NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Purple and Gold Challenge hasn’t been much of one for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
On the second day of the challenge Saturday Lipscomb closed out with a 7-1 win over Stony Brook. The Lady Bisons started the day with a 7-0 shutout of Valparaiso.
Lipscomb, 14-5, has won five games in a row. Stony Brook falls to 1-7.
Mandy Jordan gave up a run, a solo home run by Stony Brook’s Lexie Shue to start the fourth inning. It is the only run allowed by Lipscomb this weekend. Jordan shut down Eastern Illinois 8-0 Friday in five innings. McCarley Thomas blanked Valparaiso 7-0 earlier Saturday.
“The really cool thing right now is McCarley and Mandy weren’t really at their best,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “There were innings and moments where they were really sharp and good.
“There were also moments when they were getting behind batters consecutively and were not always sharp with hitting their spots. Even at that we are still getting good performances out of them and our defense is playing well behind them.”
Lipscomb started the first inning against Stony Brook with a run. Caitlin Plocheck slammed a home run to right center.
They added three more in the fifth on four hits, all singles, and two walks.
The Lady Bisons struck again in the sixth on a three-RBI home run to deep center field by Sarah Higgins with two outs.
“We are doing a really good job of staying disciplined,” Ryman said. “This weekend, especially, we are not chasing many pitches.
“That is half the battle. When you swing at strikes good things are going to happen, not always hits, but you are more often hitting it hard and doing things like moving a runner.”
Jordan, 9-2, went the distance and threw a two-hitter. She struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.
“It was a great outing for Mandy,” Ryman said. “She wasn’t at her best, but she still won the game.”
Melissa Rahrich, 1-2, started for Stony Brook. She allowed eight hits and four runs, all earned. She struck out three and walked one.
Lindsey Hughes threw one inning in relief. She gave up three runs on two hits. She walked two and struck out one.
The Lady Bisons combined for 19 hits for the day against Valparaiso and Stony Brook.
“What is really awesome is we are hitting well from top to bottom,” Ryman said. “When you look at the last several games somebody different is getting some of those big hits and having the bigger games.
“Even when some of our players aren’t in the hit column we are still having productive at bats. Our outs, a lot of times, are very quality at bats. There are things we are doing well that don’t always show up in the box score.”
- Destinee Brewer made her first start since Feb. 17 against Stony Brook and finished with two hits. She played the top of the seventh inning against Valparaiso.
- Gibson finished with two hits, extending her multi-hit game total to nine. She connected for a double, her second in as many games.
- Higgins finished with a personal season-high four RBI, which was also the game high.
- Gibson and Abby Fenichel each have eight-game hitting streaks to lead the team.
- Higgins, with two hits, has reached base in 11 straight games, a team high.
- Thomas has two shutouts for the season.
- Lipscomb has five shutouts this season.
Next up: The Lady Bisons close out the Challenge Sunday at 12:30 against Eastern Illinois. Valparaiso and Stony Brook play at 10 a.m.