Feb. 19, 2007
They may be young, but they know how to win.
The Lady Bisons are 5-1 to start the season after beating Coastal Carolina 5-3 Sunday to close out a four-game series that also featured Elon in Conway, S.C. at the Coastal Carolina Softball Complex.
"Starting out the season 5-1 is a huge confidence builder," Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck said. "We beat Western Carolina twice to open the season and they are the Southern Conference regular season champion.
"Coastal Carolina is a top team in the Big South Conference. They are traditional NCAA regional tournament team. To take two games from them over the weekend speaks volumes about how we are playing."
In the first inning the Lady Bisons opened with one run. Lauren Dortwegt singled to third base. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Niki Bails. Collins singled down the leftfield line scoring Dortwegt.
Coastal Carolina tied the game in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 lead with another solo run in the second.
Coastal Carolina added another run in the fifth.
Dortwegt and Keese each had three hits, season highs for both of them. Collins had two hits. The Lady Bisons slammed 10 hits off of three Coastal Carolina pitchers.
"I think we are very capable of continuing to hit with power," Peck said. "We are in a groove. We are seeing the ball well."
Peck gave graduate assistant coach Amber Wood much of the credit for the Lady Bisons hitting.
"We have been doing a lot of work on bat speed," Peck said. "We have been working on seeing pitches better. We have also been working on pitch selection and pitch recognition."
Kim Jacobson earned her second win of the season. She gave up 12 hits in seven innings. She struck out nine and walked two.
The Lady Bisons travel to Chattanooga Wednesday to face Tennessee-Chattanooga.