FORT MYERS, FLA. - Junior Logan Viers pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout for No. 4 Kennesaw State while RBIs from Rachel Dennis, Kara Chambers and Taylor Denton proved to be enough on offense, vaulting the Owls to a 3-0 victory over No. 5 Lipscomb on the opening day of the ASUN Softball Championship.
The tone of a pitcher's duel was set early, as after the first 3.5 innings both teams combined for just one hit, a Caitlin Plocheck double for Lipscomb in the second frame. Viers was dealing for the Owls, while senior Tanner Sanders got the nod in the circle for the Bisons.
KSU was able to find an opening in the bottom of the fourth using two walks, a sacrifice bunt, a single from Megan Veringa and an RBI fielder's choice from Dennis to score Chambers with the bases loaded, to take a 1-0 lead.
Viers managed the Bisons yet again in the top of the fifth, sitting down the Purple and Gold in order, before KSU produced its most effective offensive attack of the game in the bottom of the frame. Missy Perkowski first reached base on an error before stealing second, allowing Chambers to send her home on an RBI double to left-centerfield. With Chambers on second, Taylor Denton then stepped to the plate and delivered a double of her own to make the score 3-0.
Lipscomb threatened to plate runs in the sixth, using a hit batter and a single from Brittany Elmore, before Viers buckled down to draw a fielder's choice and a strike out of Abby Fenichel to stifle the Bisons offense. The Abingdon, Va. native did it again in the seventh, recording a strikeout before the Owl defense turned a double play to end the game.
Kennesaw State advances to face the top-seeded and regular season champion FGCU Eagles at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN3, while Lipscomb will face No. 3 Stetson in an elimination game on Thursday at 3 p.m., also on ESPN3.
Kennesaw State vs. Lipscomb Softball Championship Game Notes
- Wednesday's contest was the fourth game between Kennesaw State and Lipscomb in the past six days, as the Owls and Bisons met in the final series of the regular season in North Georgia. KSU is now 3-1 vs. Lipscomb this season.
- The Owls have now won at least one game in postseason play two consecutive seasons, both under Head Coach Tory Acheson.
- Viers has won back-to-back games, both against Lipscomb, now owning a 13-9 record on the season.
- Wednesday's contest marked just the second time all season the Owls have won a game with three or less hits. KSU is now 2-10 in such contests.