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Lady Bisons finish Saturday 2-1 in Low Country Invitational
Courtney Billington
Courtney Billington

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Lady Bisons had a busy Saturday at the Low Country Invitational hosted by Charleston Southern in Charleston, S.C.

They played three games in the second and final day of the tournament, including the tournament championship game. Pitcher Whitney Kiihnl, catcher Mollie Mitchell and center fielder Lauren Dortwegt were all named to the All-Tournament team.

They started before 8 a.m. Central time with a wake-up call at Buccaneer Field. The Lady Bisons prevailed 6-2 in eight innings. All eight runs were scored in the eighth.

Dortwegt and third baseman Kellie Sirus each had two hits in the game.

Shortstop Abby Keese drove in three runs with a home run, her fifth of the season. It was her sixth multiple RBI game of the season. Catcher-first baseman Vanessa Medina had a double in the game.

Second baseman Courtney Billington extended her hitting streak to seven games. Dortwegt’s hitting streak stands at five games.

The Lady Bisons finished with 10 hits.

Christen Campbell pitched all eight innings. She gave up eight hits and two unearned runs. She struck out six and did not walk a batter.

In the middle of the day the Lady Bisons recorded their fifth shutout in the last six games, stopping North Carolina-Wilmington 5-0.

Keese, left fielder Mackenzie Tucker and Mitchell each had a double.

The Lady Bisons had 11 hits with Dortwegt, Billington, right fielder Caroline Mason, Mitchell and Tucker each getting two hits.

Billington and Tucker also had two RBI apiece.

Kiihnl, 6-1, threw her third shutout in a row and her fifth complete game. She scattered three hits, walked two and struck out seven.

The Lady Bisons advanced to bracket play in the afternoon. They played Charleston Southern, the tournament host, losing 4-3. The Lady Bisons had beaten Charleston Southern 3-0 in the tournament opener.

Both teams scored a run in the first period. Lipscomb pulled ahead 2-1 in the fifth, but gave up two runs to Charleston Southern in the sixth for a 3-2 edge.

Charleston Southern added a run in the seventh for a 4-2 lead. The Lady Bisons responded with one run in the seventh, but fell short for the win.

Billington leads the Lady Bisons with a nine-game winning streak, which also ties for the best this season. Dortwegt has a seven-game hitting streak. Keese, who earlier had a nine-game streak end has a six-game streak.

Dortwegt and Sirus each had a double in the game. Sirus led the Lady Bisons with three hits and two runs batted in.

Alaina Jacobson pitched 4.1 innings and gave up three hits and one earned run. She struck out two and walked two. Kiihnl pitched 2.2 innings, giving up six hits and three runs, all earned. She struck out five and walked one.

The Lady Bisons, 13-4, open a long homestand this week at Draper Diamond. Tennessee Tech visits Tuesday at 2 for a doubleheader. Virginia Tech is in town Wednesday at 2 for a doubleheader.