LYNCHBURG, Va. – For the Lipscomb Lady Bisons this victory was the result of a meeting of the minds as much or more than it was a meeting of bats against balls.
Sunday afternoon the Lady Bisons rebounded for a 7-2 win over Liberty at Hamhuis Field to prevent a sweep in the ASUN series.
Lipscomb is 20-11-1, 1-2 in the conference. Liberty is 19-13, 3-3 in the ASUN.
“We addressed some things right after the second game Saturday,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Later on, some players came to us individually and we decided to meet again as a team at the hotel. We talked through some things.”
Some players were feeling the pressure of the start of the ASUN portion of the season. She and her staff stressed the need to just do what the team has been doing all season.
“We have to be okay with being challenged,” Ryman said. “We were challenged by Texas, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Arkansas. We didn’t like the outcome, but our process was good.
“I thought we got away from the process Saturday. I had never seen us get flustered and stay flustered like we did.”
Ryman knew her team was feeling the pressure Saturday before her players stepped on the field at game time.
“We are an energy type of team,” Ryman said. “For us it is about showing up, playing loose and having fun. We didn’t do that Saturday.”
In the final game the Lady Bisons jumped out to a 4-0 lead with one run in the second and a three-RBI home run blast to left field by Hannah DeVault in the third.
Liberty answered with two runs in the home part of the third on an error in right field.
Lipscomb came back with two more runs in the fourth off a two-run error by Liberty’s shortstop. The Lady Bisons would add one more in the fifth on a throwing error.
Mandy Jordan, 8-6, allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out nine. Jordan lost 4-1 in the series opener.
“Mandy threw extremely well,” Ryman said. “She turned the page quickly after Saturday’s game. It showed her maturity to have such a short memory.”
Liberty used four pitchers with starter Emily Kirby, 2-1, getting tagged with the loss.
“We did a great job of attacking from the get-go,” Ryman said. “We did what we needed to do.
“We showed a lot of fight…a lot of grit. I am proud of the way we rebounded. It is nice to go home on a high note.”
- Fortel has reached base safely in her last 30 games, tying the record set by Brittany Elmore in 2015.
- Fortel has nine multiple-hit games, tops on the team. This was the third time she has connected for three hits in a game.
- The triple was Fortel’s second of the year, also a team high.
- Amy Vetula collected two hits, her third multi-hit game in a row.
- DeVault moves into the team lead in home runs with six breaking the tie with Fortel.
- This is the fifth time this season DeVault has driven in three runs in a game.
- Peyton Ward stole her 16th base of the season.
- Heading into Sunday’s game Liberty had only allowed six runs on its home field.
- The overall series between Lipscomb and Liberty is tied at 2-2.
The Lady Bisons return home this week to Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.
Tennessee Tech from the Ohio Valley Conference visits Wednesday at 5 p.m.
North Florida will be on campus for a three-game ASUN series Saturday and Sunday. Game times Saturday are 1 and 3. Sunday’s game starts at noon.