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Wednesday, March 18, 2009The Lady Bisons swept Bradley in doubleheader by scores of 6-0 and 3-1 Wednesday afternoon at Draper Diamond.
Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck was happy to see her Lady Bisons make such a strong comeback after losing Tuesday night 5-1 to Auburn.
“It was a really good day,” said Peck. “It was good to see us come back. After the Auburn game we were a little frustrated, not that we lost but the fact that we gave a lot of runs away and didn’t do some of the little things.
“Bradley is a good team. It is good to see us come out and really fight hard and get two wins.”
In game one freshman right-hander Whitney Kiihnl gave up two hits on the way to her third shutout of the season. It was the ninth shutout of the season for the Lady Bisons.
Kiihnl, 8-2, struck out seven and walked two. She did not give up a hit until the fourth inning when Alycia Bachkora hit a double.
Christen Campbell, playing third base; hit her first home run of the season. She had three runs batted in with one on a single and two on the home run, a shot over the left field fence.
Lauren Dortwegt also had a multi-hit game with two and a multi-RBI game with two.
Abby Keese and Caroline Mason each hit a double in the first game.
In game two Campbell added to a day of firsts as she threw her first complete game of the season. It was her fifth appearance and second start. She is 3-0 and leads Atlantic Sun in earned run average.
Campbell scattered five hits, walked one and struck out two.
“Christen hadn’t thrown in awhile,” said Peck. “To see her come out and pitch a complete game was great. We played a solid game behind her.”
Campbell also hit her first triple of the season in game two.
“Right now having Christen in the middle of our line-up is huge,” said Peck. “She has had great at bats. She finds a way to get the bat on the ball.”
Megan Rottler had three hits on the day, including two in game two. Vanessa Medina also had two hits in game two.
“Megan has the potential to get those big hits,” said Peck. “She has the power. We had timely hits from Megan which really helped.”
Kellie Sirus and Rottler each had a double in game two.
“We were able to get two wins against their two best pitchers says a lot about or offense and what we are capable of doing,” said Peck.
Dortwegt finished with a team-high five hits in both games, but she was equally as outstanding in the outfield making at two spectacular catches in center field.
“We really had some big defensive plays from several people,” said Peck. “Lauren was huge in center field. She saved a run at one point. She made some big-time catches.
“That’s the kind of stuff that we are capable of every day from our entire defense. It’s a matter of being ready to go and being focused.”
Bradley fell to 10-12 with the losses. These were the first games between the two schools in softball.
The Lady Bisons, 17-6, are off for a few days. They return to action March 24 when they travel to Western Carolina for a non-conference doubleheader.
‘We are at the point where we need a little break,” said Peck. “It will be good for everyone to get away for a little bit. We will come back on Sunday and start getting ready for Western Carolina.”