NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dominating the opposition is always a good thing, but it is especially satisfying on the last day of a tournament.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons closed out the Belmont Invitational Sunday afternoon with a 10-2 win over Purdue-Fort Wayne. The victory, decided after five innings due to the run rule, gave Lipscomb a 4-0 sweep in the invitational. It also marked the second win in as many days over Purdue-Fort Wayne, 5-15.
“We wanted to come out and find a way to continue what we had been doing all weekend,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We did a nice job top to bottom again. Every at bat was productive.
“The thing I liked the most was that we had some players who had been specifically working on some things at the plate. I saw people really go for it. That is a big positive we are taking away. The process was really good.”
Lipscomb, 19-7-1, scored in all five innings. Hannah DeVault slammed a three-RBI homer to left center in the fifth. Sarah Higgins blasted a solo shot to left center in the fourth.
Peyton Ward also picked up two RBI on a single to right center in the third.
Chloe Rogers, 1-0, picked up her first collegiate career win. She threw four innings, striking out two, walking one and giving up two hits and one run.
“I am so pumped for her,” Ryman said. “I thought she did a really great job early on.”
Chloe Yeager pitched the fifth inning. She gave up one hit and one run, unearned. She also struck out two, but did not walk a batter.
“It was a good opportunity to put Chloe Yeager in,” Ryman said. “She has been working through some things. I thought she did a good job of keeping her cool even when we made a couple of miscues behind her.”
Lauren McConnell, 3-5, pitched all five innings for Purdue-Fort Wayne. She scattered eight hits, walked eight and struck out two.
- Lipscomb players wore green ribbons on the laces of their shoes and on their belts in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
- Jordan Fortel did not get a hit, ending the team’s longest active streak at seven games. But she did manage to bring in three runs, two on sacrifice flies and one on a fielder’s choice.
- Fortel’s walk in her final at bat extended her streak of games reaching base safely to 25.
- Ward was the game leader with two hits, moving her into a tie with Fortel with eight multi-hit games. She also stole her 12th base of the season, tops on the team.
- Fortel leads the team with six multiple-RBI games.
- DeVault has the longest active hitting streak with five games.
- DeVault has multiple RBI in five games. This was the third time this season she has driven in three runs in a game.
- It was the second win for Lipscomb in five innings this season. They also have won two in six innings.
The No.11-ranked Texas Longhorns visit Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a 5 p.m. game.
Wednesday the Lady Bisons are on the road at Virginia Tech.
They open the ASUN portion of the schedule on the road Saturday and Sunday at Liberty University.