NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb rallied for two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to salvage a 4-3 win over Belmont in softball’s version of the “Battle of the Boulevard.
In the seventh Baddley opened with a single to center field, but the next two batters were out as Destinee Brewer struck out and Elmore grounded out to the pitcher.
Khayla Green pinch ran for Baddley. She went to second on the ground out. Kasey Gibson singled to second to move Green to third. Green scored on a wild pitch. Gibson advanced to third. She scored on a single to center by Sarah Higgins.
“We escaped, that is what we did,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Honestly, I felt like we got out played. Sure, we won. A win is a win even when it is ugly. In that last inning Belmont had a couple of miscues and if they hadn’t made them I don’t think we would have won.
“There were some tough lessons learned through this game. We have been talking a lot lately about who we want to be as a team. I don’t think we came out and did that. We have to start being about that with every pitch in every game. We can’t take pitches off and in this game we took several innings off before we kicked it into gear.
Wednesday’s game at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium got off to a quick start as Belmont’s Lexi Rouse hit a three-run homer over the left field fence. Lipscomb starter Kelly Young started off the game by hitting Kayla Wells, the first batter she faced. She walked the next batter, Baylee Cook. After striking out a batter for the first out of the game Rouse struck for the homer.
It would be the last runs Young would allow. She finished the game with six scoreless innings scattering four hits. She struck out 10 and walked two.
“Kelly did a great job after the home run, but you don’t want to start a game like that,” Ryman said. “I think it affected everyone tone-wise. We can’t let it affect us. We have to be better than that.”
The Lady Bisons struggled at the plate against Belmont starter Lexi Rouse. Lipscomb did put two runs on the board in the second.
Baylee Williams opened with a double off the center field wall. Williams moved to third on a passed ball. Dee Baddley reached base on a fielder’s choice which allowed Williams to score.
Young walked and moved to third. She scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Brittany Elmore.
Lexi Rouse started for Belmont and pitched five innings. She held Lipscomb to two hits and two runs. She struck out four and walked three.
Ashley Johnson closed out the game for Belmont. She gave up three hits and two runs. She took the loss dropping her record to 2-3. She struck out two and walked two.
Higgins continues to be a player with a knack for timely hits.
“Sarah had a rough game, but at the end she hung in there and found a good pitch to hit and hacked away,” Ryman said. “In the last at bat it was almost like the put the thinking switch off and just focused on seeing the ball again. She got the big hit when we needed it.
- Young recorded 10 or more strikeouts for the five times this season. This was her fourth game with 10 strikeouts. Her high is 11 against Troy March 5.
- Gibson was the game-leader with two hits. She has multiple hits in six games this season.
- Green had not been on the field since March 12 at Houston.
Next up: Lipscomb returns to Atlantic Sun action Friday with a doubleheader against Jacksonville starting at 4 p.m. They close out the series Saturday at 1 p.m.