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Big hits make the difference for Lipscomb in 9-7 win over Western Kentucky
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
By Mark McGee
Big hits make the difference for Lipscomb  in 9-7 win over Western Kentucky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This was one time where simply looking at the scoreboard did not tell the whole story.

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons beat Western Kentucky 9-7 Wednesday afternoon at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. But Lipscomb was outhit 11 to four and made two errors to Western Kentucky’s one.

“If you look at the scoreboard it looks like Western Kentucky outplayed us,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “And in some ways, I feel like they did which is weird to say.

“But when you include our nine walks, we were on base 13 times. When you include Western Kentucky’s walks, they were on base 12 times. They hit the ball better than we did but we got more big hits.”

Three of those four Lipscomb hits were for extra bases.

Jordan Fortel started it off with a two-run home run shot to right field in the first inning. Jenna Pealor slammed a triple to right center in the third inning to score three more runs.

Hannah DeVault had the big hit of the day. With three Lipscomb runners on base via walks DeVault blasted a grand slam over the left field fence for what proved to be the deciding runs.

“Kudos to all three of them,” Ryman said. “I’m sure it has happened, but I don’t remember when we scored so many runs on so few hits.”

Katie Turner started in the circle for Lipscomb. She pitched three innings and gave up five hits and four runs, all earned. She struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Mandy Jordan, 6-4, threw the final four innings to earn the win. She allowed six hits and three runs, two earned. She struck out four and walked one.

Kennedy Sullivan, 10-2, took the loss. She threw the final 2.2 innings.

“They used three pitchers to try to hold us back,” Ryman said. “We knew we would be tested. Western Kentucky is a very good team with good hitters and good pitchers.”

Lipscomb is 15-7-1. Western Kentucky drops to 15-5.

QUICK HITS

  • Khayla Green walked four times. She has 87 for her career, besting the old record of 83.
  • DeVault leads the Lady Bisons in home runs with four.
  • Fortel extended her streak of reaching base in a game to 21.
  • Fortel and Pealor are tied for the team lead in multiple RBI games with four each.
  • Pealor’s triple was her first for Lipscomb.
  • Western Kentucky added two home runs and four doubles in a game where big hits were the rule.
  • The all-time series between Lipscomb and Western Kentucky is tied at 15-15.

NEXT

The Lady Bisons make the short trip to E.S. Rose Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Belmont Invitational.

Lipscomb plays back-to-back games Friday night with Illinois-Chicago at 4:30 and 7.

The Flames, from the Horizon League, are 5-11. They have six hitters batting over .300 with Lexi Watts leading the way at .469.

Allie Trudeau is the top pitcher at 3-5 with a 6.18 earned run average.

The Lady Bisons will play Purdue-Fort Wayne Saturday at 12:15 p.m. The two teams meet again Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

Lipscomb returns home Monday to face No. 11 Texas in a week that will also include a road trip to Virginia Tech and three ASUN road games at Liberty, the preseason favorite to win the conference.

“We have our work cut out for us,” Ryman said. “We are going to figure out what kind of team we have.

“We have learned how to fight through adversity. We know it is okay to be challenged.”