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Lady Bisons get out hit but still win two games
Friday, March 15, 2019
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons get out hit but still win two games

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Extra base hits are the currency of victory of late for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.

Friday night in a 2-1 win over Illinois-Chicago a double to center field by Jordan Fortel in the bottom of the sixth inning drove in what proved to be the winning run. It was one of only three hits for the Lady Bisons. Illinois-Chicago finished with six hits.

It was the second game of the night between the two in the Belmont Invitational at E.S. Rose Park. Lipscomb, 17-7-1, won the opener 7-3. Illinois-Chicago slipped to 5-13.

It marked the third time in as many games Lipscomb has been out hit and still managed to win. In the first game against Illinois-Chicago Friday night the Flames held a 7-6 edge at the plate.

“That is little bit odd,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “What I am most proud of is in game one I thought we had the timely hits again. We did a really nice job in the first game of figuring out the strike zone and being aware of the zone.

“In the second game they started the game one pitcher (Allie Trudeau) again. She did a better job against us. We were doing some decent things, but we couldn’t really get much going. We scored our first run without a hit.”

Fortel struck first in the first game with a two-run homer to right filed in the top of the third inning. In the top of the fourth Lipscomb scored four runs, including a two-RBI double to right by Peyton Ward. Hannah DeVault  drove  in the final run of the game with a single to center field.

“That is just what Jordan does,” Ryman said. “Teams don’t want to see her coming to the plate in a tight situation with the game on the line.

“She is very confident. She is seeing the ball well right now. She is not panicking when she gets down in the count. She is a fighter.”

In game two Katie Turner, 8-1, went the distance for Lipscomb with five strikeouts, two walks and six hits allowed.

Mandy Jordan, 7-4, threw a complete game in the opener. She scattered seven hits and gave up three runs, all earned. She struck out nine and walked two.

QUICK HITS

  • Ward stole two bases in game one and another in the second game to give her 51 for her career. She moved into second place on the all-time school stolen base list moving ahead of Lauren Dortwegt. She is only the second Lipscomb player to reach 50 or more stolen bases. Brittany Elmore is the all-time leader.
  • Fortel’s double in her last at bat in game two kept her on base streak alive at 23 games.
  • Sarah Higgins and DeVault each had a single in game two. Higgins is one hit away from reaching 150 for her career.
  • Fortel is tied with DeVault for the home run lead with four each.
  • In the 9-7 win over Western Kentucky Wednesday the Lady Bisons were out hit 11-4.
  • Ward and Fortel are tied for the team lead with seven multi-hit games. Fortel has five multiple-RBI games, first on the team.
  • Fortel has a six-game hitting streak, the longest active streak. Her 15-game streak earlier in the season is the longest on the team.
  • Fortel is tops on the team in hits with 33 and RBI with 23.
  • With the two wins Lipscomb is 3-0 all-time against Illinois-Chicago.

NEXT

The Belmont Invitational continues through Sunday.

The Lady Bisons face Purdue-Fort Wayne at 12:15 Saturday. The two teams will have a rematch Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

Monday the Lady Bisons return home to Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium to face No. 11 Texas.

isons return home to Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium to face No. 11 Texas.