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Softball sweeps Jacksonville 3-2 and 5-2

Saturday, March 31, 2007

March 31, 2007

Box Score - Game 1

Box Score - Game 2

After starting the month of March by losing eight straight games, the Lady Bisons have been finding ways to win. In some games it was the long ball, in some games is was playing the short game, and in some games is was dominate pitching.

Saturday the Lady Bisons defeated Jacksonville 3-2 in the first game and 5-2 in the second game by components of all three.

Since sweeping Belmont on March 14, Lipscomb finished the month of March by winning 11 of their final 14 games.

In the first game of Saturday's double header, the Lady Bisons needed three extra innings to break a 2-2 tie.

In the bottom of the tenth, under conference tiebreaker rules, Lauren Dortwegt was placed on second start the inning. Leigh Little was then intentionally walked. Heather Collins attempted a sacrifice bunt, but Jacksonville pitcher Katie Buell threw the ball over the first baseman's head allowing Dortwegt to round third and score the winning run for Lipscomb.

Earlier in the game, the Lady Bisons scored a single run in the second inning. Jacksonville was back on top in the top of the third after scoring two runs, only one of which was earned.

Lipscomb fought back and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Lauren Dortwegt singled to start the inning. Leigh Little moved her to second base with a sacrifice bunt. A batter later, Kellie Sirus double Dortwegt home.

Christen Campbell pitched a 10-inning complete game for the Lady Bisons giving up only one earned run and five hits while not walking a batter. She improved to 12-6 on the season.

The Bisons struck early in game two placing two runs on the board in the first inning. Leigh Little singled and was driven home on a triple by Kellie Sirus. An error by the third baseman on Abby Keese's batted ball allowed Kellie Sirus to score.

Kim Jacobson, who lost Friday night's game to North Florida, dominated Saturday's nightcap for the Lady Bisons. In the 5-2 win, she pitched a six-hit complete game while only walking one batter.

Her only miscue of the night came in the top of the fifth. After a single by Patricia Melo, Jillian Mirante hit an inside-the-park homerun down the leftfield line that bounced around in leftfield corner.

The Lady Bisons, who enlarged their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, were not discouraged when their lead was cut to two.

In the bottom of the fifth, Leigh Little led off the inning with a triple to right field. Heather Collins knocked her home with a double to center field.

Lipscomb struck again in the sixth when Kristie Sirus singled Niki Bails home.

Kim Jacobson improved to 6-8 on the year. Shannon Jensen (4-11) was credited with the loss for Jacksonville after giving up four runs in four innings of work.

After the sweep, Lipscomb is 19-16 overall and 6-2 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville is 11-30 overall and 2-4 in the A-Sun.