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Softball facing five games at College of Charleston
Thursday, February 16, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball facing five games at College of Charleston

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – The learning curve continues for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday they are scheduled to play in the Wyndham Garden Cougar Classic hosted by the College of Charleston at Patriots Point.

“Last weekend we saw some really great things, but we also saw some things like the two Marshall games we thought we should have closed out,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Those are tough tests to learn early in the season, but I would rather learn those things now than we when are about to start conference play.

“We walked away from the week at Florida State disappointed with our record, but we feel like we are gaining a good sense of what we are capable of doing.”

Lipscomb, 2-3, opens the classic at 9 a.m. Friday against Monmouth. It will be the season-opener for Monmouth and the first time Lipscomb has played the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference member.

At 1:30 the Lady Bisons face Illinois-Chicago. The two teams were supposed to meet last season at Illinois-Chicago, but high winds forced a cancellation. The Flames have opened the season with a 5-0 record.

Saturday Lipscomb plays later in the day. At 5 p.m. they are scheduled to face Eastern Kentucky from the Ohio Valley Conference. The Colonels have not played this season.

The Lady Bisons face host College of Charleston at 7 p.m. The Cougars are 4-0 to start the season, their best beginning since 2004.

Sunday Lipscomb closes the weekend with a 10:30 meeting with Winthrop of the Big South Conference. The Eagles are 1-4 with a lone win over East Carolina.

“We play all mid-majors this weekend,” Ryman said. “There are going to be some good, challenging teams.

“We are going out and just compete. When you are playing five times you can’t really get caught up with everything you are going to face. It is about doing what we can execute better. It will be another good weekend to gauge where we are at this point.”

Going with the Plo: Caitlin Plocheck has started the season with a five-game hitting streak.

She is 10th in the ASUN with a .400 batting average and is sixth in slugging percentage (.800) and fifth in total bases (12). She is tied for second with three doubles.

Abby Fenichel is tied for the conference lead having been hit by a pitch three times in the first five games.

Mandy is dandy: Right-handed pitcher Mandy Jordan is tied for first in the ASUN with 22.1 innings pitched. She is tied for first in games started with three.

Jordan is third in strikeouts with 17 and is tied for third in appearances with three. She is seventh in opposing batting average (.210) and eighth in earned run average (1.57).