NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is easy for a pitching performance, even an outstanding one, to get lost when your teammates put on a dominating display of hitting.
But it would be hard to ignore the one-hit shutout thrown by Lipscomb’s Chloe Yeager. Not even the 13 runs and 12 hits from her teammates could overshadow her performance against North Florida in the 13-0 ASUN win at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Lipscomb took the series 2-1. Yeager, 2-1, was in the circle for both wins. The Lady Bisons are 23-12-1, 3-3 in the ASUN. North Florida slips to 20-12, 3-3 in the conference.
“Chloe was a major, major difference in those two games,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “She is comfortable trusting her pitches. She was fantastic all weekend.
“It is easy sometimes in a game with an offensive explosion to forget how effective and how good Chloe was. North Florida has been hitting the ball all year and Chloe just baffled them.”
Yeager struck out three and walked only one batter in five innings in a game called due to the run-rule lead. The only thing better for Ryman than Yeager’s two wins was the timing of her pitching renewal.
“Chloe has been building towards this,” Ryman said. “She had a rough start to the season, but she is in such a good place right now.
“She is working to be better every day. How timely is that for us right now for her to be hitting her stride as we are getting into conference play.”
The Lady Bisons wasted no time putting runs on the board. They scored three runs in both the first and second innings and seven in the third.
Hannah DeVault’s doubles in the first and second innings brought home three runs. She also added an RBI-single in the third inning for a three-for-four afternoon and four RBI in the No. 4 spot in the order.
Jenna Pealor, batting fifth, added an RBI on a single in the second.
Sarah Higgins drove in one on a first inning double and one run on a single in the single in the second from the sixth position.
Peyton Ward, batting leadoff, finished with two hits, including a double, and scored once. Graysen Gladden, hitting second, finished with three hits and scored three times.
North Florida used four pitchers. Each of the four gave up at least one run. Starter Morgan Blourne, 8-4, was credited with the loss.
“I didn’t expect this, but I knew we were capable of it,” Ryman said. “Winning Saturday late in the game really boosted our spirits.
“We created some havoc on the bases. We took advantage of their errors late in the game. We just kept hitting. This is the way we want to be against a good team. I am really proud of our offense.”
- The Lady Bisons tied their season high for stolen bases in a game with six. They stole six Feb. 17 against Mercer.
- Gladden set a new team game high for stolen bases with three. She has 14 for the season. Ward added one steal and has 18, the team high.
- Gladden has a five-game hitting streak, the longest active streak on the team.
- DeVault has eight multiple-RBI games, tying her with Jordan Fortel for first.
- Fortel ended a six-game hitting streak but managed to get on base three times on two errors and a walk to extend her streak of games reaching base safely to 34.
- DeVault drove in four runs for the second time this season. She has 13 doubles and 34 runs batted in, both team highs.
- Ward has seven doubles.
The Lady Bisons hit the road this week starting with a Tuesday game at Louisville. Game time is 4 p.m.
They continue on the road Saturday and Sunday for an ASUN series at Jacksonville. Saturday’s games are at noon and 2 p.m. CDT. Sunday’s game starts at noon.