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Mercer202001005106
Lipscomb00202011690
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: TURNER (3-0) 2.110000
Loss: O'Dell (0-1) 3.032101
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Lane (MER) 423100
Jones (MER) 413200
GREEN (LIP) 302210
BREWER (LIP) 412000
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Lipscomb0030200572
South Alabama101600X873
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: A. Reid (1-2) 4.075222
Loss: JORDAN (1-2) 6.054464
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
WARD (LIP) 422000
FORTEL (LIP) 422200
DEVAULT (LIP) 402300
K. Cronan (USA) 424301
Softball splits day one at Jaguar Challenge with loss to South Alabama
Friday, February 15, 2019
By Mark McGee
Softball splits day one at Jaguar Challenge with loss to South Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. – One inning was too much for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.

The host South Alabama Jaguars scored six runs in the fourth inning for an 8-5 win Friday night. The Lady Bisons split the first day of the Jaguar Challenge. They opened with a 6-5, eight-inning win, over Mercer at Jaguar Field.

In the crucial fourth South Alabama used three hits, all singles, three walks and one error to produce their runs.

“It was a shame one inning could change things so drastically,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I feel like we outplayed them in every part of the game, but our pitching. It was a frustrating game.”

Lipscomb scored three runs in the third as Peyton Ward, Jordan Fortel and Hannah DeVault all hit singles. Fortel drove in one run and DeVault had two RBI.

The trio struck again in the fifth inning for two runs with Ward leading off with a triple followed by Fortel with a triple and a double by DeVault. All three were hit to right center.

“We were smashing the ball to right center,” Ryman said. “I thought our hitters did a good job, especially in the second game.”

Mandy Jordan, 1-2, started for Lipscomb. She was replaced with Chloe Yeager in the fourth inning. Jordan came back to finish the game.
Jordan allowed five hits and four earned runs in six innings. She walked six and struck out four. Yeager did not get an out, but gave up four runs, three earned, on two hits. She walked two batters.

“Our pitching was not sharp,” Ryman said. “It is tough on Mandy and Chloe when they are not at their best because they are so competitive.”

Alexis Reid, 1-2, was the starter and winner for South Alabama. In four innings she allowed seven hits and five runs, two earned. She struck out two and walked two.

Samantha Yarbrough pitched the final three innings. She struck out seven of the nine batters she faced to pick up the save. She did not allow a base runner.

“Yarbrough came in and gave a different look than the first pitcher,” Ryman said. “We just didn’t make adjustments. She did a very good job.”
South Alabama’s Kennedy Cronan was the big hitter in the game with a perfect 4-for-4 performance including a solo home run to left field in the third inning. She also added a double, drove in three runs and scored twice.QUICK PITCHES
The triples by Fortel and Ward were their first of the season.

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  • Khayla Green and Destinee Brewer each stole a base. They have two apiece for the season.
  • Ward, Fortel and DeVault each connected for two hits. Ward leads the team with four multi-hit games.
  • Fortel is the team leader with a four-game hitting streak. Ward has hits in her last three games.

NEXT
The Lady Bisons will face two opponents for the first time Saturday. They play Tulsa at 9 a.m. followed by North Dakota at 1:30.
Tulsa, 4-3, won two games at the Jaguar Challenge Friday beating Mercer 3-2 and North Dakota 2-0.