Senior pitcher Maryssa Tippett hit two two-run homeruns and was 3-for-4 with five runs batted in, and Lincoln took a 10-9 walk-off win over Tacoma Baptist this afternoon at the SERA Athletic Fields.
Tied 9-9 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Abes’ Ashley Alexander and Sasheta Green drew walks, and Heidi Leeper was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kayla Aronholt then stepped up and lined a pitch into center field to drive in Alexander, giving Lincoln its first win of the season.
Tippett had helped give the Abes a 7-3 lead with her first two-run homer – a blast to left center field – as part of a six-run second inning that also included run-scoring singles by Maryelle Montes and Adrina Patrick. But Tacoma Baptist responded to take a 9-7 lead with five runs in the fourth, as pitcher Jenny Brooks had a two-run single in the inning and Becca Cerka and Piper Havens followed with back-to-back run-scoring triples. But Tippett responded again in the bottom of the inning, drilling another pitch from Brooks into left center for her second homer to tie the game.
The Crusaders had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh when Havens led off with a single, Hannah Hagala followed with a walk and the duo advanced to second and third with just one out. But Tippett notched back-to-back strikeouts to escape the threat, leading to the dramatics in the bottom of the inning.