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Campbell's walk off grand slam sparks 13-9 win over MTSU

Friday, April 27, 2007

April 27, 2007

Game One Box

Game Two Box

Lipscomb `s Lady Bisons usually depend on freshman Chtisten Campbell's pitching arm, but Thursday in the nightcap of a doubleheader with Middle Tennessee State University she slammed a gtand slam to left field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 13-9 win at Draper Diamond.

Campbell came on in relief after two outs in the second inning to hang on for the win.

"I could talk about her all day," Lady Bisons coach Kristin Peck said. "She is very competitive on the mound. She doesn't like it any more than we like it when she makes a mistake.

"She is going to go as hard and as long as she can. You never question how hard she is working. It's great to have a player like that to put on the field."

There were six lead changes in game two.

Middle Tennessee scored one run in the top of the first to take the early lead. In the bottom of the first the Lady Bisons responded with four runs.

Lauren Dortwegt led off with a single. With one out Heather Collins singled. Abigail Craig then pinch-ran for Collins. Kellie Sirus made it to first base as Middle's shortstop was credited with an error. Dortwegt scored on the play. Abby Keese singled to right field to send Craig home with the second run. Campbell earned her first of five RBI in the game when she doubled. to bring home Keese.

Middle Tennessee answered with four runs in the second to take a 5-4 advantage. They added another run in the top of the third for a 6-4 edge.

The Lady Bisons tied the game in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs. Keese lad off with a solo home run to center, her 14th of the year. Campbell reached base on an error by the center fielder and went to second on the throw. Jennifer Allsup grounded out moving Campbell to third. Campbell scored on a single to left by Dortwegt.

In the fourth the Lady Bisons took a 7-6 lead when Heather Collins upened the inning with a home run to left. That was her second of the day and 14th of the season. She and Keese are tied for the home run lead in the A-Sun.

Collins also has 55 RBI, tops in the conference.

"Heather is one of those players who has to be consistent," Peck said. "Last year everyone knew she had the power potential, but she never really did it on a consistent basis."

Middle Tennessee took the lead again in the sixth with a pair of runs. Again, the Lady Bisons answered, this time with one run when Collins was walked and then scored when Middle's third baseman misplayed a ball hit by Keese.

In the seventh Middle Tennessee added another run for a 9-8 lead setting the stage for Campbell's blast with two outs. Kellie Sirus singled to score Niki Bails who reached base on a fielder's choice. Campbell's grand slam sealed the win.

"It's a great feeling to know we are never really out of a game," Peck said.

The Lady Bisons pounded 14 hits. Dortwegt and Keese each had four hits. Campbell finished with three.

"It always nice to get the big hits, especially the timely big hits," Peck said. "We have felt all year that we are strong one through nine in the batting order. We even have a couple of players coming off the bench who we know can make contact. It makes defenses uncomfortable." Freshman Christy Grisham started game two for the Lady Bisons, but left after 1 2/3 innings. She gave up three hits and five runs, four earned. She also walked four batters.

Campbell scattered 10 hits and gave up four runs, all earned. She struck out two and walked two

The Lady Bisons lost the first game 8-5. Campbell pitched a complete seven inning game, scattering 10 hits in the loss. She walked two batters and struck out seven.

In game one the Lady Bisons jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Collins hit her first home run of the night to left field, driving in Dortwegt who reached base on an infield single to the shortstop.

Middle Tennessee answered with one run in the second and two in the third. They added four more in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth the Lady Bisons scored a run when Kellie Sirus singled to the shortstop to bring home Dortwegt who led off the inning with a single to center field.

In the sixth the Lady Bisons chipped away at the lead with one more run. Julia Davidson scored when Kristie Sirus reached base on an error by the third baseman.

Middle Tennessee added an insurance run in he top of the seventh.

Senior Julia Davidson and junior Niki Bails, who has decided not to return next season due to the demands of her clinical nursing schedule, were honored on Senior Day.

.The Lady Bisons are 25-25-1. MTSU is 25-25.

This was the last game of the season at Draper Diamond. The Lady Bisons close out the regular season on the road in Huntsville Thursday at 6 in a single game.

The Lady Bisons have qualified to play in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament beginning May 10 at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.

"What we had in game one was not what we wanted to carry into the tournament," Peck said. "We talked about that between games. We said we had to find a way to get ourselves going."