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Softball overcomes sluggish start for 5-2 win over Campbell
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball overcomes sluggish start for 5-2 win over Campbell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mandy Jordan, just like the river, continues to roll on in the circle for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.

Wednesday night she tied her season high for strikeouts with 12, and won her 10th game of the season, as Lipscomb beat Campbell 5-2 at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. It was the seventh win in a row for the Lady Bisons, 16-5. The Camels, 14-10, had beaten Austin Peay 8-6 earlier in the day.

Jordan, 10-2, scattered eight hits, but did not walk a batter.

“Mandy got some key outs when we needed them,” Ryman said. “She is off to a good start.

“Every time we throw a challenge her way she finds a way to elevate her game. The biggest key is keeping her challenged whether it is her competing against herself or the other team. She is learning with every outing.”

For the second Wednesday in a row the Lady Bisons opened a game on the sluggish side.

“We didn’t have the sharpest start,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Something we challenged them with after the game was we need to do a better job in mid-week games of coming out and being the aggressor instead of getting punched first and being reactive.

“Being at home and in school is a different dynamic. We have to learn to handle and prepare for that and mentally be sharper on those days. We are doing a great job of being ready on weekends but we are getting a slow start in mid-week games.”

Campbell scored first in the opening inning and Lipscomb tied the game in the third on an RBI-single to right field by Hannah DeVault.

Campbell added another run in the fifth on a solo home run to left field by Madison Herring who tied for the team game lead with three hits at the leadoff spot. Campbell’s No. 2 hitter, Taesha Duboise also had three hits.

Lipscomb exploded for three runs in the fifth DeVault picked up her second RBI of the game on a single up the middle. Abby White, pinch-hitting for Destinee Brewer, connected for a single that brought home DeVault and Abby Fenichel.

“It literally is just a matter of time before Hannah really takes off,” Ryman said. “She is a hard worker. She is one of those players who is so talented, but she is a thinker.

“She, at times, can be that hitter who overanalyzes what is happening. We try to get her to step into the box and not think. We want her to see the ball and keep it simple. Between at bats is the time to think, analyze and come up with a game plan. It is good to see her being so productive.”

Caitlin Plocheck led off the sixth for Lipscomb by slamming the ball over the center field fence.

Katie Baker, 5-5, took the loss for Campbell. She gave up seven hits and four runs, all earned. She walked six and struck out three.

Amber Schisler threw 1.1 innings and gave up two hits, including the home run by Plocheck. She allowed the one run and struck out one. She did not walk a batter.

“Props to Campbell,” Ryman said. “They came ready to play. They are talented. They are going to win a lot of games this year.”

Scorebook notes:

  • It was the first multiple-RBI game of the season for White.
  • Kasey Gibson and Fenichel extended their team-high hitting streaks to 10 games.
  • Sarah Higgins leads the team having reached base in 13 straight games. Fenichel extended her streak to 11 games and Gibson has 10.
  • Jordan struck out 12 batters Feb. 17 against Illinois-Chicago at the Cougar Classic hosted by the College of Charleston.
  • Plocheck has a team-high five home runs. She is the team RBI leader with 15.
  • Peyton Ward stole one base and leads the team with 11.
  • Khayla Green stole her first base of the season.

Next up: The Lady Bisons are headed to Memphis Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the University of Memphis Tournament. They open at 9 a.m. Friday against Western Illinois.