February 15, 201912345678RHE
Mercer202001005106
Lipscomb00202011690
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: TURNER (3-0) 2.110000
Loss: O'Dell (0-1) 3.032101
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Lane (MER) 423100
Jones (MER) 413200
GREEN (LIP) 302210
BREWER (LIP) 412000
February 15, 20191234567RHE
Lipscomb0030200572
South Alabama101600X873
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: A. Reid (1-2) 4.075222
Loss: JORDAN (1-2) 6.054464
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
WARD (LIP) 422000
FORTEL (LIP) 422200
DEVAULT (LIP) 402300
K. Cronan (USA) 424301
February 16, 20191234567RHE
Lipscomb0001110361
Tulsa121000X471
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: SCOTT (1-1) 5.053305
Loss: TURNER (3-1) 1.163301
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
WARD (LIP) 311000
FORTEL (LIP) 311000
PEALOR (LIP) 301000
GREEN (LIP) 311000
HIGGINS (LIP) 301100
BREWER (LIP) 301000
STAFFORD (TLS) 312100
February 16, 20191234567RHE
Lipscomb00420017100
North Dakota0000000002
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: GRAY (1-0) 7.0000113
Loss: Emily Rosas (0-2) 3.166644
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
HIGGINS (LIP) 412301
Deja Miller (UND) 200000
L. Hathaway (UND) 100000
V. Minor (UND) 300000
K. Schneider (UND) 300000
A. Uvila (UND) 200010
Jocelyn Kirk (UND) 200000
Angel Love (UND) 200000
Alyssa Rios (UND) 200000
Maddie Nixon (UND) 000000
M. Marzolino (UND) 100000
K. Bierstedt (UND) 100000
Lexi Mayhood (UND) 200000
Emily Rosas (UND) 000000
Nikki Pica (UND) 000000
February 17, 2019123456RHE
Mercer000010122
Lipscomb2112219120
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: TURNER (4-1) 5.021116
Loss: Gardner (3-2) 5.0118731
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Jones (MER) 212000
DEVAULT (LIP) 323110
Softball set for busy weekend at Jaguar Challenge
Thursday, February 14, 2019
By Mark McGee
Softball set for busy weekend at Jaguar Challenge

MOBILE, Ala. - Five games. Five different starters.

Such a scenario is not beyond the realm of possibility for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons as they head south for the Jaguar Classic hosted by South Alabama at Jaguar Field.

Actually, Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman and pitching coach Megan Rhodes Smith have six pitchers they can turn to, a luxury few teams enjoy.

“We are looking for opportunities to get all of them innings early in the season,” Ryman said. “We pitched well as a whole (in the Cowgirl Classic). We pitched well enough to win every single game.

“We have to continue to use the staff approach when we need to do it. We have got the tools to do it. We think we have good options.”

Senior Mandy Jordan, freshman Katie Turner, senior Jordan Fortel, junior Megan Gray and junior Chloe Yeager all saw action in the Cowgirl Classic. Senior Chloe Rogers did not pitch, but was in the mix.

“Six pitchers is a lot, but we have three of those pitchers who can hit – Katie Turner, Fortel and Yeager,” Ryman said. “It gives us not just depth in our pitching staff, but it gives us options in our lineup.

“The key for the whole team has been buying into the team concept. They compete, but they also have to have each other’s back. We need them all to be ready, especially late in the season.”

It all gets underway for the Lady Bisons, 3-2, Friday morning at 11:45 a.m. when they face an old familiar foe in the Mercer Bears, 3-3, who moved from the ASUN to the Southern Conference. The two teams will also meet Sunday at 12:15.

Friday afternoon the Lady Bisons will face South Alabama, 1-3, at 4:15.

“Mercer can hit,” Ryman said. “They have a scrappy team in a complimentary type of way. They have power hitters, but they have speed kids as well. They find ways to put pressure on you. They bring it at you every single inning.”

 

QUICK PITCHES:

  • Lipscomb and Mercer have not faced each other since the 2014 season. Lipscomb leads the all-time series 17-8.
  • This will be the first time the Lady Bisons have faced either North Dakota or Tulsa.
  • Lipscomb’s Abby Davis is 4-for-4 in stolen bases.
  • Peyton Ward leads the team with three multi-hit games.
  • Five Lady Bisons have one multiple-RBI game – Katie Turner, Abby Davis, Khayla Green, Jenna Pealor and Destinee Brewer.
  • Brewer leads the team with a three-game hitting streak.
  • Katie Turner and Fortel are tied for the team lead in doubles with three each. Ward has two.
  • Tulsa started the season receiving votes in USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.

 

NEXT:

Saturday the Lady Bisons get an early wakeup call for a 9 a.m. game with Tulsa, 2-3. At 1:30 they will play North Dakota, 1-4.