TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sarah Higgins drove in the first and last runs for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
Her home run in the second to left center was followed by Destinee Brewer’s double that drove in two runs.
Higgins would have to wait until the bottom of the 11th inning for her second RBI. Hannah DeVault led off with a double and Higgins singled up the middle to bring home DeVault with the game-winner.
“Sarah is really off to a good start,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “It is so impressive when you know what she has been through coming back so quickly from an injury back in October. She brings so much to our lineup.”
After 41 at bats, 12 hits and 14 runners left on base the Lady Bisons edged Elon 5-4. Lipscomb split the second day of the Unconquered Invitational at JoAnne Graf Field Saturday after losing to host and No. 1-ranked Florida State 14-2.
“We were the home team,” Ryman said. “We told our players we had the chance to walk it off. We just had to stay loose and not press.
“It was a great finish. We didn’t give in. We didn’t get tired. We really kept fighting. I am proud of our effort at the end.”
Elon picked up two runs in the third and one in the fourth and fifth to take a 4-3 lead.
Brewer would tie the game 4-4 with her third RBI on a single in the sixth.
Megan Gray started for Lipscomb. In 3.1 innings she allowed three hits and three runs, all earned, while walking four and striking out two.
Chloe Yeager threw 2.2 innings and gave up two hits and one run. She walked one and struck out one.
In the seventh Mandy Jordan entered the game in a rare relief appearance. She gave up only three hits in five shutout innings. She struck out two and did not walk a batter. With the win Jordan evened her record at 3-3.
“Mandy threw really well,” Ryman said. “It was really a great job. She gave up a couple of hits late but she found ways to help us win.”
Abby Barker, 4-2, went the distance for Elon. All five runs for Lipscomb were earned. She walked seven and did not strike out a batter.
“Elon’s pitcher threw her heart out,” Ryman said. “I was very impressed with her effort.”
Lipscomb, 8-6, is scheduled for a rematch with Elon, 7-5, at 9 a.m. Sunday. There is a chance of thunderstorms.