Kiihnl ran her record to 9-0. She has thrown four shutouts this season.
“It’s amazing that we are sitting her saying that she threw a no-hitter, but that it wasn’t her best,” Ryman said. “She expects a lot out of herself.
“She goes after people and puts people on their heels right off of the bat. She has the ability to do that every time out. She is a special pitcher.”
It was the first game for the Lady Bisons on their home field at Draper Diamond. The Friday afternoon game was also the first in the inaugural Lady Bisons Classic which continues through Sunday. Eastern Kentucky and Evansville round out the tournament field.
“There were some things that didn’t necessarily go how we had planned them, but I thought we just kept fighting,” Ryman said. “We got some clutch hits at crucial times in the games.
“It was a good start to the tournament. It was good to get the first home game out of the way. It was a great crowd and that means a lot to us.”
The Lady Bisons pounded out 11 hits with Lauren Dortwegt, Courtney Billington, Mollie Mitchell and Mackenzie Tucker each getting two.
Tucker’s bunt single to the catcher in the second inning drove home Mitchell with the first run of the game.
“Mac’s hit early in the game was a huge boost to get us on the boards,” Ryman said. “We had not had a lot of great at bats early in the game. To jump in and score with two outs in the second was good.”
Billington, Mitchell and Christen Campbell each had a double. Kellie Sirus hit her fifth home run of the game, a two-RBI line drive over the right field fence in the sixth inning.
“I felt like we got into a better groove at the plate later in the game,” Ryman said. “We were seeing the ball a little bit better. We were attacking the ball better.
“We have to understand that we can’t let other people take the bat out of our hands. We have to go up to the plate and attack. The whole weekend we want to come out and play our game. We want to attack the ball at the plate. Defensively we want to do our thing and take care of business.”
The Lady Bisons have won 11 games in a row and are 13-1 for the season. This was their ninth shutout of the season. Murray State fell to 1-7.
The Lady Bisons will play Eastern Kentucky, 0-9, at 2:30 Saturday. They will have a rematch with Murray State at 4:45.
written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations