LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A three-run rally in the eighth inning gave the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team a 4-1 win over Louisville Tuesday night at Ulmer Stadium.
Lipscomb is 32-13 overall. Louisville, from the Atlantic Coast Conference, slips to 25-14.
It was a “happy birthday” gift for Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman.
“It was a fun present to get a win on the road against a very good team,” Ryman said. “Overall, it was a clean, well-played game on both sides.”
The Lady Bisons struck first as Peyton Ward slammed a solo home run to left field in the second inning.
“Peyton has got power,” Ryman said. “She has put together some really quality at bats lately. She has grown up during the course of the season.
“She let it fly on that one in the second inning. It really took off. That definitely gave us some energy.”
The Cardinals tied the game with a run in the fourth on a double and a single.
In the eighth Destinee Brewer led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a bunt single by Kasey Gibson. Abby Fenichel was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Caitlin Plocheck singled to third to score Brewer with the go-ahead run. Sarah Higgins reached on a fielder’s choice that brought in Gibson. Hannah DeVault singled to center to drive Plocheck across the plate with the final run.
“I thought our bats got better as the game went on and we were finally able to string it together in the eighth,” Ryman said. “Both teams worked out of jams early.
“Neither pitcher was allowing much of anything. Both defenses were playing well. We did a good job of piecing together a big inning in the eighth.”
Mandy Jordan, 21-7, went the distance for Lipscomb. She allowed three hits, struck out five, walked two and hit one batter. She retired the final 13 batters she faced.
“Mandy threw a great game,” Ryman said. “It was typical Mandy. She just kept attacking.”
Maryssa Becker, 19-8, took the loss scattering eight hits. All four runs were earned. She struck out six, walked two and hit one batter.
- The Lady Bisons are 4-3 in eight-inning games and 3-1 in five-inning games.
- They are 2-1 in the overall series with Louisville.
- Plocheck added her 14th double of the season.
- Plocheck moved into the team lead with her 15th multi-hit game.
- Both of Ward’s home runs have been against ACC teams. Her first was at Florida State.
Next up: The Lady Bisons close out the week Thursday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium with a single game against Chattanooga at 5.