DELAND, Fla. – Day two of the ASUN Tournament saw a turnaround for the Lipscomb softball team as the Lady Bisons fought off elimination with a 4-1 win over No. 6 Stetson on Thursday afternoon at Patricia Wilson Field.
No. 5 seed Lipscomb (33-16) took the lead early thanks to a two-run home run that sophomore Hannah DeVault launched off the scoreboard.
Senior Caitlin Plocheck also scored on the play after singling to start off the inning.
After a doubled, Molly McLaughlin scored on an error to give Stetson (26-25) their first run of the game.
Lipscomb loaded the bases in the third with singles from junior Jordan Fortel, DeVault, and Plocheck. Sophomore Peyton Ward singled to right field, scoring Fortel to put Lipscomb ahead 3-1.
In the fourth, senior Abby Fenichel and Fortel notched back-to-back two-out doubles, with Fenichel scoring on Fortel’s hit.
Sophomore Chloe Yeager (10-2) went the distance for Lipscomb, gaining her 10th win of the year after. She allowed just one run and six hits while throwing four strikeouts.
Lipscomb softball head coach Kristin Ryman’s thoughts:
On bouncing back from a day-one loss:
“We were really disappointed yesterday. That was probably my biggest message to them. It wasn’t anger, it was just disappointment.
“We were prepared coming in. We felt as good of an energy coming into the tournament as I’ve felt in a while and felt like we had been playing pretty well as of late, but we came out tentative and unsure at the plate.
“Pitching-wise, we weren’t sharp. We made some uncharacteristic defensive mistakes. Nothing was really going our way. I told them, we have to come out, set the tone better, and we’ve got to fight.”
On playing as the higher seed on the road:
“This is a great park to play in. They get a ton of support. Their fans are great. It is a little bit unusual being the home team on their field, but I feel like we came out and did what we tried to do yesterday, which was set the tone early.”
“I thought she threw great. She did exactly what we needed her to do. Getting a complete game out of her was really big so that some of our other pitchers could rest.
“She’s just that pitcher that gives teams fits, keeps people off balance, and just moves the ball. She’s not a strikeout pitcher, but I thought the defense did a great job behind her. She had their number all day.”
On the offense:
“I thought the whole middle of our lineup hit the ball well. Hannah obviously was the big spark with the home run early in the game. Jordan Fortel was 4-4 and had a great game. Plocheck had a great game. Peyton Ward had some key at-bats. Abby was on base a lot.”
- Fortel led Lipscomb at the plate, going a perfect 4-4 on the day.
- Fortel’s team-best hit streak was extended to five games. She has also reached base in team-high seven straight games.
- Plocheck’s three hits gave her 12 multi-hit games on the year.
- Fenichel and DeVault each notched two hits. It was Fenichel’s 13th multi-hit game and DeVault’s 11th.
- Ward drew a team-high two walks. She has 20 on the year.
- DeVault’s home run was her fifth of the season.
- DeVault’s two RBI game was her fourth multi-RBI game of the season.
NEXT UP: Lipscomb will play tomorrow at 3 p.m. eastern/2 p.m. central. They will play against the winner of tonight’s game between No. 5 Jacksonville and No. 3 USC Upstate.
“Heading into that game, we are thinking about revenge truthfully. I think our group is really motivated right now to come back and be better tomorrow. Whether it’s Jacksonville or Upstate, we want some revenge. If we come out and do what we’re capable of, we’re a tough team to beat.”