TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A strong start by the Lipscomb softball team didn’t translate into victory.
After scoring three runs to open the game, the Lady Bisons allowed Marshall to score two runs in the first, two in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth for a 6-4 win Saturday night.
Lipscomb entered the game as the No. 3 seed. Marshall was seeded No. 2. The Lady Bisons are 1-3. Marshall is 3-1.
Sunday at 9 a.m. the Lady Bisons close out the Unconquered Invitational at Florida State’s JoAnne Graf Field against No. 4-seed Furman, 0-4.
Host Florida State, 4-0, will face Marshall in the championship game.
The Lady Bisons split the second day of the invitational after starting the day with a 2-1 win over Furman.
In the first Peyton Ward scored as Caitlin Plocheck reached base on a fielding error by the shortstop. Sarah Higgins drove in Abby Fenichel with a double to center field. Mimi Cartwright brought Plocheck home with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Marshall answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, both on throwing errors.
Lipscomb came back with one more run in the second as Plocheck doubled down the left field line to score Destinee Brewer.
Marshall struck for two runs in the fourth on a fielding error to tie the game at 4-4.
The Herd added one run on a fielder’s choice in the fifth and another with a sacrifice fly to right field in the sixth.
McCarley Thomas, 0-2, went the distance for Lipscomb. She scattered six hits, walked six and struck out six.
Lipscomb opened the Unconquered Invitational with a 2-1 loss to Marshall Friday morning.
- Plocheck has opened the season with a four-game hitting streak, including three extra base hits with two doubles and a home run.
- The six strikeouts by Thomas are a career game high.
- Higgins’ double was her first extra base hit of the season.
- Fenichel has been hit by a pitch three times in four games.