CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons were able to pack a win in their bags as they head south.
Thursday night at Frost Stadium the Lady Bisons, known for their ability to score late in games, pushed eight runs across the plate in the final four innings for an 8-4 win over Chattanooga.
The Lady Bisons are 24-4. Chattanooga, from the Southern Conference, fell to 14-13. The Lady Bisons have won their last five games.
“If you would have told me this game would be 8-4 after the way the first three innings started I would have said that is a joke,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Both teams struggled to get going offensively.
“By the fourth inning we made some adjustments at the plate and really started attacking more pitches instead of taking more early in the count. We did a nice job of just putting the ball in play. We found ways to put the ball on the ground and use our speed.”
The Lady Bisons return to Atlantic Sun action this weekend as their road trip continues Saturday and Sunday at Kennesaw State. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at noon. A single game Sunday also starts at noon.
“I was excited to see us get on the board in the fourth,” Ryman said. “What was most impressive is we kept on scoring.”
A key inning for the Lady Bisons was the seventh. After giving up three runs to Chattanooga in the bottom of the sixth the Lady Bisons rallied for two more runs. With two outs Haley Elliott doubled down the right field line. Jordan Abell came on to run for Elliott. Mimi Cartwright singled to left to Abell. Madison Wray entered the game to run for Mimi Cartwright. Wray came home on a double down the left field line by Rena’ Cothron.
“Getting those two in the top of the seventh was huge,” Ryman said. “We talked about how key Haley’s double was. Mimi fought back and got a key RBI single and Rena’ gets a key RBI double. That cushion was huge for us as Chattanooga came to bat in the bottom of the seventh.”
The Lady Bisons scored two in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh for the win.
They finished with 12 hits off of two Chattanooga pitchers – Katie Henderson and Taylor Deason. Paige Neely tied for the game high with three.
“I am proud of what we did at the plate,” Ryman said. “I will take 12 hits any night.
“I was not thrilled with Chattanooga coming back but they are a good team. When they started putting the pressure on us we did a nice job of staying in there with them.”
Ashley Anderson is 10-0 for the season. She gave up six hits and three runs, two earned, in 5.2 innings. The senior left-hander struck out two and walked two.
“Ashley did a nice job throughout the game,” Ryman said. “But Chattanooga started making adjustments against her. Good teams are going to do that.”
Heather Parker relieved in the sixth and pitched the final 1.1 innings. She struck out three, including the first batter she faced, and gave up three hits and one run. She also walked one.
“We felt like it was a good opportunity to make a pitching change,” Ryman said. “Heather didn’t have a great start, but all of a sudden bases are loaded in the seventh and she gets two key strikeouts and a fly out. She had great composure.”
Two Lady Bisons connected for two hits – Cothron and Bridgette Begle. Brianne Welch added a double.
“If that crew can keep doing that we are going to be fine,” Ryman said. “I am proud of the fight we continue to show.”