March 7, 2006
There's no better way to celebrate a new field than winning the first game played on it. Unless, of course, you win two.
That's exactly how the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team celebrated its first two games on its new campus softball field called Draper Diamond. Monday afternoon under a bright blue sky the Lady Bisons posted a doubleheader shutout sweep of Alabama A&M by scores of 5-0 and 10-0.
"We needed two games like this," said Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck, whose team is 6-10. "The girls came out and didn't take a whole lot for granted. It's nice to say that we not only walked away with a sweep, but two shutouts."
"It gives everybody goose bumps a little bit to know that we are back at home with a brand new facility that is just awesome. We are all so happy. We are going to continue to add and tweak things but it is a great facility. We are proud to have it. Being at home is just a different atmosphere."
In the first game the Lady Bisons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of game one on a lead-off double to left field by Leigh Little and a two-run home run to center by Julie Davidson.
"We came out and jumped on them early," said Peck. "We are one of those teams that definitely plays with more confidence when we score early. It was good to see that, especially in the first game at home. The weather was nice. It was a good feeling when we got going."
The Lady Bisons added three more runs in the fourth inning as Little doubled to right center to score Sara Meek and Davidson added two more RBI with a single up the middle that scored Niki Bails and Little.
"Julie had a big day for us," said Peck. "Her home run that first inning of the first game was big in the No. 3 batting spot. She feeds off the confidence on big hits like that.
Sara Meek picked up the win in game one. She gave up two hits in seven innings, struck out 11 and walked two.
In the nightcap the Lady Bisons again jumped out to a quick lead, this time scoring seven runs in the first inning. They added one more in the third and two in fourth. The game ended after five innings.
Little and Bails each had a pair of hits. Bails and Katie Richards each had one double.
"We rely a lot on Leigh to get the offense going," said Peck. "She does a great job. She is a solid bat from the right side. A lot of people see her and think she would be a little lefty slapper because she is so quick. She can slap from the left side, but we like keeping her on the right side.
"She can make a lot of things happen with her speed. She has great pop on the ball. She also has power, We love having her in the lead-off spot."
Heather Collins had the big hit for Lady Bisons with a three-run home run to center field in the first inning.
Kim Jacobsen scattered four hits for the win. She struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
The Lady Bisons are back at home Wednesday at 1p.m. to face Jacksonville State.
"We have played Jacksonville State once this year and they popped us pretty good," said Peck. "We learned a lot from those early experiences. We are a little bit of a different team now.
"They are going to be very tough. They are a great hitting team. They have solid, hard-throwing pitchers. We will definitely have to turn it up a few more notches."