Cipponeri gets 5 hits in sweep

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In four days, Gavy Cipponeri has gone from everyday substitute to everyday game changer.

The newfound contributor continued to find success Monday and helped Three Rivers sweep Dyersburg State 6-5 and 5-1 on sophomore night at Rains Field.

"Gavy is really starting to hit the ball, so much so that we have got to find a place to play her," Three Rivers coach Jack Childress said. "That kind of forces your hand."

Cipponeri reached base in every at bat, going 5-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBIs in the doubleheader for the Lady Raiders (36-15).

Before Thursday when she filled in for an injured Shannon Perrigo, Cipponeri had 11 total at-bats this season. She has since gone 9-for-13 with four runs scored and six RBIs.

Perrigo threw five innings with two strikeouts, eight hits and three walks in the nightcap. Ericka Engelman (5-1) pitched the final two innings for the win and gave up one hit.

Tied at 5 in the fifth of the opener, Savanna Ayers singled and scored from second on Cipponeri's single up the middle.

Left fielder Karissa Coleman caught five fly balls, including a highlight catch to end the game with the tying run on first.

Jessica Menz was 3-for-4 with a 2-run single in the fourth inning.

Taylor Friend (21-10) allowed four hits, a walk and struck out two in the complete-game win. She also put the Lady Raiders ahead in the second on Demesha Huddleston's RBI hit.

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