|February 17, 2018||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: JORDAN (2-0)||8.0||3||4||2||1||7|
|Loss: MCCRADY (1-2)||0.0||2||7||6||3||0|
|February 17, 2018||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: JIMMERSON (2-0)||7.0||8||1||1||2||2|
|Loss: FORTEL (1-1)||7.0||4||2||0||0||7|
MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. - On a perfect day for softball on a sunny, Florida Saturday, the Lady Bisons made the most of it with a double header in the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational.
Coming off a decisive 13-3 win over George Mason and a 4-3 walk-off win over Virginia on Friday to open the tournament, the Lady Bisons looked to protect its perfect record on the second day. They finished the day with an overall record of 5-1 after defeating the Ohio Bobcats 12-4 and notching their first loss of the season against Jacksonville State, 2-1.
In the first contest of the morning, the Lady Bisons took on the Bobcats. The first six innings were a chess match between junior hurler Mandy Jordan of Lipscomb and freshman Bobcat Madi McCrady, with no runs crossing the plate for either team.
The Bobcats and the Bisons kept the game close through the next two innings as each team matched one another run for run.
Lipscomb opened the scoring in the top of the seventh on a RBI-bunt single from Ward. After Ohio knotted things up in the bottom of the frame, the Lady Bisons then responded with three runs in the eighth when Higgins singled to center to drive in Turner. Jordan Fortel followed with a 2-run blast two batters later to make it a short-lived 4-1 lead before the Bobcats would plate three in the bottom half.
Entering the ninth tied 4-4, Lipscomb started the inning with an explosive performance at the plate that resulted in eight runs being scored.
RBI-singles from Caitlin Turner, Sarah Higgins and Jenna Endris helped Lipscomb to its biggest inning of the season. Ohio remained scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to give the Lady Bisons a 12-4 win.
Jordan moved to 3-0 in the circle after continuing her dominant start to the 2018 season. She struck out seven batters in eight innings of work. Jordan blanked Ohio on the scoreboard through the first six innings, before allowing four runs over the next two frames and being lifted for Megan Gray, who worked a perfect ninth.
Eight different players scored a run and recorded a hit for Lipscomb, and seven players notched a RBI. Jordan (3-0) struck out seven batters in eight innings.
In the second tilt of the afternoon, the Lady Bisons looked to stretch their win streak to six as they took on Jacksonville State.
Coming off explosive hitting to close out first game, Lipscomb managed only three hits and was held scoreless through the first four innings to start their campaign against the Gamecocks.
Higgins reached base first for the Lady Bisons with a 2-out single in the bottom of the first inning, but was left on base as the inning came to a close with Hannah DeVault earning the third out.
The Lady Bisons took the lead in the fifth after sophomore Peyton Ward started the frame with a walk to first after a 3-2 count. As teammate Khayla Green struck out at home, Ward turned on the engines and stole second base.
Turner reached second base after hitting a single to the pitcher and stretching it on the throw. Ward advanced to third on an error by Jacksonville State third baseman Caitlyn Sapp. Ward then crossed home plate for Lipscomb’s first run of the game.
Hurler Jordan Fortel kept the Gamecocks hitless through the top half of the fifth inning. In the sixth, Jacksonville State got on the scoreboard with two runs, which proved too much for the Lady Bisons to overcome.
In the sixth inning, Fortel got hot on the other side of the pitcher’s circle as she singled to left field. Senior first baseman Caitlin Plocheck singled to center field and Chloe Yeager reached base on a fielder’s choice. But none crossed home plate before Ward’s pop fly out ended the inning.
After Jacksonville State’s sixth-inning surge, they remained hitless in the seventh and final inning of the contest.
Down only one run going into the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Bisons made a run at tying the game with one out as Turner notched another single and catcher Abby Fenichel singled to center field, advancing Turner to second. The inning and the game came to an end when Higgins hit a grounder that resulted in a double play.
Fortel (1-1) pitched all seven innings, striking out seven batters and allowing four hits that resulted in two runs. She faced 26 batters and ended the game with a 112 pitches and 81 strikes.
The Lady Bisons finished the contest with eight hits for the game and one error.
Lipscomb takes on UNC-Greensboro Sunday in the final day of action in the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.