March 18, 2006
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. _ The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team split a doubleheader with Western Kentucky University Saturday afternoon, winning the opener 5-1 and dropping the nightcap 3-0.
"We played pretty well all day," said Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck. "We hit the ball really well in the first game against a good pitcher. That was definitely good to see."
In game one the Lady Bisons scored three runs in the third inning. With one out Niki Bails reached base on an error by the shortstop. Julia Davidson rapped a single up the middle. Heather Collins slammed a three-run homer to left center.
In the fifth inning, Bails again reached bases on an error with one out. This time the miscue was by the second baseman. Davidson then hit a two-run home run to left center.
Western Kentucky prevented the shutout with a run in the sixth inning.
Davidson, Collins and Sara Meek each had two hits in the Lady Bisons eight-hit attack.
"Heather and Julia obviously had the big hits, but we had quite a few other hits to get people on base," said Peck. "And we executed well when we did get runners on base.
"We've shown some power. When we do get runners on we get a big hit or we don't get anything. That is frustrating, but we will definitely take the big hits when we can get them."
Meek picked up her fifth win of the season, allowing only three hits. She walked one batter and struck out seven.
"Sara pitched a great game," said Peck. "She gave up the one run late on a couple of hits.
"It was good to win the first game of the doubleheader against a team like Western Kentucky. They have had some big wins this season."
In game two Western Kentucky scored one run in the third inning and two in the fourth.
"We came out and played well in the second game, but we had a crucial error and we didn't hit the ball quite as well," said Peck. "Their pitcher was throwing a little differently than the pitcher in the first game. We started adjusting late and tried to get something going, but it was too late."
Kim Jacobson was on the mound for the Lady Bisons. She gave up only four hits. Only two of the three runs were earned. She did not walk a batter and struck out five.
The Lady Bisons return home to Draper Diamond Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader with Tennessee Tech, a team they dropped a pair of games to on the road Feb. 28.
"We are just looking to improve with every game," said Peck. "They are a close team, but our players are starting to learn to play better with each other on the field.
"Tennessee Tech has a good, solid team with good pitching. We didn't hit the ball well at all against them. It will be interesting to see how we come out against them now that we are playing a little bit better and now that we have a little more momentum."