NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team closed out the ASUN Conference series with Stetson on a high note.
Sunday afternoon at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium they pounded out 14 hits on the way to a 7-1 win over the Hatters. Lipscomb won the series 2-1.
“We got back to face-to-face softball,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We were able to steal some bases with runners at first and third. And with runners in scoring position we were able to string hits together, which is something we have been struggling with.”
Lipscomb is 29-12, 5-4 in the ASUN. Stetson falls to 24-11, 2-4 in the conference.
The Lady Bisons wasted little time getting on the scoreboard.
With two outs in the first inning Caitlin Plocheck blasted a solo homer over the left field fence for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Bisons added two in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Stetson scored a run in the second inning.
Mandy Jordan, who retired 12 batters in a row starting with the last two batters of the second inning and ending with the second batter in the sixth, improved to 18-7.
She allowed five hits, one earned run, two walks and eight strikeouts.
“Mandy did a good job of settling in,” Ryman said. “Four of the five hits she gave up were in the first two innings. They didn’t get another hit until the sixth. I am really proud of what she did and proud of our offense for putting some runs behind her.”
Stetson used three pitchers with starter Tori Perkins, 8-7, taking the loss.
Lipscomb’s Sarah Higgins led the team for the second game in a row with three hits in the fourth spot in the lineup.
“We had sensed that Sarah had so many quality at bats lately,” Ryman said. “She was putting the barrel on the ball and making solid contact. She just had so many tough breaks in the games leading into the weekend.
“It is good to see her finally getting some breaks and finding some holes. Her confidence is starting to roll again. Any time you have a hitter like that in the middle it helps you go.”
The batters hitting in the No. 2 through the No. 5 spots combined for nine hits. Also putting in multiple-hit performances were Abby Fenichel (No.2), Plocheck (No.3) and Hannah DeVault (No. 5) with two hits each. Khayla Green, hitting eighth, also had a pair of hits.
“That is huge for the middle of our order,” Ryman said. “A lot of times people might look at batting averages and wonder why someone is hitting in a spot, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. On-base percentage is also big for us.
“We believe in this lineup and we know what they are capable of individually. Even when someone is not having their best day or best weekend we know what they are capable doing and we go back and work on things in practice. We have to trust ourselves and trust our abilities.”
- Higgins has a personal game high three hits in three games this season.
- Plocheck, with her eighth home run, has tied her career season high set last season.
- The 14 hits and seven runs are both game highs for the Lady Bisons this season against ASUN competition.
- Higgins hit a home run in the first inning of Saturday night’s 5-3 nightcap win and Plocheck hit a round-tripper in the first inning Sunday.
- The Lady Bisons have played three ASUN series and are 2-1 in games played on Sunday.
- Only one Lipscomb hitter failed to get at least one hit in the game. Only two Lady Bisons struck out.
- Fenichel connected for her fifth double of the season and Higgins added her fourth.
Next up: The Lady Bisons have a quick turnaround. Tuesday they play host to Samford for a single game at 5 p.m.