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Saturday, February 18, 2006
Feb. 18, 2006
The Lady Bisons won their first game in the War Eagle Classic Saturday morning beating Middle Tennessee State University 9-3 at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.
It was their first victory in three games in the War Eagle Classic.
"We're playing a little young right now," said Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck. "Our numbers are a little low. We are learning a lot about ourselves. If we can fight through these things early in the season it is going make us more mentally tough for conference play. If that happens, it will all be worth it."
In the first inning the Lady Bisons wasted little time getting on the scoreboard with three runs. With two outs Heather Collins singled to left field to score Niki Bails who had walked. Collins went to second on a wild pitch. Jessica Wilson hit her first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field.
"Jessica's home run was big for us," said Peck. "We move her to No. 5 in the order and she responded. She really hit the ball well."
The Lady Bisons struck again in the fifth inning after two outs. Bails reached base on an infield single to shortstop. Julia Davidson was safe on an error by the second baseman. Collins singled to right center sending Bails and Davidson across the plate. Jessica Wilson singled to left. Alysha Forsythe doubled to left field scoring Collins. Sara Meek doubled to left center to push Wilson and Forsythe home.
Collins picked up another RBI in the sixth when she singled to center field to score Bails. Collins finished the game with three hits and four RBI in four trips to the plate. She also scored twice. Wilson and Forsythe also had multiple-hit performances with two each.
Middle Tennessee scored all three of its runs in the third inning. A 1 ½-hour rain delay may have been the difference for the Lady Bisons.
"When they decided to put the tarp on the field MTSU had scored three runs and had a runner on second base. There was a full count on the batter at the plate. We had made a couple of errors and let them tie the game so we were a little down. We went inside and go warm and came out with more of a focus. We were much more relaxed."
Meek, 2-3, picked up the win for the Lady Bisons scattering seven hits and giving up only one earned run. She struck out seven and walked five.
"It has been frustrating for Sara because she has pitched well enough to win every game," said Peck. "We just had not been scoring any runs for her. When we came back from the rain delay we really hit the ball well."
The Lady Bisons are 2-5. Middle Tennessee is 0-4.