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Gray no-hits North Dakota 7-0 as softball splits day
Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Mark McGee
Gray no-hits North Dakota 7-0 as softball splits day

MOBILE, Ala. – It was almost perfect and that was good enough.

Megan Gray threw the first no-hitter of the year and for her career for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons, a 7-0 win over North Dakota Saturday afternoon in the Jaguar Challenge at Jaguar Field. Only a walk in the fifth inning kept Gray from throwing a perfect game.

Gray, 1-0, struck out 13 batters, a season high for a Lipscomb pitcher.

“Megan pitched lights out,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “It was so cool for us to see where she has come from and to see her have such a big moment like this. It speaks volumes for her growth and development.

“North Dakota is not a bad team. For Megan to no-hit them and be one walk away from a perfect game is incredible. I am super proud of her staying in the moment and attacking each batter. What a moment for her in a weekend where our pitching has struggled.”

Lipscomb relied on power and speed for runs. In the third Sarah Higgins blasted a three-run homer to left field and Hannah DeVault connected for an RBI-double to center field.

In the fourth Destinee Brewer stole home as Peyton Ward stole second. Jordan Fortel added a single through the left side to drive home Ward.

Graysen Gladden walked with bases loaded in the seventh for the final run for the Lady Bisons.

Higgins has been easing back into the lineup since recovering from an injury over the past seven months. She worked behind the plate in a reserve role in game one against Tulsa and was the starting catcher against North Dakota.

“We didn’t think Sarah would be ready to play until next weekend,” Ryman said. “But we got the green light and decided we would work her in slowly.

“Her home run against North Dakota was another fun moment. It has been a very impressive start for her. To have her back so quickly speaks volumes about how hard she works.”

Emily Rosas, 0-2, took the loss for North Dakota. She gave up six hits and six runs in 3.1 innings. She walked four and struck out four.

Nikki Pica threw 3.2 innings in relief and scattered four hits, walked four and struck out six while allowing one run.

Lipscomb is 5-4. North Dakota drops to 1-7.

 

QUICK PITCHES

  • The Lady Bisons have two home runs this season. Hannah DeVault has the other one against McNeese State in a 6-1 win.
  • Four Lady Bisons stole bases. Gladden and Khayla Green each stole a base in addition to Ward and Brewer against North Dakota.
  • The 13 strikeouts recorded by Gray were one short of tying the team season high of 14 set against Campbell.
  • Fortel leads the team with hits in her last six games. Ward has hits in her last five. Fortel also has reached base in seven straight games, a team high. Ward has reached base in her last five games and Green in her last four.
  • Jessica Goodwin made her season debut as a pinch hitter.
  • Higgins led the Lady Bisons with two hits, a game high along with her RBI total.

 

NEXT

The Lady Bisons close out the Jaguar Challenge Sunday at 12:15 with a rematch with Mercer, a former ASUN foe. Lipscomb beat the Bears 6-5 in eight innings Friday.