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Win: JORDAN (3-1) 7.0300112
Loss: FRAZIER (2-1) 7.041123
GIBSON (LIP) 401000
WARD (LIP) 301100
BREWER (LIP) 201000
WATTS (UIC) 301000
WEDL (UIC) 301000
Jordan shuts out UIC as softball sweeps the day
Friday, February 17, 2017
By Mark McGee
Jordan shuts out UIC as softball sweeps the day

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons scored only one run, but it was all they would need.

Right-hander Mandy Jordan, 3-1, shut down Illinois-Chicago for a 1-0 win Friday afternoon. It was the second win of the day for the Lady Bisons who opened with a 4-1 win over Monmouth in the first day of the Wyndham Garden Cougar Classic hosted by the College of Charleston at Patriots Park.

“Mandy just goes out and does what she does regardless of what we are doing offensively,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “She just focuses on being as good as she can be every inning.”

The Lady Bisons are 4-3 and have won their last three games. It was the first loss in seven games for UIC.

“This team knows it can win,” Ryman said. “We know we can win tight games.

“We are learning how to grind out wins. There is not a lot of panic with this group.”

With the bases loaded in the top of the second Peyton Ward reached base on an error by UIC’s first baseman. Jenna Pealor, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice, scored. Also on base were Destinee Brewer and Kasey Gibson who had each connected for singles.

Jordan held UIC to three hits. She struck out 12 and walked one. She also hit one batter.

Ryman is especially pleased to see Jordan come in after each inning and discuss what has happened with pitching coach Megan Rhodes Smith.

“For Mandy a lot of it is about staying loose,” Ryman said. “She is doing a great job of doing that. I really love she is talking with Megan about what she is doing and whether or not she needs to go to the bullpen and work on something.

“We want to keep her sharp from one inning to the next. We don’t want to let the game get too big. Instead of thinking about seven innings we are taking it one inning at a time. That is where our focus needs to stay.”

Karissa Frazier threw for UIC and allowed four hits while striking out three, walking two and hitting two batters.

“The biggest thing is we are not where we need to be on the offensive side,” Ryman said. “It is early in the season. We don’t want them to get too high or too low.

“It is about getting good at bats and swinging at good pitches. It is about keeping it simple. Hitting can be a complex thing and the more complex you make it the more difficult it gets. Offensively, they know they can be better.”

Scorebook notes:

  • The 12 strikeouts are a career game high for Jordan. She had 11 last season against Tennessee State April 26.
  • Jordan, 3-1, has tied her career season victory record. She was 3-2 last season.
  • It is Jordan’s first collegiate complete game shutout.
  • Plocheck has at least one hit in all seven games this season.
  • Ward has a six-game hitting streak.

Up next:

The Lady Bisons have most of the day to recover Saturday to get ready for a busy evening of games.

At 5 they will face Eastern Kentucky. College of Charleston is the nightcap at 7.

“We are going to face two really quality teams,” Ryman said. “It is a little weird having all day to wait to play. We are going to get the players out a little bit, build in some time to study and rest.”