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Win: JORDAN (5-2) 7.080028
Loss: K. Harris (5-1) 6.021124
H. Edwards (UP) 301000
E. Hershman (UP) 301000
A. Haynes (UP) 101000
G. Zeremenko (UP) 301000
O. Gray (UP) 201010
K. Manuel (UP) 301000
A. Solak (UP) 301000
V. Ortega (UP) 201010
HIGGINS (LIP) 201000
Jordan shuts down No. 19 Pitt in softball
Friday, February 24, 2017
Jordan shuts down No. 19 Pitt in softball

TROY, Ala. – Mandy Jordan shut down No. 19 Pittsburgh and Caitlin Plocheck sealed the deal with a solo walk-off home run to start the seventh inning for a 1-0 win.

It was the first loss of the season for the Panthers, 9-1. Lipscomb is 7-4.

“What a good game,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I told the team after the game we didn’t do anything to hurt ourselves.

“We struggled offensively, but we were facing a good pitcher. We kept ourselves in the game defensively and with our pitching. Any time you can do that you give yourself a chance.”

The win Friday afternoon was the first game for the Lady Bisons against Pittsburgh in program history. It was also the opening game for Lipscomb at the Troy Classic at the Troy Softball Complex. The Lady Bisons play the host team at 5:30 today.

“Pitt is off to a great start,” Ryman said. “Everyone knows about their ranking. We are excited to get the win.”

Jordan, 5-2, scattered eight hits and struck out eight while walking two. Timely fielding, and a gutty pitching effort from Jordan when she found herself in a jam, were the keys to the shut out.

Plocheck wasted little time in the seventh with her home run on the first pitch that she slammed over the left field fence.

“Plocheck got her hands on the ball,” Ryman said. “She is a home run kind of kid. She has the power.

“This is a hard park to hit the ball out of. It has the same dimensions as our park, but the wind was blowing inward and it did for most of the game. The ball wasn’t carrying at all for either team.”

It was only the second hit of the game for the Lady Bisons. Sarah Higgins was credited with a single.

Kayla Harris, 5-1, went the distance for Pittsburgh. She struck out four, walked two and hit one batter.

“She is very, very good at what she does and that is hitting spots,” Ryman said. “She is not going to miss over the plate.

“We stayed the course. A batter might be 0-2 but we were still in the game in the seventh and we had a chance to win it. That says a lot about our mentality offensively.”

Scorebook notes:

  • The last win for Lipscomb over a top 25 team was a 1-0 win over Baylor Feb. 15, 2014.
  • Plocheck has two home runs this season.
  • Plocheck now has at least one hit in all 11 games.
  • It is the second shutout of the season for Jordan who blanked Illinois-Chicago 1-0 Feb. 17.
  • It is also the second shutout for the Lady Bisons this season.