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|Loss: A BILODEAU (7-11)||7.0||5||3||2||4||3|
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|Win: TURNER (9-2)||8.0||5||3||3||2||8|
|Loss: S MORA (4-9)||8.0||7||4||2||3||3|
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|A GENEST (JU)||4||1||1||0||0||0|
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It is never too late for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team.
Saturday afternoon in an ASUN doubleheader sweep of Jacksonville at the Pruitt Softball Complex the Lady Bisons scored two runs in the seventh for a 3-1 win. In the nightcap they scored one run in the eighth for a 4-3 victory.
“We turned in two really gritty performances,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We had to fight for every hit, every run and every out in the field.
“We are going to have games like this, especially in the conference. And we have to be okay with that. When things are not going our way we have to stay out in front of everything and find a way to win.”
It was the fifth win in a row for the Lady Bisons who are 26-12-1, 5-3 in the ASUN. Jacksonville, 13-25, 1-7 in the conference, has lost nine in a row.
In game two the Lady Bisons fell behind 3-0 in the second inning.
In the third Amy Vetula scored on a Jacksonville fielding error. In the fourth Vetula singled to score Khayla Green to tie the game after Hannah DeVault had slammed a solo homer to left center.
Sarah Higgins singled to right field in the eighth to bring home DeVault, who reached base on a throwing error, with what proved to be the deciding run.
In game two Katie Turner, 9-2, threw a complete game allowing five hits, all singles, while walking two and striking out eight.
“To me, this was such a defining moment for Katie,” Ryman said. “There were a couple of times during the game where we were one batter from replacing her, but she would get the key out.
“It was cool to see her work through it and not give in. She is such a fighter. She was really locked in late in the game.”
For Jacksonville Seana Mora, 4-9, took the loss. She gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Only two of the runs she allowed were earned.
Mandy Jordan, 10-7, was the winner in game one. She scattered four hits, walked one and struck out 10.
“Mandy did extremely well,” Ryman said. “She just kept on pounding it out. There isn’t much more you can say about her.
“We know our pitching can keep us in a game when we aren’t hitting. Mandy did a good job of that.”
Alyssa Bilodeau, 7-11, was the loser. She allowed five hits and three runs, two earned. She walked four and struck out three.
In the fifth inning Peyton Ward singled to center field to bring in Destinee Brewer.
Abby Davis, pinch-running in the seventh inning, scored on a passed ball for a 2-1 lead.
Ward would strike in the seventh with another RBI-single, this one to left field, to once again score Brewer with an insurance run.
“Peyton had a couple of timely, clutch singles,” Ryman said. “We got great production from top to bottom of the lineup.”
- The Lady Bisons are 3-0 in eight-inning games and 4-1 overall in extra-inning games.
- Jordan Fortel ended her program-high streak for reaching base safely at 35 games.
- Ward connected for two hits in game one, giving her 10 multi-hit games for the season. Khayla Green, with two hits in game two, has eight.
- Green walked once in game one, the 100th of her career.
- Vetula, with one hit in each game, has a six-game hitting streak, the longest active streak on the team.
DeVault has a five-game hitting streak.
- DeVault leads the team in home runs with seven.
Lipscomb will be seeking its first ASUN series sweep of the season Sunday at noon CDT against the Dolphins.
There is no midweek game on the schedule. The Lady Bisons are back home at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Saturday and Sunday for a three-game series with ASUN newcomer North Alabama.
Game times Saturday are at 1 and 3. Sunday’s game begins at 1.