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Win: GRAY (3-3) 5.020003
Loss: Leonard (1-7) 4.0119810
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Keeley (IUPUI) 301000
Wright (IUPUI) 201000
DEVAULT (LIP) 212010
HIGGINS (LIP) 322000
PLOCHECK (LIP) 312200
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: JORDAN (11-0) 7.072142
Loss: PARKER (6-5) 6.033362
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SORGI (BGSU) 303010
SEARLE (BGSU) 403000
HIGGINS (LIP) 211010
PLOCHECK (LIP) 301000
WARD (LIP) 311301
Softball run-rules IUPUI to kick off round robin weekend
Saturday, March 17, 2018
By Mark McGee
Softball run-rules IUPUI to kick off round robin weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons got the chance to stretch their muscles on offense.

Saturday afternoon at sunny Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium the Lady Bisons pounded out 11 hits in a 9-0 win over IUPUI that was called after 4 ½ innings due to the run rule.

Lipscomb, 16-6, plays Bowling Green State at 4. IUPUI slips to 4-13 after also losing 7-3 to Bowling Green State earlier in the day.

“I thought we did a nice job offensively of taking what their pitcher was giving   us,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “There were a few at bats we would like to have back, but that is true in any game.”

Lipscomb scored three runs in the second. Sarah Higgins led off with a double down the left field line. Caitlin Plocheck singled up the middle. Khayla Green doubled down the left field line to score both Higgins and Plocheck. Green scored on a fielder’s choice by Graysen Gladden.

Lipscomb added another run in the third when Jordan Fortel drove in Hannah DeVault on a double to left center.

In the fourth Peyton Ward and Gladden singled setting the stage for Abby Fenichel’s three-run homer that just cleared the 220-foot mark in center field. With two outs Plocheck singled into left field to drive in two more runs.

“In the bottom of the fourth we had two big two-out hits (by Higgins and Plocheck) to push us into run-rule territory,” Ryman said. “To get them in that scenario with two outs was really big for us.

“Two-out RBI hits is something we haven’t done the best with this season. We have left a lot of runners on.”

Dezirae Leonard, 1-7, took the loss for IUPUI. She walked one batter and did not record a strikeout.

Megan Gray, 3-3, went the distance for the Lady Bisons throwing her second shutout of the season. In five innings she struck out three and allowed only two hits.

“That was important for us,” Ryman said. “Megan has been working hard on not over-thinking and just sticking to what she knows best.

“She came out and did a really nice job. When your offense is scoring early it relieves some pressure. She is the kind of pitcher who wants to do her part and she did that. Megan having a really strong outing was big for us.”

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Lipscomb stole five bases, tying a season game high set March 10 against Penn State. Gladden led the way with three stolen bases, a personal game high. Ward and Plocheck each added one stolen base. Ward has 10 stolen bases this season.
  • The Lady Bisons three doubles tie the season game high.
  • Higgins recorded her eighth multiple-hit game and leads the team in that category.
  • Plocheck and Green each have four multiple-hit games.