Peay.
Tuesday evening at Draper Diamond the Lady Bison pounded out 12 hits, six for extra bases, in a 10-1 win in game one. They followed with seven hits; two for extra bases, in a 9-0 win in game two. Both games ended in the fifth inning due to the run-rule.
“We had a great practice Monday, one of the best we have had all year,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “The girls felt real good about it. We felt good about it.
“There was really good focus and execution and a lot of hustle and energy. We talked a lot about or hitting mentality and getting back to what we do. I thought we executed really well in these games. We game out and attacked all day long. That is what we wanted to see.”
In game one the Lady Bison were powered by a pair of two-run home runs, one to left center in the third by Kristen Sturdivant and another by Haley Elliott to left center in the fourth.
Caroline Mason added an RBI-double in the fourth and also had a single. Bree Thurman recorded a game-high three hits, including a double and an RBI. Gracey Aguirre slammed a pair of doubles.
Right-hander Whitney Kiihnl raised her record to 18-9, allowing one run on four hits. She struck out five and walked one. The win ended a streak of four 1-0 losses for Kiihnl in the opening games of doubleheaders.
“Whitney threw well again,” Ryman said. “She has been throwing well. There have been a few times in the last few weeks where she hasn’t always had her best stuff, but has kept fighting through it and found ways to get outs. It was good to see her get some offensive production behind her.”
Mollie Mitchell and Mason each connected for a pair of hits in game two. Mitchell doubled to left field to lead off the second inning.
In the third Elliott doubled to right center to bring home a pair of runs.
Aguirre and Mason both drove in two runs.
“It was good to see us really getting through the ball again,” Ryman said. “I thought we hit balls on both sides of the plate extremely well. That was something we want to see going into another big weekend.”
Left-hander Ashley Anderson, 7-4, picked up her third shutout of the season. In five innings she scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.
“Ashley has gotten several wins lately, but has given up some hits on some pitches she would like to get back,” Ryman said. “I thought she threw better tonight than she has in awhile.
“She really did a nice job of hitting her spots, throwing pitches where she wanted to and utilizing different pitches. She found ways to get outs and did not give up key hits in the wrong situations. She did her job. She really earned this win.”
The Lady Bison, 25-13, hit the road for their next four doubleheaders, starting Saturday at noon at Belmont in a crucial Atlantic Sun doubleheader. Austin Peay, from the Ohio Valley Conference, slipped to 12-21 with the losses.
“I feel good about today and the girls obviously feel good about today,” Ryman said. “I think the key from here on out is making sure we continue to work hard the next few days.
“Belmont is a better team than what they have been. We are aware that we can’t just walk out on the field and beat anybody. We have to show up and bring it from the very first pitch. I feel like we are going to be ready to go.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.