SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Revenge is a dish best served in California.
Lipscomb softball concluded the Mustang Classic with a 3-1 victory Sunday over Ball State, avenging an earlier loss to the Cardinals at the Citrus Classic in Florida. The Lady Bison finished 4-1 in the tournament and move to 20-8 for the season.
The Lady Bison got on the board in the home half of the first thanks to a solo home run by junior Kelsey Cartwrigtht. That gives her 10 home runs this season, making her the first Lady Bison to hit double-figures in home runs since Kellie Sirus (17) and Abby Keese (14) in 2010.
Cartwright drove in Lipscomb’s second run of the game in the third inning. She drove in junior Bree Thurman with a single up the middle, giving her 26 RBI this season and eight during the Mustang Classic.
Ball State got a run back in the fifth inning thanks to a lead-off home run by Amanda Carpenter.
That would be the only blemish on the day for Kiihnl, who turned in another in a string of impressive outings. She went the distance, earning her 17th victory by scattering four hits and striking out a season-high tying 11 batters.
The Lady Bison grabbed an insurance run in the sixth inning, scoring Cartwright on a groundout by sophomore Haley Elliott.
Cartwright went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, while Thurman added two hits from the lead-off spot.
Lipscomb has no midweek games this week, electing to rest up before opening up the Atlantic Sun schedule. The Lady Bison will be in Jacksonville, Fla. for doubleheaders against North Florida (March 30) and Jacksonville (March 31).
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