The Lady Bisons defeated the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri State 5-4, 7-3 on Tuesday afternoon in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Allison Tyree and Danielle Catalano each earned their second wins of the season as the Lady Bisons improved their record to 7-7.
In game one Julia Davidson hit a two out game winning double down the left field line to score pinch runner Lindsay Larson from second base. Shay Sullivan reached first base on a walk and Larson pinch ran for her. Candice McWherter advanced Larson to second base on a ground ball to second base and was out on the play.
Right-handed pitcher Sara Meek started on the mound for the Lady Bisons and pitched 5 innings of work and gave up seven hits and four earned runs. Meek now has an earned run average of 4.04 for the season.
Tyree relieved Meek in the 6th inning with the scored tied at 4-4 and pitched 2 innings and gave up only one hit and zero runs while fanning three batters. Tyree is now has an earned run average of 4.26.
Offensively the Lady Bisons scored their five runs off of five hits and committed one error. The Redhawks scored four runs on eight hits and committed two errors. The Lady Bisons only left four runners on base, the Redhawks left eight.
In game two the Lady Bisons scored seven runs on eight hits and committed four errors. The Redhawks scored three runs off of six hits and committed two errors.
Starting right-handed pitcher Danielle Catalano pitched her second complete game of the season and is now 2-0 on the season with team leading earned run average 2.45.
Three Lady Bisons had two hits in game two, Jessica Wilson, Leigh Little, and McWherter each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Little leads the team in batting average with a .391 and a slugging percentage of .609.
Wilson hit her fifth double of the season and is tied with Little who also has five doubles for the season. Wilson also knocked in four runs in game two and now leads the team in runs batted in with nine.
Lipscomb Coach Andy Lane was proud of the teams effort.
"Today was a good day for our program. Our players were committed and focused throughout the day. The biggest thing for our team today is that we had players get up to the plate and get the job done. On defense we had several players make really really big plays for us. There was a lot of balance up and down the line-up and I can't say enough good things about our freshman class on how they came through today. In the first game our young players were the difference makers and in the second game our upper classmen had a great game. I was really proud of Danielle's performance and she continues to pitch really well for us. We just need to keep working hard and getting better by doing the little things,"Lane said.
The Lady Bisons will play a double-header on Thursday against Middle Tennessee at 2:00 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.