NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Each weekend Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman urges her players simply to finish a series.
Sunday afternoon at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium the Lady Bisons did more than merely finish their ASUN series with North Alabama. They added a big exclamation point in a 13-2 win in five innings due to the run-rule, including nine runs scored on three home runs.
Lipscomb won the series 2-1. The Lady Bisons are 29-13-1, 8-4 in the ASUN. North Alabama is 18-16, 4-8 in the conference.
“What a way to cap a series,” Ryman said. “We talk about on Sundays we finish. We don’t just play. We don’t just come out and try. We finish.”
In the second inning Ryman made an unusual move, opting to use Katie Turner as a pinch-hitter for Amy Vetula with bases loaded. Turner responded with a grand slam blast over the left field fence. It was her first collegiate home run.
“We don’t usually put in a pinch-hitter so early in a game, but it seemed like the right opportunity,” Ryman said. “We wanted to take advantage of having a power hitter at the plate.
“We see her hit balls over the deck in practice all of the time. It was a huge, huge moment for her. I am proud of not just the home run, but her coming into the game and being ready. She just crushed the ball to break the game open.”
Later in the second, with two outs, Jenna Pealor slammed a three-RBI homer over the right field fence as part of a nine-run inning.
In the fourth Sarah Higgins added a two-RBI shot that cleared the center field fence.
Chloe Yeager, 4-2, picked up the win for Lipscomb. She gave up six hits and two runs in two innings. She did not walk or strike out a batter.
Mandy Jordan closed out the game. She threw three scoreless innings and did not give up a hit. She walked two and struck out three.
North Alabama used three pitchers. Michelle Moore, 2-3, started. She allowed two hits and four runs. She walked two and struck out one.
Sidney Revels threw one inning and gave up five runs on three hits while walking two.
Laken Distefano closed out for North Alabama. In two innings she allowed two hits and four runs. She walked two and struck out one.
The Lady Bisons have won the Sunday game in each ASUN series so far this season.
“We talk about winning every series and this was a big one,” Ryman said. “We don’t want our reputation to be that we fizzled in a series or at the end of a game or at the end of the season.
“We have finished well on Sundays. I am proud of our effort. We were clicking on all cylinders.”
- This was the sixth time this season Lipscomb has run-ruled an opponent.
- The 13 runs batted in are a game high for the season. They tied for the game high in home runs, having hit three against Buffalo.
- DeVault has 41 RBI, tops on the team. She added two with a single.
- DeVault has reached base safely in her last 13 games and has a hit in her last nine games, both team highs.
- Higgins has reached base safely in 10 straight games.
- Higgins and Pealor each have nine multiple-hit games.
- DeVault has 11 multiple-RBI games.
- The Lady Bisons honored the fathers of players, coaches and staff members before the game.
The Lady Bisons do not have a mid-week game for the second week in a row. They will be back in action Friday at 4 and 6 for an ASUN doubleheader with Stetson at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The third game is on tap for Saturday at noon.