MOBILE, Ala. – Apologies to Bob Dylan, but the Lipscomb Lady Bisons won’t be stuck inside of Mobile with the blues of any kind.
Sunday afternoon they pounded 12 hits, including four for extra bases, in a 9-1 win over Mercer which was called in the sixth inning due to the run-rule. The Lady Bisons closed out the Jaguar Challenge at Jaguar Field with a 3-2 record including two wins in a row.
“We got off to a great start offensively,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I was proud of our effort. We were punching from the get-go.”
Lipscomb is 6-4. Mercer falls to 3-8.
The Lady Bisons scored in all six innings. The big blasts were a two-run homer by Jenna Pealor in the fifth, an RBI-triple by Graysen Gladden in the fourth and a pair of doubles, including one for an RBI in the first, by Hannah DeVault.
“It was so cool to see Jenna hit her first home run,” Ryman said. “We knew what she was capable of going back to her freshman season, but her health was a challenge for her. It is a blessing to see her come through the way she has this season.”
Speed also played a factor in the win. The Lady Bisons stole six bases with Pealor stealing home in the second and Abby Davis also stealing home in the third.
Katie Turner, 4-1, gave up two hits and one run in five innings. She struck out six and walked one. Chloe Rogers threw the sixth inning and did not allow a base runner. She struck out one.
“On the whole, our pitching struggled the first part of the weekend,” Ryman said. “We challenged them after our first game Saturday morning (4-3 loss to Tulsa) to do their job and to do what they are capable of doing.
“We got the no-hitter from Megan Gray against North Dakota Saturday night and the two-hitter from Katie Turner. It was great to see those performances.”
Lynn Gardner, 3-2, pitched five innings for Mercer. She scattered 11 hits and gave up eight runs, seven earned. Sydney Tucker was on the mound to start the sixth and gave up a run, a hit and a walk.
“This is truly a family,” Ryman said. “We had a lot of special moments. We are all in this for each other.”
- The home run by Pealor was the first of her career. Her parents were in the stands to see it, making it even more special Ryman said.
- DeVault and Sarah Higgins were named to the all-tournament team.
- DeVault had a game-high three hits in as many at bats.
- DeVault has slammed three doubles in her last two games.
- Peyton Ward and Davis each stole a game-high two bases. Ward has three stolen bases in her last two games. The six stolen bases are a team high this season.
- Ward was the lead-off hitter in the last two games.
- The 12 hits tied the team season high. The Lady Bisons connected for 12 hits against Samford Feb. 8.
- Jordan Fortel leads the team with an eight-game hitting streak followed by Ward with seven and Pealor with a five-game streak.
The Lady Bisons travel to Tallahassee, Florida for the Unconquered Invitational hosted by Florida State.
Friday they open the day with Samford at 9 a.m. followed by Florida State at 4:30 p.m. Saturday Lipscomb faces Florida State again at 2 p.m. followed by Elon at 4:30. The Lady Bisons close out the weekend against Elon Sunday morning at 9.