TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Elon had to leave early on a jet plane and was unable to squeeze a final decision into their luggage.
The early departure also left the Lipscomb Lady Bisons holding the baggage after fighting back for an 8-8 tie. The game ended after seven innings Sunday afternoon when it was decided it could not continue if Elon was going to make its flight home on time.
“It was a little weird for our girls,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “They usually don’t have ties in softball.
“With the weather this morning the game was pushed back an hour. Florida State did a great job of having both teams ready for the later start. But had we started on time I don’t think there would have been an issue.”
For the second game in a row the two teams were tied after seven. Saturday night Lipscomb came back for a 5-4 win in 11 innings in the Unconquered Invitational at JoAnne Graf Field at Florida State University.
Lipscomb jumped out to a 4-0 lead with two runs each in the first and second innings. But Elon pulled ahead with a six-run second.
“I felt like we had a pretty good start offensively,” Ryman said. “But our pitching and defense did not have good starts.
“We started Jordan Fortel because she was out freshest pitcher. We thought it would be a good opportunity for her but she had a rough couple of innings.”
Elon would add one more in the fourth for a 7-4 lead.
In the fifth Lipscomb tied the game 7-7 with three runs on a pair of doubles. Jenna Pealor drove in one run and Caitlin Turner brought home two.
Elon made it 8-7 with a run in the fifth.
A single in the sixth by Jordan Fortel brought home Amy Vetula for the 8-8 tie.
Neither team scored in the seventh.
Fortel pitched 1 1/3 innings. She gave up six runs on six hits, struck out one and did not walk a batter. Megan Gray pitched the final 5 1/3 innings. She scattered four hits and allowed two runs. She struck out three and walked three.
Hailey Jomp was the Elon starter. She lasted 4 2/3 innings. She gave up seven hits and seven runs and two walks. She did not record a strikeout.
Kenna Quinn closed out the game. In 2 1/3 innings she struck out two, walked two and allowed one run on four hits.
Lipscomb is 8-6-1. Elon is 7-5-1.
“We fought hard,” Ryman said. “We had to piece it together.
“Megan made some good pitches in the bottom of the seventh to keep Elon from scoring the winning run. But we are not satisfied with a tie.”
- Peyton Ward led the Lady Bisons with a game-high three hits. She leads the team with six multi-hit games. This was her first three-hit game of the season.
- Caitlin Turner recorded her first multiple-RBI game of the season with a two-run double.
- Fortel extended her hitting streak to 12 games and her on base streak to 13 games. Ward has reached base in her last 11 games and Hannah DeVault has been on base in her last 10.
- Ward stole a base for her sixth of the season. She is tied with Abby Davis for the team lead.
- Katie Turner, who has been both an offensive and defensive threat, was unable to make the trip due to sickness.
- Joining Ward with multiple hits in the game were Graysen Gladden, Pealor and Turner.
The Lady Bisons are home for the first time this season to host the Purple and Gold Challenge at Draper Diamond.
Friday Lipscomb opens with Appalachian State at 3 p.m.
Saturday they face Miami (Ohio) at 12:30 and Eastern Illinois at 3.
Sunday they will play Eastern Illinois at 3 p.m.