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Lady Bisons win two games in first day of Panther Invitational
Whitney Kiihnl
Whitney Kiihnl

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Lady Bisons softball team used power in their first game and finesse in the second one, but both approaches produced wins.

Saturday at the Panther Invitational hosted by Georgia State at Heck Field in Atlanta, the Lady Bisons used three home runs to beat Eastern Kentucky 6-2 in a morning game. In the afternoon they shut out Georgetown 3-0 using only five singles to score their runs.

In game one third baseman Kellie Sirus led off with a single and shortstop Abby Keese blasted the first home run of the season for the Lady Bisons to left field for a 2-0 lead over Eastern Kentucky.

The Lady Bisons added two more runs in the third. Second baseman Megan Rottler led off with a single to left. Center fielder Lauren Dortwegt grounded out to move Rottler to second. Right fielder Courtney Billington singled to center and Rottler moved to third. Sirus grounded out to advance Billington to second. Keese picked up two more RBI with a single to score Rottler and Billington.

In the fourth catcher Mollie Mitchell slammed her first collegiate home run to left field.

Sirus added a solo home run to center.

Eastern Kentucky scored one run in the fourth inning and added another in the sixth.

Alaina Jacobson started for the Lady Bisons and pitched two innings. She walked one and struck out one and picked up the win.

Christen Campbell relieved and threw the final five innings. She scattered eight hits and gave up two runs, both earned. She also struck out two and walked two.

Keese’s four RBI are a team season high.

Eastern Kentucky slipped to 1-4 with the loss.

In the win over Georgetown freshman pitcher Whitney Kiihnl allowed only two hits and struck out a season-high eight batters in six innings. She did not give up a walk.

Christy Grisham pitched the final inning, walking one and striking out one.

In the second inning the Lady Bisons scored their first run, using a series of singles. With two outs Campbell singled and Mitchell singled. Left fielder Abby Wilson singled to bring Campbell home.

In the sixth the Lady Bisons added two more runs. Dortwegt led off with a single. Billington was safe on an error by Georgetown’s first baseman. Sirus popped up to the second baseman. Keese then singled to left field to score Dortwegt and pick up her fifth RBI of the day.

Caroline Mason flied out to center field, but Billington scored on the play.

Georgetown is 0-6 for the season.

The Lady Bisons, 5-2, play host Georgia State Sunday morning at 11:15. Bracket play will continue in the tournament later in the day.