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Loss: ANDREWS (18-15) 5.097625
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Loss: ANDREWS (18-15) 4.053313
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GLADDEN (LIP) 321010
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Lady Bisons sweep Kennesaw St. in ASUN doubleheader
Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons sweep Kennesaw St. in ASUN doubleheader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The history of the series with Kennesaw State in softball isn’t necessarily one filled with strong memories for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.

So the sweep of the Owls in an ASUN doubleheader Saturday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium was especially sweet for Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman and her players.

Lipscomb, 34-13-1, 12-4 in the conference won game one 7-2 and closed the night with a 6-4 victory. Kennesaw State drops to 26-26, 11-10 in the ASUN.

“More recently I think they have had our number,” Ryman said. “We are just in position where we are playing well right now.

“We are getting contributions from a lot of different people. When someone doesn’t have a good night there is someone there to pick them up. It is all balancing out.”

There were recurring key players in both games.

Sarah Higgins slammed a double and a two-RBI triple in game one and then came back in her first at bat in game two for a two-run homer. Higgins drove in two runs in each game.

Jenna Pealor, who also added a two-run home run to right center in game two, finished with three RBI for the two games.

Higgins, Pealor, Hannah DeVault and Jordan Fortel bat in the three through six positions, but not always in the same order. They combined for four hits, five RBI and four runs in game two and five hits, four runs and five RBI in game one.

“The middle of our order is tough to pitch to,” Ryman said. “And then you add Katie Turner to the mix when she is in a game.

“That is a tough, tough group back-to-back-to-back. Sarah had a big night but the middle of the order just hacks. And that worries pitchers.”

Mandy Jordan, 14-7, picked up the complete game win in game one allowing four hits, two runs and three walks. She struck out four.

In game two Jordan threw the final two innings, giving up one hit on the way to her third save of the season.

“Mandy is finding a way to make pitches when she needs them and to make outs when she needs them,” Ryman said. “We made a couple of mistakes on defense but we also made some really great plays.

 “When you are talking about pitching your defense matters. Mandy slammed the door in game two with the help of the defense.”

One catch at the center field wall by Destinee Brewer prevented a home run in game two.

“Destinee saved the game for us with the catch at the wall,” Ryman said.

Katie Turner, 11-2, was credited with the win in game two. She was in the circle for 2.2 innings and gave up three hits, three walks and one run. She struck out one.

Chloe Yeager started for Lipscomb. She scattered five hits and allowed three runs, two earned in 2.1 innings.

Hailey Andrews, 18-16, started game one and finished the final four innings of game two. She was the losing pitcher in both games.

“We were putting it together at the right time,” Ryman said. ‘That was a big sweep for us. This says a lot about our veteran mentality.

“We can’t take anything for granted Sunday. Sweeping is hard. It is going to be a challenge for us to keep our foot on the gas on the second day.”

Quick Hits

  • Pealor has six home runs. Higgins has five.
  • The triple by Higgins was her first of the season.
  • Pealor’s two RBI in game two moved into a tie for second place on the team with eight multiple-RBI games. Higgins also moved into the tie with her back-to-back two-RBI games to move tie with Pealor with eight.
  • Brewer extended her hitting streak to five games.
  • Jordan has struck out 133 batters in 133.1 innings.
  • DeVault has reached base in 17 straight games, the longest current streak on the team and the second longest in the category.
  • DeVault leads the team with 48 RBI followed by Jordan Fortel with 33 and Pealor with 28.
  • Graysen Gladden’s two hits in game one gave her 11 for the season, tying her with Peyton Ward for second.

Next

The Lady Bisons play their final home game of the season Sunday afternoon at 1 to close out the series with Kennesaw State.