NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was a perfect ending for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
Amy Vetula led off the bottom of the seventh with a bunt. Destinee Brewer and Peyton Ward each connected for bloop singles to left and right respectively. Graysen Gladden then drove a grounder through the middle to break the 0-0 tie.
The Lady Bisons pounded 10 hits in the game, all but one a single. Hannah DeVault slammed a double.
“I told them if you single the other team to death eventually you are going to find a way to win,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I thought we created more opportunities for ourselves as the game went on and they kept working out of it.
“We weren’t getting enough hits strung together to be able to score until that last inning. Our hits were a little bit scattered most of the game. A couple of times when we had runners in scoring position it just didn’t happen.”
The 1-0 win over Austin Peay State University Tuesday was the last mid-week game of the season for the Lady Bisons at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.
It was the fourth win in a row for Lipscomb, 32-13-1 on the season. Austin Peay, from the Ohio Valley Conference, slips to 23-18.
Starter Megan Gray, 5-2, earned the complete-game win. She allowed two hits, both doubles, walked one and struck out two.
“I thought Megan did a tremendous job the entire game,” Ryman said. “She did a great job of just winning each batter, finding a way and getting big pitches when she needed them.
“She had not thrown for a while. We needed to get a feel for where she is as we go down the stretch.”
Morgan Rackel started for Austin Peay. She gave up three hits in three innings and struck out two. Kelly Mardones, 3-12, was credited with the loss. She scattered seven hits, walked one and struck out one.
“Austin Peay is a very good team,” Ryman said. “They are a very good hitting team.
“Megan settled in nicely. It was huge to get that performance out of her. Our pitching staff is going to be stronger down the stretch.”
- Jordan Fortel led the Lady Bisons with three hits.
- Ward and Gladden each had two hits.
- The double was DeVault’s 19th of the season.
- Ward stole her 25th base of the season.
- Fortel leads the team with 12 multi-hit games. She has connected for three hits four times.
- Ward is second in multi-hit games with 11. Gladden has 10.
- DeVault has reached safely in her last 15 games. Ward and Khayla Green each have 11=game streaks.
- The Lady Bisons have recorded eight shutouts this season.
The Lady Bisons play their last games at home this weekend when Kennesaw State visits Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a three-game ASUN series.
Saturday night’s doubleheader starts at 4. Sunday’s series finale will have the first pitch at 1 p.m.