Louisville, Ky. - The Lipscomb Bisons and the Louisville Cardinals kept the game close Tuesday afternoon at Ulmer Field. But in the end, Lipscomb prevailed 5-4 in eight innings.
Lipscomb led 4-3 in the seventh, but a home run by Megan Hensley tied the game.
"We didn't approach this game any differently than any other," Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. "We don't think our players are worried about playing teams like this. We have seen teams like this before all season."
The Bisons managed only five hits but walked 10 times. Louisville connected for nine hits.
"We got out hit but we got 15 runners on base and they had 11," Ryman said. "We did a good job of finding ways to get on base and we created opportunities."
Jenna Pealor put Lipscomb on the board in the second inning with a two-RBI home run. Hannah DeVault added an RBI-double in the third. Graysen Gladden singled to third base in the fourth to bring in a run.
In the top of the eighth Khayla Green lead off with a single up the middle. Green moved to second when pinch-hitter Katie Turner walked. Green advanced to third on a fielding error and then scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch.
Mandy Jordan, 9-7, came on in relief and earned the win. She allowed one hit and one run. She struck out two and walked one in 3 2/3 innings.
Chloe Yeager made her third consecutive start and pitched 4 1/3 innings. She gave up three runs, seven hits and one walk to go with three strikeouts.
"Chloe kept them off balance with her pitches," Ryman said. "Mandy came in and did a very nice job.
"They were really aggressive on the bases early and got us a little out-of-whack defensively. But we did a good job of settling down from the fifth inning on."
Lipscomb is 24-12-1. Louisville is 22-13.
"We did enough to win," Ryman said. "Louisville is a very good hitting team and they only had three extra-base hits.
"I am proud of what we did. We needed a signature win like this."
- The Bisons are 2-1 in extra-inning games this season and 4-1 overall against Louisville.
- The Bisons stole four bases with Peyton Ward, Graysen Gladden, Abby Davis and Amy Vetula each with one.
Ward has 19 for the season to lead the Lady Bisons and the ASUN. Gladden has 15 and Davis has nine.
- Fortel's streak of games reaching base safely is 35 after she walked against Louisville.
- Gladden extended her hitting streak to six games. Vetula has a four-game string.
- Pealor has sixth multiple-RBI games, four home runs and 20 RBI.
- DeVault extended her team lead in doubles to 14. She also leads in runs batted in with 35.
- The 10 walks by Lipscomb batters is the highest game total of the season. Previously the Lady Bisons walked nine times against Eastern Illinois on March 2 and Western Kentucky March 13.
The Bisons hit the road for an ASUN series at Jacksonville. The games Saturday are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. Sunday's game starts at noon.