TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons knew Florida State would be their biggest challenge of the year.
They were correct in that knowledge. Friday night at the Unconquered Invitational at JoAnne Graf Field, the host Florida State Seminoles shut out the Lady Bisons 13-0 in a game called in the fifth inning due to the run-rule.
“I think there were some positives in the game,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I said earlier Florida State is No. 1 for a reason.
“We wanted to make sure after the game everyone was aware that is wasn’t a completely negative game. But clearly it was not our best game.
Florida State connected for 14 hits including three home runs and four doubles.
The Seminoles scored four in the first, six in the second and three in the fourth inning.
Megan Gray, 1-1, started in the circle for Lipscomb. She gave up seven hits and seven runs, all earned, in one inning. She walked two and did not strike out a batter.
Chloe Yeager took over in the second inning and scattered seven hits for six runs, three earned, in 2.1 innings. She struck out one batter and walked two.
Jordan Fortel closed out the game getting two outs. She struck out one and faced only two batters.
“Megan had some good moments,” Ryman said. “But it was not her sharpest start. Chloe came in and did a good job but hit a wall. Jordan did a good job of working out of a jam.”
Meghan King, 7-0, was the winning pitcher. She threw 3.2 innings and allowed two hits and one walk while striking out five.
Cassidy Davis pitched the final 1.1 innings. She allowed one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.
“We made really good contact against a really good pitcher (King),” Ryman said. “We had some opportunities with runners on base.
“It wasn’t her best game. We didn’t take full advantage of that opportunity.”
Hannah DeVault’s double in the first inning was the big hit for Lipscomb.
Lipscomb is 7-5. Florida State is 14-0.
One negative for Ryman was the defensive effort by her Lady Bisons. They were credited with three errors, but the stat didn’t tell the entire story.
“Our defense needs to be better,” Ryman said. “There were several miscues that hurt us and they didn’t all go down as errors. There were balls that dropped for hits because we weren’t positioned properly.
“Florida State is not a team that strikes out much. Our defense has to be better behind our pitchers in that situation. We just have to move on and have a short memory of this game.”
The Lady Bisons continue the Unconquered Invitational Saturday with a rematch with Florida State at 2 followed by Elon at 4:30.
Lipscomb closes out the weekend Sunday at 9 against Elon.