NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman expected a tough game with Bowling Green State University.
Her expectation proved to be correct. In the final game of Saturday’s round-robin at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium the Lady Bisons, 17-6, hung on for a 3-2 win over the Falcons, 14-10.
The Lady Bisons beat IUPUI 9-0 in five innings earlier in the day. Lipscomb has won three games in a row and six of its last seven.
“Bowling Green is a good hitting team,” Ryman said. “They go up and attack good pitches. Their hitters are very disciplined.
“I didn’t expect it to be a wide margin. I expected it was going to be tightly-contested.”
The round-robin continues Sunday. The Lady Bisons face Bowling Green at 1:30 p.m. and play IUPUI at 4. Bowling Green and IUPU play at 11 a.m. to start the day.
“We have to come back out and find a way to beat both teams again,” Ryman said. “We just want to keep challenging our team.
“Statistically, we may not be where we want but I don’t worry about that. I just want to win games.”
Lipscomb pitcher Mandy Jordan extended her unbeaten record to 11 wins. She scattered seven hits, walked four and struck out two. Only one run she allowed was earned.
Brooke Parker, 6-5, took the loss for Bowling Green State. She gave up three hits, struck out two and walked six.
“We are capable of more than three hits,” Ryman said. “When I see lower hit numbers there are times when you have to tip your hat to the pitcher. Their pitcher made some good pitches.
“We didn’t do a good job of adjusting quick enough. We could have had a better showing offensively. We struggled to put it together.”
One of those three hits was a three-run home run over the left field fence for Peyton Ward with one out in the fourth inning.
“Peyton does that in practice all of the time,” Ryman said. “She took some balls early and gave herself a good count.
“She got a good pitch. She mechanically adjusted to what we have been talking with her about. She did the work and really drove the ball. That made the difference in the game.”
The Falcons had struck first with two runs in the top of the fourth, including a solo home run by Sarah Gonzalez to center field to lead off the inning. They added one more run on a ground out to second.
“After Bowling Green had the home run and the other run on a fielder’s choice I thought we responded in the bottom half of the inning which was what we wanted to see,” Ryman said. “That was huge for us to respond immediately and we did it with the bottom part of the order.”
- It was the second home run of the season for Ward and her first multiple-RBI game of the season.
- Ward, Sarah Higgins and Caitlin Plocheck each had one hit.
The Lady Bisons will pick back up tomorrow with games against Bowling Green at 1:30 p.m. and IUPUI at 4.