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Lady Bisons head to Stetson for another A-Sun challenge

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

March 20, 2007

The Lady Bisons are spending spring break in Florida, but there isn't a lot of time for relaxation.

Wednesday afternoon the Lady Bisons, fresh from a doubleheader sweep of Atlantic Sun foe Belmont Saturday, take on Stetson, the preseason favorite to win both the conference regular season and the tournament title. The opening pitch for the first game at Patricia Wilson Softball Field in Deland, Fla., will be 5 p.m.

The Lady Bisons, 11-13 overall, are 2-0 in the Atlantic Sun. This will be the first conference doubleheader of the season for Stetson. The games will pit the best hitting team in the conference against the best pitching staff.

Stetson pitcher Erica Demers, a sophomore, was picked as the preseason Pitcher of the Year. Also earning a spot on the preseason All-Conference team was designated player Carolina Rojas, also a sophomore.

The Lady Bisons lead the conference in hitting with a .331 average. Stetson is fourth with a .280 average.

Stetson leads the conference in pitching with a 1.61 earned run average. The Lady Bisons are seventh with a 4.07 ERA. Three Stetson pitchers are in the top 10 in the conference. Amanda Lindsey leads the A-Sun with a 6-1 record and 1.15 ERA. Demers is second with a 6-2 record and a 1.20 ERA. Heather Colding is sixth with a 6-4 worksheet and a 2.06 ERA.

Lady Bisons pitcher Christen Campbell is fifth in the A-Sun in strikeouts with 72.

Lipscomb first baseman Heather Collins is seventh in the league in hitting with a .400 average. Freshman center fielder Lauren Dortwegt is eighth with a .398 average.

Collins is third in the A-Sun in runs batted in with 35. Freshman third baseman-designated hitter Kellie Sirus is fifth with 26. Kellis Sirus is tied for second in the conference in home runs with eight.

Stetson's Sherrel Fountain is fourth in the conference in stolen bases (14-of-16).

Stetson, 18- 7, plays Princeton Tuesday afternoon in a final tune-up before starting conference play.

After taking the day off Thursday the Lady Bisons will remain in Deland to play in a tournament hosted by Stetson Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The other teams in the field are Cornell, Princeton and Kent State.