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Win: MANDY JORDAN (20-7) 7.041114
Loss: BLOURNE (10-4) 6.062255
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A 2-1 victory gives softball an ASUN series win
Saturday, April 15, 2017
By Mark McGee
A 2-1 victory gives softball an ASUN series win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the third game of a series neither team has many surprises left up their sleeves.

In ASUN Conference softball the third games usually feature the best two pitchers from the day before. Offensively, coaches have instructed their hitters to make adjustments and then hope the players do what they are told.

Saturday afternoon at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium the Lipscomb Lady Bisons took an early 2-0 lead and held off a late seventh-inning rally by the North Florida Ospreys for a 2-1 win.

“I am proud of the adjustments we made,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We had some opportunities to score in the first inning and came up short. In the second we had the opportunity to score more runs, but also came up short.

“Regardless, I am proud of the opportunities we gave ourselves. We cashed in for a couple of runs and that gave us some confidence. We made the changes we needed to make in our approach at the plate. We did a great job of being very disciplined.”

The Lady Bisons won the series 2-1 with Mandy Jordan picking up the wins both times.

Lipscomb is 31-13, 7-5 in the ASUN. North Florida is 25-20, 5-4 in the conference.

“It is about just gutting it out and finding a way to win,” Ryman said. “That is what we have said all year long.

“It is not easy for either team in the third game. It is a harder offensive match-up typically on day two.”

In the series finale Jordan, 20-7, allowed four hits while walking one and striking out four.

“Mandy gutted it out,” Ryman said. “It was a long weekend. It was a hot weekend. Mandy did a nice job of not giving up many solid-contact balls.

“The team that executes the best is going to win on the second day. We did a really great job of finding a way a win.”

Morgan Blourne dropped to 10-4. She threw the 5-0, one-hit shutout in Friday’s nightcap. Saturday she scattered six hits, walked five, struck out five and hit one batter.

In the bottom of the second Peyton Ward led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Khayla Green. Destinee Brewer doubled to left field to send Ward to third. Ward scored on a wild pitch and Brewer moved to third. Abby Fenichel singled up the middle to bring in Brewer with what would prove to be the winning run.

In the seventh with one out North Florida’s Kayla McGory connected for a triple to left field. She scored on a pop up to second base. Jordan gave up a two-out single, but held on for the win.

“It is tough to sweep a three-game series in this conference this season,” Ryman said. “I am not saying it is impossible, but it not easy to do.”

Scorebook notes:

  • The Lady Bisons 31 wins tie the season total set by the 2015 team.
  • Sarah Higgins and Brewer each had a double in the game.
  • Fenichel has reached base in her last 11 games, the longest current streak on the team. Her 18-game streak earlier this season is the longest on the team.
  • Lipscomb is 16-2 at home.

Next up: The Lady Bisons have an off week in the ASUN April 22 and 23, but they will stay busy. Tuesday they travel to Louisville for a 4 p.m. single game. Thursday they welcome Chattanooga for a single game at 5 at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.