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Win: Littlejohn (14-1) 7.0300114
Loss: JORDAN (17-6) 6.095455
HIGGINS (LIP) 301000
GREEN (LIP) 201000
Runyon (UA) 402200
Grantham (UA) 302100
Dykes (UA) 312000
Softball has chilly reception against Alabama
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Softball has chilly reception against Alabama
Credit: Todd Thompson

FLORENCE, Ala. – A cold wind blew no good for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.

Wednesday night as a chilly wind blew in gusts the Lady Bisons fell 5-0 to No. 11/12-ranked Alabama in the “Showdown in Flo-Town at the Florence Sportsplex. Lipscomb is 27-11 overall. Alabama is 33-6.

“Ultimately, it is about preparing for the future and being ready for the future,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We faced a really great team and a really good pitcher.”

Alabama opened with two runs in the first inning and added three more runs in the sixth.

“Mandy had a slightly slow start,” Ryman said. “The wind was not as big a factor as it could have been but we had a fly ball in the first inning that looked like it was going to go into the outfield and it ended up in the infield for a hit.

“We had a couple of little things like that in the first inning that went wrong. It allowed them to get on the board right away. It is tough to make those little mistakes against really quality teams.”

Lipscomb managed three singles with one each from Abby Fenichel, Khayla Green and Sarah Higgins.

Mandy Jordan, 17-6, took the loss for the Lady Bisons. She scattered nine hits and four of the runs she allowed were earned. She walked five and struck out five.

“I thought we did a great job of rebounding and holding them to the two runs until the sixth,” Ryman said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be about bunting and moving runners into scoring position. It was going to be about trying to string multiple hits together and try to create a big inning. We had some runners but we couldn’t put anything together.”

Sydney Littlejohn struck out 14 and walked one. She is 14-1 for the season.

“Littlejohn threw a great game,” Ryman said. “She is a very high-level pitcher. We knew it was going to be a tough offensive game.

“One of the big takeaways was when we get to regionals this is the caliber of pitchers and the caliber of teams we will be facing. We have to learn how through the course of a game to make better adjustments.”

Scorebook notes:                      

  • This was only the second time the Lady Bisons have been shut out this season.
  • They are 1-7 against Alabama overall.

Next up: Lipscomb returns to ASUN Conference action Saturday and Sunday against Stetson at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Game time Saturday is at 1 for the doubleheader. Sunday’s game begins at 11 a.m.