Lady Bisons Open Season With Win Over Austin Peay
Saturday, September 3, 2005


The Lady Bisons defeated the Lady Govs of Austin Peay State University on Tuesday afternoon 4-3 in extra innings. Game two of the double-header was suspended due to darkness. Game two will be continued at Austin Peay on March 17.

Lipscomb made a dramatic come from behind win after being down 3-2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning. Heather Collins excuted a sacrifice bunt to advance Erin Gonzales to third base. Jessica Wilson then hit a sac-fly to right field to score Gonzales from third base and tied the score 3-3. Leigh Little hit a two out pinch-hit double. Kate Richards came to the plate and reached on an error by Austin Peay's first baseman, Little scored the winning run.

Lipscomb knocked in four runs off of 10 hits while committing four errors. Austin Peay scored three runs off of five hits and committed two errors. Austin Peay left seven runners on base, Lipscomb left 11 runners on base.

Sara Meek not only pitched a great game, but was offensively perfect in game one. Meek went 3 for 3 at the plate and scored two runs. Candice McWherter also had a multi-hit game as she went 2 for 4 at the plate. Jessica Wilson was 1 for 3 and drove in a game high two RBI's.

"I was really proud of the way we battled throughout the entire game. So many times last year we were so close, but couldn't get over the hump. It was nice to be able to keep coming back and get the win. We felt good with the way we hit the ball. We had a lot of chances to score, but we just couldn't get the timely hit that could have opened it up. When you get the pitching with did with Sara's outting and get ten hits you feel pretty good, but the 11 runners left on is something we'll need to improve on. When you put a new team on the field you always have some growing pains and I think we'll get better with our communication as we learn to play together. I really feel like we have a chance to have a special season if we keep working hard and playing together,"said Head Coach Andy Lane.

The Lady Bisons are now 1-0 and the Lady Govs are now 0-1 on the season. The Lady Bisons will be in Oklahoma this weekend for the OU/Nike Classic Tournament. Lipscomb will take on Oklahoma on Friday at 1:00 p.m. followed by two games on Saturday vs North Texas and two singles on Sunday against Creighton and Oklahoma. Oklahoma University is once again one of the nations top teams and a former National Champion. Be sure to visit the Oklahoma website to hear the games via the internet when the Lady Bisons play Oklahoma.

"This will be a nice trip for our team. It is always good to go on the road as we build our team. A trip like this will help you down the road as we enter into conference play,"said Lane.

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------ Austin Peay......... 000 101 01 - 3 6 2 Lipscomb............. 000 101 02 - 4 10 4 ------------------------------------------