MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – It was a less than satisfying finish to an outstanding weekend.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons lost 5-1 Sunday afternoon to Winthrop, 5-4, in the final game of the Wyndham Garden Cougar Classic. Lipscomb, 6-4, ended a five-game winning streak and won four games in the classic.
Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman warned that those who think her team had a letdown would be mistaken.
“I think this team is focused right now,” Ryman said. “I think they came into the game wanting to close out the weekend with a win and it just didn’t turn out that way.
“Winthrop has a scrappy team. They play hard. They are going to put balls into play. They did what they needed to do.”
Winthrop opened with a run in the first inning. The big hit for Winthrop was triple to center field by Maddie Antone to drive in three runs in the second. The Eagles added another run in the seventh.
In the sixth Caitlin Plocheck doubled and then stole third. Hannah DeVault was thrown out trying to steal second and Plocheck scored on the play.
Mandy Jordan, 4-2, started in the circle for Lipscomb. She pitched 3.2 innings and gave up seven hits and four runs. Only one run was earned. She struck out two and did not walk a batter.
McCarley Thomas relieved Jordan in the fourth inning. She allowed four hits and one run in 3.1 innings. She struck out five and walked one.
Keleigh Romine, 2-1, was the winning pitcher for Winthrop.
Lipscomb managed only three hits. Plocheck slammed her sixth double of the season. Khayla Green and Sarah Higgins each added a single.
“Bottom line…we didn’t make adjustments,” Ryman said. “We had a couple of untimely errors and Winthrop did a good job of taking advantage of our mistakes.
“We didn’t make the adjustments we needed to do pitching to keep ourselves in the game more. We didn’t make adjustments hitting. It was a bad combination all around.”
- Plocheck has at least one hit in all 10 games this season.
- Plocheck stole her second base of the season.
Next up: The tournament schedule continues for the Lady Bisons who travel to Alabama for the Troy Invitational Feb. 24-26.