Lipscomb offense has break out game against Buffalo
Friday, March 8, 2019
By Mark McGee
Lipscomb offense has break out game against Buffalo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  A drizzling rain. A cold chill in the air. Fog developing near the end. A little more than an hour delay in the starting time.

Not exactly conditions conducive to a powerhouse offensive performance. But the Lipscomb Lady Bisons didn’t let anything get in their way pounding out a season-high 14 hits and scoring a season-high 15 runs in a 15-5 win over Buffalo Friday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.

The game was called after five innings due to the run-rule. It was the second win for Lipscomb over Buffalo in the Lady Bison Classic. Thursday Lipscomb took a 3-2 decision.

“We challenged them after the game Thursday night,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We had not really played our best softball at home yet. We all knew we could be better. We all knew we could have broken that game open Thursday at any point and we never quite did.

“There are different challenges when we are playing here on a school day. They go to class all day and then get ready and come out here and play. On the road we are always together. It is a different dynamic.”

After giving up a first inning home run to Buffalo the Lady Bisons came out strong offensively scoring two in the first, three in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth.

“I have zero complaints as a coach when we find a way to hit like that,” Ryman said. “It was fun to see us hit like that from top to bottom.

“I thought, on the whole, we did a great job of hitting from gap-to-gap. We did have some hard-hit balls down the lines. But when we are hitting balls up the middle that says a lot about our swings. We had a lot of hard driven line drives.

Jordan Fortel led the offensive attack with two home runs and a double for five runs batted in in three trips to the plate.

“It doesn’t shock me that Jordan can have a game like this,” Ryman said. “She has had a lot of good games this year but had not connected for a home run until she got two in this game.”

Peyton Ward led off the bottom of the first for the Lady Bisons with a double to center field. She tied with Fortel for the game lead with three hits. Hannah DeVault and Khayla Green also had multiple-hit performances with two apiece.

Jenna Pealor added a home run for Lipscomb. DeVault hit her ninth double.

“Jordan had a big night,” Ryman said. “But on the whole we had a lot of players hit the ball really well.

“For Peyton to come out and get that double off the wall right away sent a message to everyone that we are good, and we are going to hit the ball. The lead-off hitter sets the tone and she has been doing that really well.”

Lipscomb is 14-6-1. Buffalo drops to 1-15.

“It was great to come out on a school day and really make a statement about what we know we can do and take it to somebody like we did,” Ryman said. “I am really proud of them coming out and accepting that challenge on a day when we had to deal with a lot of elements.”

Lipscomb’s Megan Gray, 2-1, scattered four hits and five runs, all earned. She walked six and struck out seven.

Buffalo’s Lace Smith, 0-6, walked six and struck out 1.

 

QUICK HITS

  • Fortel’s two home runs and five RBI were both individual highs for the Lady Bisons this season.
  • Fortel is first on the team in RBI with 18.
  • DeVault leads the team in doubles with nine. Fortel has seven.
  • Ward stole her ninth base of the season. Green had two steals to give her eight. Abby Davis also got her eighth. Fortel earned her first stolen base.
  • Fortel has reached base safely in 19 straight games followed by Ward with 17 and DeVault with 16.
  • Ward and Green lead the team with six multiple-hit games.
  • DeVault has a nine-game hitting streak, the longest active streak and the second longest of the season.

 

NEXT

Weather permitting the Lady Bisons will face Valparaiso Saturday at 2:30. Times of Saturday’s games are subject to change.