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Win: BLOURNE (8-3) 3.241100
Loss: JORDAN (8-7) 4.287711
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GRIFFIN (UNF) 312000
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Win: YEAGER (1-1) 7.041123
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PEALOR (LIP) 312301
Lady Bisons earn ASUN doubleheader split with UNF
Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons earn ASUN doubleheader split with UNF

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was a day of frustration for Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman, but at least it wasn’t total frustration.

First, she watched her Lady Bisons lose a 5-2 lead in game one on five home runs by North Florida for an 8-6 finish. In game two she watched her team fail to score until the sixth inning.

“It was a frustrating game two even though we won,” Ryman said. “Our pitching and defense were tremendous and kept us in the game.

“We saw what North Florida did in the first game. We left bases loaded twice and two runners on once. I kept on saying if we can get the bat to the ball on time, we could get the ball up in the wind too.”

But she was relieved to see Jenna Pealor slam a three-run homer over the right field fence with two outs in the sixth inning to seal a 3-1 victory.

“What a moment for Jenna,” Ryman said. “It was huge for our team. The timeliness of that hit was the spark we needed.

“I thought it took the wind out of their sails a little bit. It is neat to see a player come through in a clutch situation.”

The Lady Bisons finished both games Saturday afternoon at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium with eight hits.

“We had eight hits plus three walks and three batters hit by pitches in the first game,” Ryman said. “In the second game we had eight hits and one walk. We had so many opportunities in game two and in a one-run game opportunities are just gold.”

Lipscomb is 22-12-1, 2-3 after splitting the ASUN doubleheader with the Ospreys. North Florida is 20-11, 3-2 in the conference.

Chloe Yeager, 1-1, earned her first ASUN win of the season in game two. She gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three.

“Chloe has been getting stronger,” Ryman said. “She had a rough start to the season. Things weren’t clicking for her.

“She has stayed patient. She is back to being Chloe and doing what she does.”

Mandy Jordan, 8-7, took the loss in game one allowing eight hits and seven runs, all earned in 4.2 innings. She struck out one and walked one.

Megan Gray closed out the game with one run, one hit, one walk and one strike out in 2.1 innings.

“I thought Megan did a good job in game one,” Ryman said. “We need Megan and Chloe as we continue in conference play to play crucial roles in relief and as starters.”

 

QUICK HITS

  • Three Lipscomb batters – Amy Vetula, Peyton Ward and Khayla Green - were hit by a pitch all in the fourth inning in game one.
  • Jordan Fortel extended her program record streak for reaching base safely to 33 games, with a two-RBI single in game one and a pair of singles in game two.
  • Fortel leads the team with 11 multiple-hit games.
  • Graysen Gladden’s three hits in game one was the most she has recorded in a game this season.
  • Fortel has a six-game hitting streak. Gladden has hits in her last four games.
  • Fortel leads the team with eight multiple-RBI games.
  • This was the second time this season Pealor has driven in three runs in a game.

 

NEXT

The Lady Bisons close out the series with North Florida Sunday at noon.

Tuesday Lipscomb hits the road for a 4 p.m. game at Louisville.