|April 19, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: JORDAN (13-7)||7.0||3||0||0||2||7|
|Loss: PERKINS (12-12)||2.1||3||5||3||2||3|
|April 20, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: TURNER (10-2)||5.1||4||1||0||2||4|
|Loss: PERKINS (12-13)||6.0||10||7||7||2||3|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Seven was lucky for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team.
In an ASUN doubleheader with Stetson at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium the Lady Bisons won game one 7-3, an extension of a rain-delayed game from Friday.
They continued their “Senior Day” celebration with a 7-5 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap fittingly indicative of the resilience of the senior class.
The Lady Bisons are 31-13-1, 10-4 in the ASUN. Stetson falls to 15-26, 4-10 in the conference.
Due to weather issues and Easter Sunday, the third game was canceled.
“I felt like the bats really came alive today,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “That was fun to see. We hit well from top-to-bottom.
“We know what this group is capable of, but when you see them all start clicking and stringing hits together it is really special.”
In game two Lipscomb gave up four runs in the first but bounced back with a run in the bottom of the inning. Stetson would answer with one more in the second but went scoreless the rest of the way.
Lipscomb scored three runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth.
“What an ugly start for us,” Ryman said. “We could have just thrown our hands up or started pressing.
“It was fun as a coach to see them stay loose and be confident that they could come back. I am really proud of this group.”
Chloe Yeager pitched two-thirds of an inning allowing four runs on three hits and two walks. Katie Turner, 10-2, pitched 5.1 innings and gave up four hits and one run to take the win. Mandy Jordan earned the save with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Tori Perkins, 12-13, pitched six innings. She scattered 10 hits, walked two and struck out three.
“Katie Turner did a tremendous job in relief,” Ryman said. “In her last inning she went 1-2-3 which was huge.
“It got us off the field quickly and kept our offensive momentum rolling. She got better as the game went on.”
Hannah DeVault was the difference. She slammed two doubles and one home run to drive in five runs. In the continuation of Friday’s game DeVault connected for a three-RBI homer on the second pitch of the day.
“That just ignited us,” Ryman said. “What a spark.
“She swung the bat so well this weekend. They started pitching around her and I would have done the same thing. Hannah was that explosive. She had five runs batted in which is unreal.”
Jordan, 13-7, pitched six innings and gave way to Chloe Rogers to start the seventh. After Rogers gave up three runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batter, Jordan returned to the circle to close out the game.
Jordan allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Perkins was tagged with the loss in game one as well. In 2.1 innings she gave up three hits and five runs while walking two and striking out three.
Curstin Taylor threw 3.2 innings in relief and scattered four hits while giving up two runs. She walked four, struck out three and hit one batter.
- Jordan’s save in game two was her second for the season.
- DeVault extended her hitting streak to 10 games in game one but ended her string without a hit in game two.
- DeVault extended her team-leading streak of reaching base safely to 14 games. Higgins has reached base in 12 straight games. Ward has reached base in her last 10 games.
- Jenna Pealor has nine multi-hit games. Her three hits in game two are a personal game high.
- Green, with two hits in game two, also has nine multi-hit games.
- In game one DeVault tied the team game-high this season for RBI with five. Jordan Fortel drove in five runs against Buffalo March 8. DeVault has 11 multiple-RBI games, a team high.
- DeVault’s two doubles in game one marked the seventh time a Lady Bison has reached that total as a game high.
- Destinee Brewer added two hits and an RBI in game two.
- Peyton Ward, Green and Katie Turner each connected for doubles in game two. Ward drove in two runs.
- Lipscomb has won its last eight meetings with Stetson.
- Friday’s game was delayed until Saturday due to rain. Most of the cold, gray day there was a mist falling. Ryman named the field crew of Colby Ralls, Alex Ross and Lint Smith as the MVPs.
Austin Peay visits Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a 5 p.m. game.