HOUSTON – Sometimes one run is all you need.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team gave pitcher Mandy Jordan a one-run lead in the first inning. Jordan responded by throwing seven shutout innings for a 1-0 win over Iowa State Saturday afternoon at the Cougar Classic at the University of Houston.
“Both teams were trying to grind it out and find any way possible to get a runner on, get her in scoring position and hopefully get a hit or catch a break,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Overall, it was a strange game because neither team had much going offensively.
“It was also a tense game, especially near the end, because both teams knew how valuable one run was going to be. Caitlin Turner made a nice catch in left center going back. Graysen Gladden made a nice play going towards the line in right field for a really great catch. Peyton Ward made some nice plays at short. Hannah DeVault played bloopers over her head really well.”
It was the second win of the day for the Lady Bisons and their third win in a row this weekend. They started Saturday with a 9-1 victory over Penn State.
With the win over Iowa State the Lady Bisons avenged a 6-1 loss Friday to the Cyclones. Lipscomb is 14-5. Iowa State falls to 11-13.
Lipscomb closes out the weekend facing Northwestern Sunday at 9 a.m.
Jordan threw a two-hitter. She struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
“We went hitless until the sixth inning,” Ryman said. “And they weren’t having much success against Mandy either.
“I thought Mandy did a nice job. She worked ahead in the count a lot. She threw under 100 pitches. She did not allow a walk. She kept making nice pitches.”
Savannah Sanders, 3-5, started in the circle for Iowa State. She threw three innings and gave up one walk and one strike out.
She did not allow a hit, but gave up the lone run which was unearned. She hit Turner with a pitcher to lead off the first. Turner scored when Iowa State’s second baseman made an error on a hit by DeVault.
“Hannah hit a fly ball to the right side and Iowa State’s second baseman dropped it,” Ryman said. “It was an unfortunate mistake for them.
“Did we have any idea that would be our only run? No. When the other team makes a mistake we know we have to cash in on it.”
Emma Hylen completed the final four innings. She shut down the Lady Bisons, but allowed two hits. She struck out four and did not record a walk.
“It was a very unusual game,” Ryman said. “I thought both of their pitchers did a nice job.
“We went into this knowing it was going to be a tough tournament and we would have to get after it and compete. We knew we were going to be challenged. We are O.K. with being challenged. That is good to see, especially at this point in the season.”
- This was the third shutout of the season for Jordan.
- Turner stole the lone base for Lipscomb. She has eight for the season tying Peyton Ward and Khayla Green for the team lead.
- After connecting for 17 hits against Penn State the Lady Bisons managed only two against Iowa State, both singles by Turner and Jordan Fortel.
- Fortel extended her hitting streak to four games, the longest active streak on the team.
Lipscomb is on spring break, but that isn’t slowing down the Lady Bisons. Wednesday at noon they will host Bradley at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium.