|March 10, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||R||H||E|
|Win: Packard (6-3)||10.0||4||1||1||2||9|
|Loss: JORDAN (5-4)||10.0||3||2||1||4||13|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It has often been said the saddest thing in life is a missed opportunity.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons missed their share of opportunities Sunday afternoon in a 2-1 loss in 10 innings to Valparaiso in the final day of the Lady Bison Classic at Draper Diamond a Smith Stadium.
“I know our hitters can be better,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I thought defensively and with our pitching we were right there. I just don’t think we took advantage of the few opportunities we had, and they did. That was the difference.
“I didn’t see us pressing too much at the plate which was a good thing to see. I would have liked for us to make some better adjustments by the third or fourth time around.”
Both pitchers went the distance. Each gave up a home run. Carly Trepanier slammed a solo shot over the right center field fence in the first inning for Valparaiso. Khayla Green tied the game in the second with a blast to left field. Both were on 3-2 counts.
Lipscomb’s Mandy Jordan, 5-4, struck out 13 and walked four. She allowed only three hits. Only one of the two runs was earned.
“I thought Mandy did a tremendous job,” Ryman said. “I hate for her to take a loss there. “
Kelsie Packard, 6-3, was the winner. She struck out nine, walked two and gave up five hits.
In the 10th Taylor Herschbach hit a single to right field to score Trepanier with what proved to be the winning run.
“It was a frustrating game,” Ryman said. “I know we can come out on top in a game like that and we have before.
“We fought really hard for it. I think we will be better for it.”
Lipscomb is 14-7-1. Valparaiso is 7-8.
“It definitely had a conference type of feel to it,” Ryman said. “Packard is a good pitcher and they have a good team.
“We saw early on it was going to end up being a pitchers’ duel. That is exactly what it was. We just couldn’t make the adjustments on the offensive side to get the timely hit.”
- Green walked once and has moved into a tie for first on the school’s all-time list for walks with 83.
- Jordan Fortel extended her streak of games reaching base safely to 20.
- Hannah DeVault’s hitting streak, the second longest of the season, ended at nine games. Green, with hits in her last five games, has the longest active hitting streak.
- Jordan’s 13 strikeouts tied Megan Gray for the team season high. Gray struck out 13 against North Dakota on Feb. 16.
- It was the third extra-inning game of the season for Lipscomb. They beat Mercer 6-5 in eight innings and Elon 5-4 in 11 innings.
The Lady Bisons are back home Wednesday at 4 p.m. to face Western Kentucky in a 4 p.m. game.