NASHVILLE – A two-run rally in the sixth inning gave the Lipscomb softball team a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Louisville Wednesday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.
The Lady Bisons (20-9) got a complete-game effort from hurler Chloe Yeager in the first start of her career. The sophomore allowed just one run on seven hits and one walk. She struck out three Cardinals while tossing 96 pitches.
"I thought the difference in this game was Chloe Yeager,” Lipscomb skipper Kristin Ryman said. “She is a change-of-pace pitcher and is more effective in relief, but we thought we could throw a curve ball at them (Louisville) and give her the start.
“She is a fighter and she’s going to come right at you while giving everything she has. She was fantastic today. Outside of the one run on a bloop single, Louisville really didn’t do much else against her. What a great performance.”
Louisville (22-10) struck first as Jamie Soles singled to right field to drive in Nicole Pufahl, who reached on a leadoff double, for a 1-0 advantage.
After stranding a pair of runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Bisons were finally able to cash-in an inning later when Sarah Higgins launched a solo home run to left center to level the score at 1-1.
“The home run was a huge spark for us,” Ryman said. “In a game where we had some runners and opportunities to score that we let slip away, Sarah came up and got a pitch she could really drive.”
Lipscomb then scored the game-winning runs in the bottom of the sixth to send the Cardinals back to Kentucky with their second-straight loss to the Lady Bisons.
Destinee Brewer led off the frame with her third knock of the night with an infield single to third base. After moving to second on a ground ball out, Brewer advanced to third on a single from Caitlin Turner – who moved into scoring position on a throw to third.
Abby Fenichel then reached on a throwing error by the pitcher that also allowed Brewer to score and Turner to get to third. Two batters later, Jordan Fortel tacked on an insurance run with a RBI single to left field that plated Turner.
“Destinee was such a spark for us today,” Ryman said. “We know what she’s capable of, unfortunately she started off the year with an injury, but I was so proud to see the spark she provided.”
Megan Hensley (8-4) took the loss while scattering three hits in 1.1 innings of relief. She allowed two runs and walked one.
AROUND THE HORN
- Lipscomb improved to 3-1 all-time against the Cardinals.
- Higgins’ solo blast in the fifth inning was her third of the season.
- Brewer collected a team high in hits after going 3-for-3 with one run.
- Five different Lady Bisons recorded base hits. Brewer was the only with multiple knocks.
- Turner and Fortel each drew a pair of walks as the team notched six.
- Peyton Ward swiped her team-leading 12th stolen base of the year. Turner (11) and Brewer (2) also recorded a steal.
- Lipscomb stranded a season high 12 runners on base, while Louisville left six on.
Lipscomb gets back to ASUN Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Stetson. The Lady Bisons and Hatters get under way at Noon on Friday with a doubleheader before wrapping up on Saturday at Noon.