- FORT MYERS, Fla. – If not for one inning, who knows what would have happened.
But one inning for Florida Gulf Coast made the difference Friday afternoon as the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team fell 4-0. It was the regular season finale for both teams.
Lipscomb finishes the regular season 35-18, 8-10 in the ASUN. Florida Gulf Coast is 26-28, 8-9 in the conference. Both teams have qualified for the ASUN Conference Tournament scheduled Wednesday through Saturday at Lipscomb’s Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.
The Lady Bisons will be the No. 5 seed in the tournament. Florida Gulf Coast will be the No. 4 seed.
“It’s near the end of a long season,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I told our players the best teams I have coached have found a way to find a second wind.
“Teams have to be driven this time of the year. They have to have a fire and a purpose. Those are teams that win championships.”
All the runs scored in the game were in the third inning. Florida Gulf Coast capitalized on three walks and four hits, including a two-RBI double to right center by Innamorato.
Mandy Jordan, 22-10, started for Lipscomb. She gave up five hits and four runs in 2.1 innings. She struck out four and walked three.
McCarley Thomas came on in relief in the third with one out and the bases loaded. She struck out a batter and forced a ground out to end the inning without another run scoring.
Thomas threw 3.2 scoreless innings. She struck out three, walked one and hit one batter. She did not allow a hit.
Taylor Wade, 9-14, earned the shutout. She scattered six hits. She walked two and did not strike out a batter.
Hannah DeVault led the Lady Bisons at the plate with two hits.
“You have to go out and be the aggressor,” Ryman said. “You have to go out and want it if you are going to get a win. This team knows it is capable of more.
“We can’t go into a series unprepared thinking that all we have to do is show up and win. You practice with a purpose and you show up on game day. You find a way to win.”
- This was the sixth time the Lady Bisons have been shut out this season. Five of them have been against ASUN teams.
- DeVault moved into third on the team in multiple-hit games with 11.
- Kasey Gibson had two hits giving her 15 multiple-hit games for the season.