LAKE CHARLES, La. – A little power mixed in with a strong pitching performance proved to be just what the Lipscomb Lady Bisons needed for a successful formula.
After losing earlier in the day 5-0 to No. 14-ranked Arkansas, the Lady Bisons bounced back in the nightcap of the Cowgirl Classic Saturday night to beat host McNeese 6-1 at Joe Miller Field. The Lady Bisons raised their record to 3-1. McNeese fell to 2-3.
Freshman Katie Turner threw a complete game victory, her second in as many starts this season for Lipscomb. She also added two hits, including a double.
“Katie continues to roll on with both her pitching and hitting,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “McNeese is a really good team. They have won their conference championship the past three years. They have good hitters from top to bottom.
“In the seventh inning Katie walked a couple of batters. Megan went out and talked with her (pitching coach Megan Rhodes Smith) and she finished it up quickly after that. She is not overwhelmed with the moment.”
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Lady Bisons struck for four runs in the fourth. With one out Hannah DeVault singled. Katie Turner and Khayla Green walked. Destinee Brewer drove both of them home with a double to left center. The Lady Bisons added two more runs on a fielder’s choice by Abby Davis.
DeVault slammed a home run to left field for the lone run in the fourth. Graysen Gladden would score in the seventh.
“Hannah just hammered it,” Ryman said. “She can hit with power and it was exciting to see her do it, especially after the Arkansas game where all our hitters struggled.”
The lone run for McNeese was in the second inning.
Katie Turner struck out five and walked five. She gave up three hits and the one earned run.
Caroline Settle, 0-2, pitched three innings for McNeese. She allowed five hits and five runs, all earned. She struck out one and walked two. Saleen Flores pitched the final four innings, giving up one hit and one run, unearned. She walked one and struck out one.
Ryman thought the Lady Bisons took a lot of positives from the Arkansas loss and liked the way her team bounced back against McNeese.
“Our pitchers did a good job against Arkansas,” Ryman said. “Mary Haff is an All-America pitcher. She has good movement on her pitches. Arkansas is a good team, but when Haff is pitching they are even better.”
- DeVault’s home run was the first of the season for the Lady Bisons.
- Katie Turner has three doubles in her last three games.
- Davis drove in two runs for the first time this season and has four RBI in the first four games.
- Katie Turner has two multiple-hit games.
The Lady Bisons close out the Cowgirl Classic Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with a rematch with McNeese.