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Miami (OH)0100000141
Win: JORDAN (5-3) 7.0411211
Loss: PRATT (3-4) 4.264412
WAHL (MIAMI) 301000
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Win: TURNER (7-1) 1.200011
Loss: MONTGOMERY (0-8) 1.121131
BURTON (EIU) 313100
WARD (LIP) 411000
GLADDEN (LIP) 301010
DEVAULT (LIP) 201020
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DAVIS (LIP) 101010
Softball goes 2-0 to finish Purple & Gold Challenge unbeaten
Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Mark McGee
Softball goes 2-0 to finish Purple & Gold Challenge unbeaten

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb softball team has developed a reputation for grittiness.

“We started hearing it at the tournament at South Alabama,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “People were saying we are a team that just doesn’t give up. You can never count us out.”

Saturday in the Purple/Gold Challenge at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium the Lady Bisons opened the day with a 6-1 win over Miami (Ohio) and finished with a 4-2 victory over Eastern Illinois.

Lipscomb is 12-6-1. Eastern Illinois fell to 4-13.

“even though there were moments when we weren’t hitting the ball well, we never thought it wasn’t going to happen,” Ryman said. “It was a matter of when.

“I love that about this team…the confidence of knowing we are not out of a game. It is fun to see that grit and fight.”

With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh Jenna Pealor slammed a double to right center field with two outs to bring home a pair of runs.

“I am so proud of Jenna,” Ryman said. “She has had some good moments and she has also had some disappointing moments early in the season.

“I think we all felt like it is about to happen. She is about to do this. I am just so pumped for her to see her have a moment like that and to see our team rally around her was really, really cool.”

Megan Gray started for Lipscomb against Eastern Illinois and threw 5 1/3 innings. She gave up two runs in the first but settled down until she was replaced by Katie Turner who finished the game.

Gray scattered five hits, walked two and struck out two. Katie Turner, 7-1, did not give up a hit, walked one and struck out one.

“Megan had a rough start, but then she found a way to give us five really solid innings after that,” Ryman said. “She settled back in wonderfully. We need that kind of composure. That was huge.”

Eastern Illinois used four pitchers with Jade Montgomery, 0-8, taking the loss.

In game one Mandy Jordan, 5-3, threw a complete game with 11 strikeouts. She walked two and allowed four hits.

“We wanted to throw her back-to-back days,” Ryman said. “She did extremely well going seven innings two days in a row. I thought that was big for our team.”

Brianna Pratt, 3-4, took the loss for Miami (Ohio).

Lipscomb won all four games this weekend. Ryman stressed how important it was to have such a good start at home.

“It was good to see us, even in moments when we weren’t our best offensively, to still find a way to win close games,” Ryman said. “We depended on our pitchers and defense this weekend. I’ll take it either way.”



  • Jordan Fortel extended her hitting streak to 15 games against Miami, but the streak ended against Eastern Illinois.
  • Fortel has reached base in her last 17 games. Peyton Ward has been on base in the last 15 games and DeVault has reached base safely in her last 14 games.
  • DeVault had back-to-back home runs, with one against Eastern Illinois Saturday night and one against Miami (Ohio). She leads the team with three home runs.
  • DeVault drove in three runs against Miami (Ohio) with the homer. It was her second three-RBI game of the season.
  • Graysen Gladden connected for two hits against Miami (Ohio), her fifth multi-hit game of the season.
  • Gladden and Abby Davis each stole a base against Miami (Ohio). Davis has seven for the season. Gladden added two stolen bases against Eastern Illinois and leads the team with nine. Ward also stole a base in the Eastern Illinois game for her eighth.



The Lady Bisons travel to Louisville Wednesday for a 2 p.m. single game.