NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb softball team’s bats came alive in the second half of Saturday’s contest against Jacksonville, giving the Lady Bisons a 7-5 win in game one of a doubleheader.
Lipscomb (24-10, 4-3) went scoreless in the first three innings before exploding for seven runs in the final three frames.
Jacksonville (21-17, 3-1) started off strong, notching two runs in the first inning and one run each in the second and third innings.
The Lady Bisons took their first lead with five two-out runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Senior Caitlin Plocheck started the run with a first-pitch solo home run.
Sophomore Peyton Ward walked, stole second, and junior Grayson Gladden singled to left, scoring Ward for the Lady Bisons second run.
Junior Destinee Brewer then singled and freshman Catilin Turner walked, loading the bases for the Bisons.
Senior Abby Fenichel blasted a bases-clearing double to put Lipscomb ahead 5-4.
In the fifth, the teams traded runs as JU tied it up 5-5 and junior Sarah Higgins answered with a solo home run for Lipscomb to pull ahead 6-5.
The Purple and Gold added an insurance run in the sixth has Fenichel notched another RBI double, scoring Turner.
Junior Mandy Jordan notched the win after five inning of work with four strikeouts, four walks, and four earned runs allowed. She is now 14-3 on the year.
Alyssa Bilodeau earned the loss for Jacksonville, falling to 13-6.
Lipscomb and Jacksonville will play game two of the doubleheader after the deck dedication ceremony in the outfield. Check back for a full recap of today’s games.