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Softball’s Jordan no-hits Bradley 7-0 in mid-week matchup
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Mark McGee
Softball’s Jordan no-hits Bradley 7-0 in mid-week matchup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb pitcher Mandy Jordan was as sharp as the chilly wind.

On a sunny, but blustery and cold Wednesday afternoon at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Jordan struck out 12 and allowed only one base runner, when she hit Bradley’s Brooklyn Bane in the head in the third inning.

It was the first no-hitter of the season for Jordan as the Lady Bisons scored seven runs in the sixth inning for a 7-0 win. Jordan remained unbeaten in 10 decisions.

“Mandy is so capable of doing this,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “She didn’t have too many deep counts. She has had a lot of high strikeout and low-hit games this year. Even though she is capable of no-hitters it is still hard to do.

“It was great to see her come out and finish a game like this. There is a lot to be said about Mandy finishing the game and not giving up a hit late. She kept doing her job and kept going at hitters. It was an outstanding performance.”

The Lady Bisons are 15-6. Bradley falls to 10-13.

In the sixth inning Hannah DeVault, Abby Fenichel, Caitlin Turner and Graysen Gladden singled.

“Offensively, we struggled through most of the game,” Ryman said. “While I don’t want our hitters pressing after one at bat, I don’t want them to say Mandy has got it and just coast along.

“Even though it didn’t show up as hits we had better contact in the middle of the game. Obviously, in the sixth we started putting balls more solidly in play.”

Megan McHaffy, 4-7, went the distance for Bradley. She gave up seven hits, all unearned. She walked two and struck out two.

Bradley committed five errors, including three in the crucial sixth inning.

“There were a lot of little lulls where neither team was hitting,” Ryman said. “There weren’t too many balls put in play on Bradley’s end. It is easy for the defense to fall asleep in games like this.

“We did a nice job of staying in it and executing when they were putting balls in play. Bradley struggled late in the game because of errors.”

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Turner led the Lady Bisons with three hits at the lead-off spot, her highest single-game performance of the season. She is tied with Sarah Higgins for the lead in multiple-hit games with seven.
  • With two RBI Turner has three multiple-RBI games, one short of Jordan Fortel’s team- leading four games.
  • Turner stole two bases to move into the team lead with 10. Peyton Ward added one and is second with nine.
  • It marked the second game this season Turner has stolen two bases, tying a team game high. She also had two against George Mason on Feb. 16.
  • This was the second no-hitter of the season for the Lady Bisons. Fortel kept Ole Miss hitless in the second game of the season, a 3-0 win.

NEXT: The Lady Bisons have a busy weekend as Bowling and IUPUI visit Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium Saturday and Sunday in round-robin play. Saturday Lipscomb faces IUPUI at 1:30 p.m. followed by Bowling Green at 4. Sunday the Lady Bisons will play Bowling Green at 1:30 and end the weekend against IUPUI at 4. Bowling Green and IUPUI start it off at 11 a.m. Saturday.  The two will also play against each other again on Sunday at 11 a.m.