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Win: YEAGER (1-0) 4.020013
Loss: Rigney (4-2) 2.253112
HIGGINS (LIP) 413000
Porter (TROY) 412100
Echols (TROY) 402000
Softball comes back for 8-6 extra innings win over Troy
Friday, February 24, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball comes back for 8-6 extra innings win over Troy

TROY, Ala. – They needed four pitchers, 13 hits, eight runs and eight innings but it was worth the effort.

Friday night the Lipscomb Lady Bisons overcame a 6-0 deficit for an 8-6 win over host Troy at the Troy Classic at the Troy Softball Complex.

“In 12 years that is one of the best come-from-behind wins I have ever been a part of,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “After three innings we were down 6-0. I was thinking if we don’t get some offense going this could lead to a run-rule loss.

“We were down so much. One of the amazing things to me about this game was how many big plays there were on both offense and defense involving so many different people. It was such a fun game to be a part of because of that.”

Lipscomb is 8-4. Troy falls to 8-3.

The Lady Bisons started chipping away in the top of the fourth. Caitlin Plocheck singled up the middle to lead off the inning. She would later score on a single up the middle by Abby Fenichel.

The fifth was a huge inning as Hannah DeVault slammed a three-run homer to left field with two outs. Chloe Yeager made it a four-run inning when she singled up the middle to drive in Sarah Higgins who had reached on a single to right field.

“It became a totally new game then,” Ryman said. “We could feel the momentum shift.”

Lipscomb tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth as Kasey Gibson brought Khayla Green home on a triple down the right field line.

In the eighth Abby White started on second base. Gibson was safe on an error by the shortstop. Peyton Ward singled to short to drive in White and Gibson with what proved to be the game-inning runs.

Taylor Neuhart opened the game in the circle for Lipscomb. She pitched 1.1 innings giving up three hits and three runs, all earned. Neuhart walked two and did not record a strikeout.

Megan Gray relieved for Neuhart in the second. She scattered six hits and allowed three runs, all earned. She struck out one and did not walk a batter in 1.2 innings.

Yeager entered the game and threw four shutout innings for the win, her first. She gave up two hits, walked one and struck out three.

“We knew Chloe was going to throw at some point over the weekend because she has been building up to that,” Ryman said. “She came in and just halted all of the momentum Troy had.

“She did a fantastic job. Chloe is a change-of-pace kind of pitcher, but she did a great job of hitting her spots and just competing. As a pitcher you have to challenge hitters and Chloe did that to give our offense a chance to come back and get a win.”

Mandy Jordan was needed in the eighth. She came into the game with no outs and runners on second and third and retired the next three batters in order to pick up her first save of the season. She recorded one strikeout.

Rachel Rigney, 4-2, was given the loss for Troy after pitching the final 2.2 innings.

“We used everybody that was healthy in the game,” Ryman said. “In the seventh, with two outs, Erica Davis hit a ball to center field for Troy that was going out of the park. Kasey Gibson went up and caught it as the ball was about to go over the fence. If she doesn’t make that play Troy wins on a walk-off.

“Our team knows what it is capable of, but now they are starting to see it. That is when the excitement starts building when they start believing they can come from behind and beat ranked teams. Doing those two things today was huge for us.”

Scorebook notes:

  • Plocheck has at least one hit in all 12 games this season.
  • It was Yeager’s first appearance as a pitcher in a college game.
  • DeVault hit her first home run of her college career.
  • Gibson slammed her third triple of the season.
  • Gibson leads the team with five multi-hit games. Plocheck has four.
  • Plocheck and Higgins each had three hits. Gibson and Ward added two.
  • Three RBI for DeVault is a season game high for her.
  • The Lady Bisons are 2-1 in eight-inning games this season.
  • Pitcher McCarley Thomas was unable to throw Friday due to an illness, but is expected back for Saturday’s games.

Next up: Lipscomb opens Saturday morning at 10 with a first-ever game against Southeastern Louisiana.

The Lady Bisons have a rematch with No. 19 Pittsburgh at 12:30 Saturday after a 1-0 win Friday.