CHATTANOOGA. Tenn. – Sometimes games are so competitive no one should lose.
This was one of those games. And it was even more painful the Lipscomb Lady Bisons were on the losing end.
Sunday morning in a game that lasted 15 innings and four hours and two minutes, the Lipscomb Lady Bisons and the Ohio Bobcats battled.
A two-out home run to right center by Katie Yun spelled the difference as Ohio won 3-2 as the two teams closed out the Chattanooga Challenge.
“This was one of those classic early season games where we were really challenged with having to rebound quickly,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “They scored and we came right back and took the lead and they come back and tie it.
“Mentally, as well as physically, we were really challenged. I saw moments where we need to grow on the mental side and physically as well. There were moments where I thought we were trying too hard, trying to get the big hit instead of just having a quality at bat.”
Lipscomb is 5-3 overall. Ohio is 2-8.
Ohio struck first with a run in the sixth. Lipscomb answered on a two-RBI single by Olivia Ward in the bottom of the inning. A run by Ohio in the top of the seventh tied the game.
Holly Brehm, 1-1, went the distance for the Bobcats scattering 17 hits, walking three and striking out three.
Megan Gray started for Lipscomb and pitched seven innings. She gave up five hits and two runs, one earned. She walked one and struck out five.
Emily Yakubowski, 0-3, came on in relief and pitched the final eight innings. She struck out nine and allowed seven hits. She did not walk a batter.
“I know Emily was frustrated in giving up the home run,” Ryman said. “She held them scoreless for a full seven in relief.
“She threw really well. She gave up one run in eight innings. She did what she needed to do to give our offense a shot.”
Ryman always hates to lose, but she particularly was not happy in losing in such a way in the final game of the weekend.
“Every girl on this team fought very hard,” Ryman said. “It was not for a lack of effort. We had a lot of resolve.
“We were getting runners on. But we were having a lot of trouble trying to find that key hit when we needed it. In reality we basically played over two full games. We hate being on the losing end of this. It has been a learning moment.”
AROUND THE BASES:
- It is the longest game in the programs NCAA Division I history. On April 19, 2014 the Lady Bisons lost 4-3 to Stetson in extra innings on the road.
- Three Lipscomb players -Caitlin Turner, Peyton Ward and Presley Leebrick - each had individual season highs with three hits.
- It was Leebrick’s first multi-hit game of her college career.
- Amy Vetula finished with two hits, her team-high third multi-hit game of the season.
- Peyton Ward, Caitlin Turner and Vetula each have three-game hitting streaks.
- Peyton Ward has reached base in five straight games, the team high.
- Olivia Ward recorded two RBI for the first time this season.
The tournament schedule continues for the Lady Bisons with a trip to Austin for the Texas Invitational Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Lady Bisons will open with Duke at 9 a.m. Friday followed by Texas at 2 p.m.
Saturday they will face Weber State at 11:30 a.m. and will meet Texas again at 5 p.m.
Sunday the Lady Bisons will close out the weekend against North Dakota State at 10 a.m.