TROY Ala. – Mandy Jordan made three starts and picked up three wins at the Troy Classic.
Sunday afternoon she bested host Troy 4-2 at the Troy Softball Complex. She opened the classic Friday with a 1-0 win over No. 19 Pittsburgh and threw a 7-0 shutout Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana. She also added a save in the 8-6, eight-inning win over Troy Friday.
“Mandy has always been a really good pitcher,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “She is much more consistent this year. More often than not, when we call a pitch for her, we know where it is going.”
Lipscomb is 10-5. Troy falls to 9-5.
Jordan, 7-2, allowed five hits and two runs, one earned. She struck out nine and walked three.
The Lady Bisons opened the game with two runs in the top of the first. Kasey Gibson led off with a single to left field. She advanced to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Caitlin Plocheck.
Sarah Higgins singled to left field with one out to bring Peyton Ward home. Ward reached base on an error.
Troy scored a run in the first and another in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.
The Lady Bisons scored what proved to be the winning run in the sixth. Abby White walked to start the sixth inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. She then went to third on a bad throw. White scored when Ward grounded out to second.
Lipscomb added an insurance run in the seventh. Plocheck singled to the pitcher and moved to second on a sac bunt by Higgins. Chloe Yeager singled to score Plocheck.
Troy used three pitchers. Peyton Glover, 1-2, took the loss. They gave up a combined nine hits, walked one, hit one batter and struck out three.
“We challenged the girls at the end of last weekend to start thinking of Sundays as championship Sundays,” Ryman said. “It is the end of a long weekend, but if you want that championship you have to finish strong. You can’t let the tiredness and soreness creep into your mentality.
“This was a tough weekend. Coming into this weekend our mentality was wanting to finish every game and to finish strong on Sunday. I am really proud of the effort, not just today, but for the weekend. This team is growing up a lot.”
- Gibson, Plocheck and White each connected for two hits. It was White’s first multiple-hit game of the season and her career.
- Plocheck, after ending her career high hitting streak at 13 against Pittsburgh Saturday, bounced back against Troy.
- Ward, Gibson and Fenichel each have five-game hitting streaks, tying for the current high on the team.
- Ward has nine stolen bases, adding one against Troy.
- Gibson leads the team with eight multi-hit games. Plocheck has seven.
Next up: The Lady Bisons are scheduled to play their first home game of the season Wednesday when Wright State visits Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium for a 3 p.m. game.