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Friday, April 10, 2009The Lady Bisons softball team hits the road this weekend for a pair of crucial Atlantic Sun doubleheaders.
Friday afternoon they make a stop in Johnson City to face ETSU (21-16, 3-7). Due to possible weather problems the doubleheader will start at 1 p.m. CDT and the second game will start at approximately 3 p.m.
Saturday afternoon at 3 they face USC-Upstate (22-10, 5-5), which shared the Atlantic Sun regular season championship with the Lady Bisons (25-8, 4-2) last season. The doubleheader has been designated as the series of week by the Atlantic Sun Conference.
These are the first A-Sun road doubleheaders for the Lady Bisons this season.
“Upstate is having another good year,” said Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck. “They have an outstanding pitcher in Morgan Childers. They return a lot of players from last year.
“I like where we are right now. We just have to stay aggressive at the plate. We have to keep pitching well and then give ourselves our chance to score runs and win.”
The Lady Bisons swept UT-Chattanooga Wednesday in a doubleheader by scored of 5-3 and 3-1. They have split their last two A-Sun doubleheaders against Jacksonville and Campbell. They also swept North Florida in doubleheader.
“This is a big weekend for us,” said Peck. “We didn’t do everything perfectly against Chattanooga, but there are a lot of positives we can take into the weekend.
“ETSU and Upstate are both scrappy kind of teams. They can both hit and they can both pitch. They are going to keep the pressure on if they put everything together. We have to do the same thing on our end.”
The Lady Bisons do not have senior on the team this season, but that has not posed a problem so far this season. In NCAA Division I the Lady Bisons are ranked 18th in fielding percentage, 19th in earned run average, 22nd in won-loss percentage and 28th in batting average.
Kellie Sirus is 22nd in batting average and 26th in doubles per game. Freshman pitcher Whitney Kiihnl entered the week ranked 21st in ERA. Peck has stressed to her players that winning is all about doing things right, especially the little things.
“It is going to be a challenge,” said Peck. “It is going to be a battle back-and-forth in both doubleheaders. The team that doesn’t make mistakes is going to win.”