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Softball playing this weekend at Troy Classic
Thursday, February 23, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball playing this weekend at Troy Classic

TROY, Ala. – Achilles went to the ancient city of Troy seeking victory. In a less dramatic fashion the Lipscomb softball team is heading to Troy, the city in Alabama, looking for success as well.

A lack of consistency in hitting is an Achilles’s heel the Lady Bisons hope to avoid.

“We have another chance to go out and be a little more polished than we were the last two weekends and find ways to keep getting better,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We need to hit better, put more balls in play and limit our swings and misses.

“We have played pretty well defensively for the most part and we have gotten pretty decent pitching, especially out of McCarley Thomas and Mandy Jordan. We have to make the routine plays.”

Lipscomb opens the Troy Classic at the Trojan Softball Complex Friday at 12:30 p.m. against No. 19-ranked Pittsburgh. The Panthers are unbeaten this season at 9-0. Lipscomb is 6-4.

“Pittsburgh is not just undefeated,” Ryman said. “They have beaten some pretty good teams – Northwestern twice, Nebraska twice and Kentucky, which is ranked twice, and UCF, an outstanding mid-major twice.

“They are hitting well. They are pitching extremely well. They are fielding well. When you are doing all three well it says a lot about where they are right now. Certainly, it is going to be a challenge but if we go out and do what we are supposed to do we can play with anybody.”

The Lady Bisons are back on the field at 5:30 against host Troy, 8-2.

Lipscomb plays Southeastern Louisiana (6-3), the remaining team in the field, Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by a rematch with Pitt at 12:30.

A second game with Troy is scheduled for the Lady Bisons at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to close out the weekend.

“Troy is off to a great start,” Ryman said. “They have beaten Jacksonville twice and lost to North Florida. It is interesting when you go up against a team that has played other teams in your conference.

“Southeastern Louisiana likes to run and put pressure on the defense. We have three really good challenges I am looking forward to as we see how this team is going to be moving forward.”

NCAA rankings: Jordan is 24th in the nation with four wins.

Kasey Gibson is eighth with two triples.

Jordan is 26th in strikeouts with 37.

Caitlin Plocheck is 23rd in doubles per game with 0.6.

ASUN rankings: Jordan is fifth in earned run average (2.06), eighth in opposing batting average (.232), fourth in innings pitched (37.1), fourth in strikeouts (37) and is tied for fourth in wins with four.

Thomas is fifth in opposing batting average (.211), tied for fifth in strikeouts (26) and tied for ninth in both ERA (2.70) and innings pitched (23.1).

Plocheck leads in doubles with six. She is tied for seventh with a .394 batting average and tied for fourth with a .667 slugging percentage. She is also tied for fourth in hits with 13 and total bases with 22.

Abby Fenichel is tied for third having been hit by a pitch four times.

Peyton Ward is tied for fifth in stolen bases with six.

Gibson is tied for first with two triples.

Scorebook notes:

  • Plocheck has at least one hit in all 10 games this season.
  • Gibson has four multiple-hit games followed by Plocheck with three.
  • Fenichel leads the team with five RBI in a game. Plocheck and Sarah Higgins each have one game with three runs batted in.

Series records: Lipscomb is 2-4 in the all-time series with Troy.  The Lady Bisons beat Troy 2-0 last season in the Purple and Gold Challenge. It is the first time Lipscomb has played Pittsburgh or Southeastern Louisiana in softball.