Lady Bisons enthusiasm curbed by MTSU's hitting
Saturday, February 25, 2006

Feb. 25, 2006

Box Score

Lady Bisons softball coach Kristin Peck liked the enthusiasm she saw in her team, but she would have preferred to see her players swing the bat with more gusto in a 4-3 loss Friday afternoon to Middle Tennessee State in the Breast Cancer Strikeout Classic at Murfreesboro, Tenn.

"I felt like today we really came out strong," said Peck. "I felt we had a great warm-up. We really came out strong early on in the game.

"It's awesome as a coach that your players as so into it and ready to be there and compete. That's always a good way to start off."

In the third inning the Lady Bisons struck first. Julia Davidson doubled. With two out Alysha Forsythe singled to score Davidson.

Middle Tennessee bounced back with four third inning runs.

"We are started strong and scored early in the game," said Peck. "We let them back in a little bit and they took the lead."

The Lady Bisons added runs in the top of the fourth. Kim Jacobson singled to lead off. With one out Leigh Little singled. They both moved up a base on a passed ball. Niki Bails singled home both runs.

"We fought back and got within one, but we never could get another run across," said Peck. "We are learning still. We are learning how to be better hitters and how to be more disciplined at the plate."

Both teams posted 10 hits. Little led the Lady Bisons with three hits. Davidson had two hits, including a double. The Lady Bisons left 11 runners on base. Middle Tennessee stranded six.

"We stranded quite a few," said Peck. "The opportunities were there. We just didn't take advantage of them.

"We talked about that after the game. We had everything the way we wanted, but we just didn't execute. We didn't get an error, but we had a couple of defensive miscues. Overall our defense played well."

Sara Meek started on the mound for the Lady Bisons. She allowed seven runs and four earned runs in three innings. She walked one and struck out two.

Allison Tyree pitched three innings in relief. She gave up three hits, but did not walk a batter.

"Allison threw very well," said Peck. "She is one of those who is going to be ready whenever you need her. She knows that her role may be to come in and pitch one inning or it may be to start here and there or maybe come in and close."

The Lady Bisons are 2-7 for the season. Middle Tennessee is 2-6.

The Lady Bisons play Loyola-Chicago at 1 p.m. Saturday followed by Tennessee-Martin at 3. They close out the Classic Sunday morning at 9.