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Win: MANDY JORDAN (23-10) 7.051128
Loss: THORPE (8-8) 3.154310
JONES (JU) 401000
McCOURT (JU) 401000
ROBERTS (JU) 301010
DANIELS (JU) 301000
BUSS (JU) 211111
Offense and Jordan are back as Lady Bisons win in ASUN
Thursday, May 11, 2017
By Mark McGee
Offense and Jordan are back as Lady Bisons win in ASUN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There should have been Bee Gees music on the loud speaker because the Lipscomb Lady Bisons are Stayin' Alive.

The Lady Bisons beat Jacksonville 4-1 Thursday in the ASUN Conference Tournament in a loser’s bracket game at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.

Weather-permitting Lipscomb, the No. 5 seed, will face Florida Gulf Coast Friday at 3 p.m.

Lipscomb is 36-19. Jacksonville is eliminated from the tournament and finishes the season with a 30-25 worksheet.

“This team knows it can be a Cinderella team,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “We are not expected to win at this point. I also think we are the most dangerous team here. No one wants to face us right now.

“I think everybody knows we haven’t played our best the last couple of weeks. But we are starting to click again. I am so proud of this team. It is so easy to throw the towel in and finish the season in the first loser’s bracket game, but this team is fighting.”

Lipscomb’s offense produced five hits, three of them doubles by Caitlin Plocheck, Hannah DeVault and Chloe Yeager.

Four different players drove in runs – Abby Fenichel, Plocheck, DeVault and Yeager.

“We had four RBI from four different players,” Ryman said. “We don’t have any players in the top of the conference in RBI because we spread it through the lineup.”

Mandy Jordan, 23-10, went the distance for Lipscomb. She scattered five hits, including a solo home run by Makenzie Buss in the second inning. She struck out eight and walked two.

“Mandy made pitch-after-pitch and found a way to win,” Ryman said. “She kept her walks down and her strikeouts were up.

“She is a fighter. She wants to be her best every time she pitches. That is one of things I love about her the most. She wants it so badly. The last few weeks have been a test for her and I thought she rebounded in a big way.”

Taylor Thorpe, 8-8, started for Jacksonville. Three of the four runs she allowed were earned. She walked one and did not strike out a batter in 3.1 innings.

Seana Mora came on in relief and threw 2.2 scoreless innings. She did not give up a hit or a walk and did not strike out a batter.

“If we keep the offense going and stand behind our pitchers defensively we are going to hang with any team here.

“Our players know they are capable of more. That is the mindset they came out here with against Jacksonville. It was the attitude of `we are going to win’. I saw it from the very first pitch. We are starting to get it going again.”

Scorebook notes:

  • When Destinee Brewer scored in the first inning on a double by Plocheck the Lady Bisons broke a string of 14 innings without a run.
  • Plocheck added to her career season high with her 17th double.
  • Peyton Ward stole her 21st base of the season and Brewer stole her 15th.
  • The last time the Lady Bisons faced Thorpe she threw a complete-game shutout.
  • This was the 15th time this season Jordan has recorded eight or more strikeouts.