LAKE CHARLES, La. - It was all about the numbers for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team.
In two games Friday the Lady Bisons combined for 22 hits and 15 runs with seven doubles. The pitchers struck out 23 batters, gave up only two hits and walked only three batters. Defensively, the Lady Bisons did not make an error.
“We saw some pretty great things from our team,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “But just as important as the numbers on the scoreboard was the phenomenal energy of our team. We kept our energy level going all day.
“This was very much a full team effort. We strung together some hits, but we also got key hits and runs batted in with two outs. We have a lot of depth. We are not going to have to depend on just one or two players to win a game this season.”
Lipscomb opened the Cowgirl Classic hosted by McNeese State at Joe Miller Field with an 8-0, one-hit win over Campbell from the Big South Conference. They closed the day with a 7-0 win over Samford from the Southern Conference. Samford dropped to 0-2 with the loss.
Mandy Jordan set the tone for the Lady Bisons in game one striking out 10 of the 12 batters she faced. Megan Gray opened the fifth and added four strikeouts while giving up the lone hit.
“We hated to pull Mandy with a no-hitter,” Ryman said. “But this gave us the opportunity not to overthrow Mandy early in the weekend.
“It was good to get Megan into the game. She did a nice job working out of a couple of jams.”
Lipscomb capitalized on five doubles, two from Jordan Fortel, against Campbell. Khayla Green and Peyton Ward both collected doubles and also tied for the game lead in runs batted in with two.
It was more of the same against Samford. Katie Turner, making her collegiate debut in the circle for Lipscomb, pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout. She struck out nine and allowed only one hit.
Turner was an equal force at the plate with two doubles and four RBI, both game highs. She tied with Abby Davis for the game high in hits with three.
“Katie is a dual threat type of player,” Ryman said. “That is not a big surprise to us. She is going to be a fun player to watch the next four years here.
“She is our hardest thrower. She also swings a pretty heavy bat.”
- Davis, also a freshman, set the pace on the base paths with four stolen bases, two in each game. Graysen Gladden added one.
- In addition to Katie Turner and Davis with three hits, Ward and Gladden also produced multiple hits against Samford with two each.
- The Lady Bisons began last season with a pair of shutouts beating Georgia Tech 1-0 and Ole Miss 3-0 in the Sand Dollar Classic.
Saturday at 3 p.m. the Lady Bisons face Arkansas from the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas is rated 14th nationally in preseason polls.
Lipscomb closes out the day against McNeese State at 8.
“I think the Arkansas game is going to be very competitive,” Ryman said. “They have very good hitting and strong pitching. We are looking forward to it.
“McNeese State is receiving votes for the Top 25. They have been to the NCAA Regionals three years in a row. It is going to be a little tougher day for us, but it is good to challenge our kids early.”