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Lady Bisons hot bats cool against Georgia Southern

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Feb. 25, 2007

Final Stats

The Lady Bisons ended the first day of the Georgia Southern Classic with split of their two games.

After starting the day with a 10-1 win over Savannah State, the Lady Bisons lost 5-4 in eight innings to host Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga.

"We have very talented players," Peck said. "We don't want to get into a situation where someone is going to lose confidence. They know when they walk out on the field they can compete with anybody."

Freshman pitcher Christen Campbell went the distance for the Lady Bisons. She picked up her first loss after winning her first four collegiate decisions.

Campbell gave up eight hits and five runs, only four earned, in 7 2/3 innings. She struck out six and walked one.

"Christen knows what her strengths are," Peck said. "She is a gamer. She wants the ball every time she steps on the field. She is an athlete. She understands what she has to do on the mound to win. She is going to do very well at this level."

Georgia Southern scored in the first inning on a balk by Campbell. They added another run in the third. Lady Bisons left fielder Julia Davidson made the defensive play of the day, reaching over the fence to steal a home run from Georgia Southern's Robyne Siliga.

The Lady Bisons scored for the first time in the fourth inning on a single up the middle that scored Abigail Craig, a pinch-runner for third baseman Kellie Sirus who had reached base on a single to right center and advanced on a single up the middle by Abby Keese.

In the fifth the Lady Bisons took a 4-2 lead, scoring three runs. Center fielder Lauren Dortwegt opened with a single to the shortstop. She then stole second. Right fielder Leigh Little singled to left field, moving to third on a scoring error that allowed Dortwegt to score.

With two outs Leigh Little stole third. Kellie Sirus then hit a home run to left, her fifth of the year.

Georgia Southern came back to tied the game in the sixth with two runs. Georgia Southern then won the game in the eighth on a sacrifice fly to right field by Maria Laurato.

The Lady Bisons managed on six hits, a season low. Kellie Sirus was the only player on either team with more than one hit.

"We are talented enough where everyone is going to contribute this year," Peck said. "We are mixing line-ups up this weekend to see what our best combinations are."

The Lady Bisons are 7-3. Georgia Southern is 5-7.

The two teams play Sunday at 10 a.m.