Softball makes a big move in the RPI
Monday, March 27, 2017
By Mark McGee
Softball makes a big move in the RPI
Photo by Erin Turner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb softball team made a five-point jump in the second week of NCAA RPI ratings.

The Lady Bisons are rated 42nd in the RPI after opening the season in 47th place.

The Lady Bisons, 24-9, finished last week with a 3-2 record. Wednesday they swept Western Kentucky in a doubleheader. They closed out the week 1-2 on the road against ASUN Conference foe USC Upstate.

“Western Kentucky and Upstate are both quality opponents,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “The goal every year is to be in the mix and in order to be there you have to have quality wins.

“One thing that is helping us this year is we don’t have many bad losses. We only have one loss to a team that is over 150 in the RPI. And most of the wins we have are against a lot of teams in the top 100 to 150.”

Lipscomb is the top-rated team in the ASUN Conference. Kennesaw State is 47th followed by USC Upstate at 62, FGCU at 89 and North Florida at 95th.

Stetson at 102 and Jacksonville, 142nd, are the only ASUN teams not in the top 100.

“The RPI factors in a lot of different things,” Ryman said. “We are helping ourselves with the way we are playing and the teams we have played.”

Lipscomb is back home briefly as Tennessee Tech visits Wednesday for a single game at 5 p.m. at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.

Roll on Jordan: Lipscomb pitcher Mandy Jordan, 16-4, enters the week ranked third nationally in NCAA Division I in wins. She is sixth in strikeouts with 165.

Her 1.17 earned run average is 28th in the nation. She is 31st in strikeouts per seven innings with 8.8 and 34th in saves with two.

In the ASUN Jordan leads in innings pitched (132), batters struck out looking (43), strikeouts and wins. She is tied for first in starts with 19. She is second in earned run average, third in opposing batting average (.191) and tied for second in saves and appearances with 22.

Thomas in the mix:  Pitcher McCarley Thomas is fifth in opposing batting average (.230), sixth in strikeouts (79), sixth in strikeouts looking (21) and 10th with a 2.68 ERA.

Going with the Plo: Caitlin Plocheck is tied for second in the ASUN in home runs with seven and is tied for second in doubles with 10. She is third in total bases (71), fifth in slugging percentage (.623) and tied for seventh in hits with teammate Kasey Gibson with 40.

Gibson is tied for fourth in triples with three

Peyton’s place on base: Peyton Ward is first in the conference in sacrifice bunts with eight. Ward is ninth in stolen bases with 14.