SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Ball State softball team closed play in the Mustang Classic with a 3-1 loss to Lipscomb Sunday morning at Cal Poly's Bob Janssen Field.
With the loss, BSU closes its pre-conference tournament slate with a 19-9 overall record. Lipscomb, which received votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, improved to 20-8 with the victory.
The Cardinals' lone run in the came on a fifth-inning solo home run from junior center fielder Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana) who concluded her first collegiate trip in her home state with a .412 (7-for-17) batting average in five games. The long ball was Carpenter's fifth this season and the 15th of her career.
Senior catcher Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) added two hits in the contest, including a double in the sixth. Freshman designated player Hanne Stuedemann (Mattawan, Mich./Mattawan) also belted a double in the contest.
The Lady Bison scored runs in the first and third innings to pull ahead 2-0, before Carpenter's long ball in the bottom of the fifth cut the gap to 2-1.
Lipscomb managed to add its final run in the top of the sixth inning, pulling ahead 3-1.
Senior pitcher Kim Mazzapica (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake) suffered the loss on the mound for BSU, falling to 9-3 on the year after allowing six hits and three runs (two earned) over seven innings. She would strikeout three batters.
Lipscomb's Whitney Kiihnl pick up the win in the circle, improving to 17-4 after allowing just four hits and one run over seven innings. She would strikeout 11 Cardinals.
Ball State softball team returns to action Friday, when it opens Mid-American Conference action with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Western Michigan.