MOBILE, Ala. – Finishing innings and games has been an area of emphasis for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons early in the season.
Friday afternoon Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman saw her team do just that with a 6-5 win over Mercer in eight innings in the first day of the Jaguar Challenge hosted by South Alabama at Jaguar Field. It was the first extra inning game of the season for Lipscomb.
Lipscomb spotted Mercer, a former ASUN foe, four runs with two in the first and two in the third.
The Lady Bisons battled back with a pair of runs in the third and tied the game in the fifth with two more runs.
Mercer took a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth, but one again Lipscomb tied the game 5-5 in the seventh to set the stage for the win in the eighth.
In the eighth Destinee Brewer led off with a single, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder’s choice by Peyton Ward for the deciding run.
Katie Turner extended her record to 3-0. She pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed only one hit. Megan Turner started for the Lady Bisons and scattered nine hits, walked one, struck out seven and hit two batters.
Lauren O’Dell dropped to 0-1 for Mercer. She threw three innings in relief, giving up three hits and two runs. She struck out one batter, but did not record a walk.
Lynn Gardner started for the Bears. In 4.1 innings she gave up six hits, walked five and struck out three.
The Lady Bisons are 4-2. Mercer is 3-4.
- Brewer, with two hits, extended her team-high hitting streak to four games.
- The 10 hits allowed by Lipscomb were the most this season.
- Opponents scored a season-high five runs on Lipscomb for only the second time this season. Arkansas scored five in a shutout win.
- Green is tied for the team lead in multiple hit games with two.
- Hannah DeVault and Jordan Fortel each slammed doubles for the Lady Bisons. Fortel leads the team with four doubles. Lipscomb had hit 15 this season.
The Lady Bisons play the host South Alabama Jaguars at 4:15 today.