TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sarah Higgins slammed a two-out walk-off home run to right center field to bring in three runs in the eighth inning for a 5-2 win for Lipscomb over Furman Sunday morning.
“It was a monster home run over the top of the scorecard,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “The count was 0-2 and she battled the count to 3-2 and got the big hit. “
The Lady Bisons closed out the Unconquered Invitational at Florida State’s JoAnne Graf Field with a 2-3 record to open the season. Both wins were over Furman which falls to 0-5.
“I am so proud of this group right now,” Ryman said. “Obviously, we would have liked to be more on the winning side record-wise. The early games are there to test us.”
After a disappointing 6-4 loss to Marshall Saturday night Ryman was happy with the way her team recovered.
“We felt like we had given the game away to Marshall for the second day in a row,” Ryman said. “We were really frustrated after that game.
“The challenge for us was to accept what happened and not go back to the hotel and replay every negative thing. I wanted them to turn the page and move forward.”
Furman scored one run in both the second and fourth innings, including a home run in the fourth by AnnaRose Borrelli.
Lipscomb tied the game with two runs in the fifth. Hannah DeVault led off with a walk. With two outs Kasey Gibson singled to center field to move DeVault to second. Khayla Green entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Destinee Brewer and walked to load the bases.
Peyton Ward connected for a single up the middle to bring home DeVault and Gibson.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the eighth. After opening the inning with two outs Abby Fenichel reached base on a throwing error by Furman’s third baseman and advanced to second on the play. Abby White came in to pinch run for Fenichel. Caitlin Plocheck was walked intentionally. Higgins brought them both home with her blast.
Right-hander Mandy Jordan, 2-1, went the distance for Lipscomb. She gave up six hits, struck out five and walked three.
“Mandy continued to fight,” Ryman said. “She is built to throw a lot of innings, but she has never had to do it at this level. She really gutted it out with two eight-inning and games and one seven-inning game that went down to the wire.”
Lindsey Bert, 0-3, threw for Furman. She was struck for six hits and five earned runs. She struck out four and walked four.
“We got down early,” Ryman said. “The cool thing is we haven’t had too many of those games where we have come from behind like that.
“We came back from behind, which was great considering how our game with Marshall ended Saturday night. Late in the game it was all about can we find a way to do it one more time.”
- Plocheck hit a double, her third of the season.
- Gibson put together her first multi-hit game of the season with a pair of singles.
- Higgins has four RBI in her last two games.
- Jordan threw her third complete game, tying her career high set last season.
- DeVault slammed her second double of the season.
- Ward has at least one hit in her last four games.
- Plocheck has hit safely in all five games this season.
- It was the first appearance of the season for Green.
- The Lady Bisons are 1-1 in extra-inning games.