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Lady Bisons split with Mercer in doubleheader
Courtney Billington
Courtney Billington

Friday, April 09, 2010

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons have lost games this season. But to lose their first Atlantic Sun Conference game after winning their first nine was a little bit of a disappointment.

Friday night in Macon, Ga., the Lady Bisons beat Mercer 2-1 in the first game, but lost 3-1 in game two. The Lady Bisons are 32-8 overall.

Saturday at noon the Lady Bisons are back in action when they travel to Kennesaw State for a pair of games. Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman hopes her players can put the loss behind them before facing the Lady Owls in another crucial A-Sun series. Kennesaw State is 19-16 overall, 5-3 in the conference, after beating Belmont 7-5 and 2-0 Friday.

“Obviously, it didn’t go the way we had planned,” Ryman said. “We made some untimely mistakes and we didn’t get some timely hits. It all kind of combined and went against us.

“At the same, it is not the end of the world. We still have quite a few conference games left. We have to have a short memory. We want to learn from it and get better from it and move on.”

Christen Campbell, 8-2, 1.17 earned run average, pitched for the Lady Bisons. She gave up three runs, but only one was earned. She allowed four hits and struck out three.

Campbell also helped herself at the plate as she drove in the lone run for the Lady Bisons. Sirus walked and then stole second. She moved to third when Courtney Billington grounded out. Sirus scored on a single through the right side by Campbell.

Billington and Lauren Dortwegt each had a pair of hits. Abby Keese and Billington each had a double.

In game one Sirus slammed a solo home run with two outs in the seventh to give the Lipscomb Lady Bisons what proved to be the winning run.

Sophomore right-hander Whitney Kiihnl picked up the win and raised her Atlantic Sun record to 5-0. She is 21-2 overall.

Mercer scored in the first inning, the first time Kiihnl has given up a run this season in an A-Sun game. Kiihnl gave up four hits, walked two and struck out four.

Billington led with three hits. She also had one run batted in. Dortwegt pounded two doubles and Billington added one. Sirus hit her homer, her eighth of the year, to left field.

“It was a huge hit,” Ryman said. “We had a leadoff double on e inning and we didn’t score. We had a double with one out twice and didn’t score. We left bases loaded at one point. They did a good job of keeping us off of the boards.”

Joining Billington in multiple hits were center fielder Lauren Dortwegt with two and junior left fielder Mackenzie Tucker with two. “Both games were close to the very end,” Ryman said. “The intensity of those two games is what we are going to face in the conference tournament.

“We have a target on our back and we know that. We have to expect everybody’s best games from here on out. If that means we don’t have the luxury of making a few mistakes her e and there we are going to have to get tougher.”

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.