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 shuts down UAB in five on the road
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball shuts down UAB in five on the road

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – There may have been a chill in the air, but the Lipscomb Lady Bisons wielded some hot bats with a 10-hit attack in a 9-0 win over UAB.

The Lady Bisons won the game in five innings due to the run-rule Wednesday night at Mary Bowers Field. Lipscomb is 18-7. UAB, from Conference USA, slips to 9-15 overall.

“We really have been challenging our girls in mid-week games,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I thought we did a really great job of coming out and doing what we do. We got some key at bats in key situations.

“We are really trying to work harder individually on the things we have to get better at doing. What are pitchers attacking us with? We have to focus on getting better at those weaknesses. As the game went on we did a great job of finding ways to get the ball through the infield.”

Lipscomb scored three runs in the second capitalizing on three errors and a wild pitch by UAB.

The Lady Bisons added one run in the fourth when Destinee Brewer, who reached on a fielding error and moved to second.  Kasey Gibson struck out but was safe at first on a wild pitch. That play moved Brewer to third. Gibson stole second and Brewer stole home.

In the fifth Lipscomb’s bats got going with five runs on six hits. The big hit of the inning was a two-RBI single by Peyton Ward that went through the left side of the field.

“UAB did not play their best,” Ryman said. “They made some key mistakes early in the game that kind of opened the door for us.

“I thought we did a really nice job of capitalizing on those mistakes early. We also did a nice job later of attacking better pitches and getting ground balls through the infield.”

Mandy Jordan, 12-3, picked up the shutout with a two-hitter. She struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

“Mandy threw really well,” Ryman said. “It helps when your offense creates a cushion early in the game. As a pitcher you can go out and throw a little looser.

“Overall, Mandy had a strong start and really built off of that. She allowed three base runners the whole game. Some of her best outings this year she has had no walks. She is just attacking hitters. When she does that we tend to play well behind her.”

Megan Smith, 3-2, took the loss for UAB. She scattered seven hits in 4.2 innings. She allowed seven runs but only four were earned. She struck out three and walked one.

Madison Hir came on in relief. In one-third of an inning she gave up three hits and two runs, both earned. She struck out one and did not walk a batter.

No Lipscomb player connected for an extra base hit. Caitlin Plocheck, Sarah Higgins and Hannah DeVault each had two singles.

Ward and Brewer each scored two runs.

Scorebook notes:

  • Jordan has five shutouts for the season. The Lady Bisons have recorded eight shutouts for the season.
  • Plocheck has multiple hits in eight games.
  • Ward moved into the team lead in multiple-RBI games with five.
  • Ward leads the team with 13 stolen bases.
  • Brewer stole two bases and has seven for the season. Gibson has four.

Next up: The Lady Bisons close out spring break week with a three-game home series with Austin Peay from the Ohio Valley Conference. Game times at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium are 1 p.m. for a Saturday doubleheader and 1 p.m. for a single game Sunday.