April 2, 2006
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. _ Sara Meek struck out 10 batters Saturday afternoon as the Lady Bisons beat Gardner-Webb 1-0 before splitting the Atlantic Sun doubleheader with a 9-2 loss.
This was the third straight A-Sun doubleheader on the road for the Lady Bisons. They left North Carolina with back-to-back splits, having gone 1-1 at Campbell. The Lady Bisons are 11-21, 2-4 in the A-Sun.
Gardner-Webb is 7-21, 2-4 in the conference.
Meek, who improved to 7-11 with the win, allowed only four hits in the complete game shutout. She walked one batter and only allowed two Gardner-Webb runners to get in scoring position.
"We depended on Danielle Catalano as the pitcher last year, and Sara has taken over that role this year," said Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck. "But we have a young group of pitchers behind her."
The Lady Bisons scored their only run in the second inning. With one out Ashley Villalpando singled to second bases. Alysha Forysthe grounded out to second base, allowing Villalpando to advance to second. Kim Richards doubled to left center to score Villalpando.
The Lady Bisons pounded six hits with Meek leading the way with a pair of singles in three trips to the plate.
Game two was not as smooth for the Lady Bisons.
Gardner-Webb jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
The Lady Bisons pulled within one run with a two-run third inning. Falon Catalano entered the game and led off the inning with a single to left field. Leigh Little sacrificed Catalano to second base. Niki Bails then flied out to left field. Julia Davidson stepped up and slammed a two-run home run to center field.
"It is definitely a plus for us to have players like Julia get the big hits," said Peck. "Heather Collins and Jessica Wilson have also shown some power. You love to see that but consistency is something you would rather have. They have all three had some things to work through hitting-wise. They all three are feeling more comfortable at the plate."
Gardner-Webb came back to score two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Kim Jacobson started on the mound for the Lady Bisons. She pitched one inning, giving up five hits and three earned runs. She did not walk a batter and struck out one.
Allison Tyree pitched the final five innings. She allowed 10 hits and six runs, five earned. She walked one and struck out three.
The Lady Bisons finished with seven hits. Catalano had two hits, including a seventh-inning triple down the field line.
Davidson also had two hits for the Lady Bisons.
"We are getting to the point where we are starting to believe in ourselves more," said Peck. "We are playing with a lot more confidence. We are playing together better on the field. We are starting to get more timely hits.
"This is still a young team. We play a lot older than they are sometimes, but at other times they play a little young."
The Lady Bisons continue on the road this weekend as they head to Jacksonville, Fla. They will face North Florida on Friday at 2 p.m. and then play Jacksonville Sunday at 11 a.m.