March 15, 201712345RHE
Win: JORDAN (12-3) 5.020009
Loss: SMITH (3-2) 4.277413
HIGGINS (LIP) 312000
DEVAULT (LIP) 322100
ENGLAND (UAB) 201000
PETREE (UAB) 201000
Softball ready to renew rivalry with UAB
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball ready to renew rivalry with UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Lipscomb and UAB may be in different conferences, but they have a softball rivalry which began in 2010 at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional.

Lipscomb prevailed in both games, including a 7-6 win in extra innings that catapulted the Lady Bisons into the championship game with Alabama.

“They have been a team that traditionally we have matched up pretty well against,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “When I say match up well I mean they play a lot like we do.

“They are very talented from top to bottom. They recruit similarly to how we recruit in terms of the type of players they want. They look for really good athletes they can develop.”

Last season UAB, from Conference USA, made a trip to Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium and took a 4-2 win home.

Wednesday at 4 p.m. the Lady Bisons are heading south to Mary Bowers Field for a single game. Lipscomb is 17-7. UAB is 9-14.

“They are a team we have had a lot of really great battles against, and we haven’t always come out on top,” Ryman said, “Typically, when we play them, it is a very good game and a close game.

“Their record is not indicative of the quality of team they are. They graduated some key pieces from last year. Overall, they have always been a very quality opponent for us.”

The series: UAB leads the series 12-6.

Jordan rolls on: In this week’s NCAA stats Mandy Jordan is 10th in strikeouts with 112, 11th in shutouts with four, 12th in wins with 11, 17th in saves with two, 48th with a 1.19 earned run average and 48th in strikeouts per seven innings with 8.3.

More NCAA stats: Kasey Gibson is 20th with three triples.

As a team Lipscomb is 50th with a 2.31 earned run average and 62nd with a .986 fielding percentage.

Going with the Plo: Caitlin Plocheck leads the team with a .358 batting average. She also is No. 1 on the team in home runs with five.

She is tied with Gibson for the team lead in hits with 29 and runs batted in with 15.

Plocheck is second on the team with seven multiple-hit games. She is tied for second with three multiple-RBI games.

She opened the season with at least one hit in her first 13 games and reached base in 16 consecutive games. Both are still the longest of the season on the team.

Kasey is O.K.: Gibson leads the team with 10 multiple-hit games.  She also is tied for the team lead with four multiple-RBI games.

Gibson ended a 10-game hitting streak over the weekend at the Memphis Tournament. She also had an 11-game streak for reaching bases end.

“Finny” is in the swim:  Abby Fenichel leads having reached base in her last 14 games, third longest streak on the team this season,

Fenichel has three multiple-RBI games including a team high five. She has two multiple-hit games.

Fenichel has a two-game hitting streak. No one on the team has more than a two-game hitting streak. Her longest of the season is 10.

Next up: The Lady Bisons are back at home this weekend to play Austin Peay from the Ohio Valley Conference.

A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 1. A single game will be played Sunday at 1.