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Sunday, February 18, 2007
Feb. 18, 2007
The Lady Bisons softball team ended their season-opening winning streak at three games.
Despite a grand slam home run from Kellie Sirus the Lady Bisons fell behind early against Elon and lost 7-6 Saturday afternoon in Conway, S.C.
Christy Grisham started the game for the Lady Bisons, but gave up four hits and four runs in 1 2/3 innings. She also struck out one and walked one.
Kim Jacobson came on in relief, giving up three runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings. She also struck out two but walked three. Christen Campbell, who had pitched a 4-0 shutout against Coastal Carolina earlier in the day, closed out the game throwing two shutout innings, giving her nine for the day. She gave up two hits, but struck out three and did not walk a batter.
"We had some pitching issues early," coach Kristin Peck said. "When Elon got up 4-0 we decided it was time to make a change. Jacobson came in, but nothing was working for her. We talked after the game about not getting in a situation again where two of our three pitchers don't show up.
"Campbell pitched a great game against a very good Coastal Carolina team in the first game," Peck said. "Both Coastal and Elon are very aggressive hitting teams. She kept them off balance and threw with a lot of confidence."
Elon scored one run in the first and three in the second.
The Lady Bisons scored a run in the fourth inning when Kellie Sirus doubled to right field. Samantha Little, pinch-running for Heather Collins who singled to right field, scored on an error by the shortstop.
Elon came back with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-1 lead.
In the fifth the Lady Bisons scored five runs. Campbell started it off with a double to right center. Leigh Little doubled to center field moving Campbell to third. Campbell scored when Lauren Dortwegt singled to third.
With two outs and the bases loaded Kellie Sirus came to the plate and hit her first collegiate grand slam.
"Kellie is gaining more and more confidence," Peck said. "She has found her rhythm early. She has been our most consistent hitter.
"We knew our players in the middle of the line-up had some power potential, but it is happening more than I thought it would this early."
The Lady Bisons had 10 hits for the game with Dorwegt, Collins, Campbell and Kellie Sirus each getting two hits.
"We came back with our hitting and made it a game," Peck said. "And we had some opportunities we didn't take advantage of."
The Lady Bisons play both Elon and Coastal Carolina again in single games Sunday afternoon.