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Softball opens 2018 season at Sand Dollar Classic
Thursday, February 8, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Softball opens 2018 season at Sand Dollar Classic

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Lipscomb softball team officially opens the 2018 season this weekend with a challenging five-game slate in the Sand Dollar Classic at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.

The Bisons are set to play Georgia Tech at 10 a.m. and No. 14 Ole Miss at 1 p.m. on Friday, before taking on Florida A&M and Lamar at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday. They will close out the season-opening weekend at 11 a.m. on Sunday against Penn State.

Lipscomb enters its 13th season under head coach Kristin Ryman, who holds a 391-268-1 record. The Purple and Gold return all but one starter from a young squad that finished last season 36-20 overall and 8-10 in conference play.

In the preseason the Bisons were picked fourth in the coaches poll, behind FGCU, who ended their season with two losses in the ASUN Championship in Nashville.

Lipscomb returns starters in key areas, including ASUN Preseason Pitcher of the Year Mandy Jordan. The junior posted a 23-11 ledger in 2017 with a microscopic 1.46 ERA. She ranked 14th in the nation across Division I with 261 strikeouts, while also leading the conference in strikeouts per game (7.94), complete games (29) and innings pitched (230.0).

First baseman Caitlin Plocheck returns to lead the offense in her final season in the Music City. She started all 56 games a season ago to post a .333 batting average with nine home runs and 32 RBI. She earned All-ASUN First Team honors, as well as a spot on the NFCA Southeast Region Third Team after making just one error in the field to record a .997 fielding percentage.

Behind the plate, senior Abby Fenichel returns after putting together an impressive campaign with three home runs, 27 RBI and a .387 on-base percentage, which topped the team. She led the ASUN in putouts (413) and ranked ninth in sacrifice hits (11).

At this time live stats will be available for the games against Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Penn State. The others are yet to be determined. No games will have a live stream.



GEORGIA TECH: After a 19-34 record and an 8-16 mark in conference play in 2017, Georgia Tech returns two pitchers in senior Emily Anderson and sophomore Brooke Barfield.  Anderson has lead the Jackets in ERA and win-loss percentage since 2016 and led the team in strikeouts last season with 111. Seniors Kelsey Chisholm and Malea Bell will likely lead the Jackets on offense with Chisholm pacing the 2017 team in RBI, home runs and stolen bases.

OLE MISS: The Rebels enter the 2018 season ranked 14th in the nation by USA Today and NFCA Coaches Poll. They return 13 letterwinners from a squad that put together its best season in program history, winning the SEC Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time ever.
Ole Miss’ 43 wins were a school record, as were the Rebels' marks in runs (318), hits (495), triples (16), RBIs (274), total bases (677), walks (187) and shutouts (17).

Outfielders Elantra Cox and Kylan Becker were both named Preseason All-SEC, marking the first time in program-history that the Rebels landed multiple players on the list. 

FLORIDA A&M: Florida A&M garnered a 23-32-1 record a season ago, going 14-2 in the MEAC and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year. The Rattlers, entering their 27th season with head coach Veronica Wiggins at the helm, return their top-three hitters among players that started at least 25 games in 2017. Outfielder Alexis Day registered a .325 batting average with seven doubles, five triples and four home runs. Infielder Toni Anderson returns for her final season in Tallahassee after leading FAMU with 12 home runs last season, posting a .298 average along the way. The Rattlers will lean on senior pitcher Veronica Burse in the circle. Burse posted a 6.42 ERA in 34 appearances, striking out 57 batters to 52 walks.

LAMAR: The Lamar Cardinals are coming off of a 34-31 season under fourth year coach Holly Bruder. With the top-three hitters for the Cardinals gone from last year's team, Lamar will depend heavily on junior second baseman Kelly Meeuwsen, who finished last season with a .306 batting average and 30 RBIs. Senior Laura Napoli is the primary returning pitcher for Lamar after starting 24 contests. Napoli pitched 121.2 innings, posting a 4.88 ERA with 76 strikeouts and 43 free passes.

PENN STATE: Penn State, entering the fifth season of the Amanda Lehotak era, garnered a 23-33 record last season, including an 8-15 mark in Big Ten play. Utility player Tori Dubois returns after batting .346 in 2017. Dubois also tied for the team lead with six home runs, scoring 31 runs on the year. Jessica Cummings is the leading returning pitcher in innings pitched. The senior threw 45.2 frames in 2017, posting a 4.60 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 23 walks.