BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons have developed a reputation for not backing down.
“This is what our team is known for,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “You have to work hard as a team to earn the right to have people say that about you.”
Trailing 9-3 in the seventh inning with two outs, the Lady Bisons pushed four runs across the plate, but it wasn’t enough for the win against No. 24-ranked Virginia Tech at the Tech Softball Park Wednesday.
“This is what our team is known for,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “You have to work hard as a team to earn the right to have people say that about you.
“Teams know they can let up against us. There were two outs and the Virginia Tech players kept on saying `all we need is one more out’ but came roaring back and scored the four runs.”
Hannah DeVault sparked the rally with a double to left center that cleared the bases. The Lady Bisons would then add one final run.
“I loved the fight and the resiliency of our hitters,” Ryman said. “We did a lot of good things at the plate. We had a lot to be proud of offensively against a very good pitcher.”
The Hokies showed their respect for Lipscomb by sending their top pitcher, Carrie Eberle, out to start the game. Eberle scattered nine hits. She struck out six and walked two. Only three of the runs were earned.
Lipscomb used three pitchers. Virginia Tech struck for seven extra base hits – four home runs and three doubles and 11 hits overall.
“Virginia Tech hits the ball extremely well,” Ryman said. “They have tons of power.”
Megan Gray, 3-2, took the loss. In 1.1 innings she gave up three runs and three hits and walked one.
Katie Turner took over and pitched two innings. She allowed six runs on four hits. She walked two and struck out one.
“As tough as it was for Megan and Katie it was a good learning experience for them,” Ryman said. “They are both still young as far as their experience in big games.”
Chloe Yeager threw the final 2.2 innings and did not allow a run. She gave up four hits, struck out one and did not walk a batter.
“Chloe was the silver lining,” Ryman said. “In her last two outings we feel like we are starting to see the Chloe we saw last year who was so effective in frustrating batters. This was what we needed from her going into conference games.”
- Jordan Fortel walked twice. She has now reached base safely in 27 straight games.
- The four home runs were the most given up by Lipscomb this season. Florida State hit three on Feb. 22.
- Four Lipscomb batters finished with two hits – Khayla Green, Jenna Pealor, Amy Vetula and Destinee Brewer.
- The two hits were the first in her college career for Vetula.
- Pealor also had an RBI- double for Lipscomb.
- This is the fourth time this season DeVault has driven in three runs in a game. She is tied with Fortel for the team lead with six multiple-RBI games.
- DeVault has a team-high 11 doubles.
- Peyton Ward stole a base and has a team-high 14. Green also stole a base and has nine for the season.
- Lipscomb has a 4-2 lead in the overall series with Virginia Tech.
The Lady Bisons continue their trip when they head to Lynchburg, Virginia for the first ASUN series of the season at Liberty University. Game times Saturday are 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday’s series finale starts at noon.