CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – It was small ball time for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons who managed just three singles, but still managed to beat Eastern Illinois 4-1 Saturday afternoon at chilly Warner Field.
It was the third win in a row for the Lady Bisons in the Frost Classic. They are 7-6 for the season. Eastern Illinois dropped to 4-10.
“On the negative side we only had three hits, but on the positive side we had so many quality at bats which won’t show in the box score,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We had a lot of deep counts and we had five walks and three hit by pitches.’
“We consistently had runners on base. We were aggressive on the bases. We were putting pressure on the defense even when we weren’t getting hits. We made them feeling they had to execute in the moment on defense and that is what we want to make them do. I love how we were consistently making things happen.”
The Lady Bisons finish the tournament Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. against Miami (Ohio).
“Miami is an athletic and aggressive team,” Ryman said. “They are going to grind with you. We have had some good match-ups with them. Hopefully, we will come out and be in attack mode.”
Mandy Jordan, 2-1, missed a shot at her first shutout of her collegiate career. She gave up a pinch-hit home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. For the game Jordan scattered four hits, walked one and struck out six.
“Mandy had a really good outing,” Ryman said. “I am really proud of her continuing to fight and grind it out. It was her third start of the season and she found a way to grind it out and finish it.
“She didn’t allow many runners or many hits. She had the one run late in the game, but she came back and struck out the next batter to end the game. She has a stern, serious demeanor out there. She is a fighter. She is the future of our program in the circle.”
Jordan had run support early, but Eastern Illinois was never out of the game.
“She continued to fight every inning,” Ryman said. “Eastern Illinois had a shot to get back in it each inning. But Mandy kept going at them and finding ways to keep them off base.”
“We are excited about the progress she keeps making. We are looking to continue to get her innings early in the season.”
Lipscomb struck first in the opening inning. Brittany Elmore led off with a hit and stole second. She moved to third on a sac bunt by Kasey Gibson. Elmore scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Caitlin Plocheck.
The Lady Bisons added another run in the second when Sarah Higgins stole home and Khayla Green stole second on a double steal.
In the third Gibson scored on a wild pitch.
In the fifth Abby Fenichel was hit by the pitchers. Plocheck grounded out and moved Fenichel to third. She scored on an error by the first baseman.
- Fenichel was hit by the pitcher three times in the game, a season high.
- Four players – Elmore, Higgins, Destinee Brewer and Green – stole bases.
- The three singles were by Elmore, Baylee Williams and Brewer.
- Plocheck finished the day with a combined five RBI.