Lady Bisons split doubleheader with Eastern Kentucky
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Feb. 28, 2007

Game 1

Game 2

The Lady Bisons found themselves on opposite ends of shutouts as they split a doubleheader with Eastern Kentucky.

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Draper Diamond the Lady Bisons dropped game 1 by a score of 5-0 and then won the nightcap 8-0 in a game that was called due to the 8-run rule.

In the first game Kelsey Anderson held the Lady Bisons to only three hits, a season low. Anderson struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk.

"We came out a little flat," Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck said. "We talked about it throughout that game. We can't come out flat, especially at home."

Christen Campbell, 5-3, was on the mound for the Lady Bisons. She pitched her sixth complete game of the season, but also picked up her second loss. Campbell scattered 10 hits and gave up three earned runs. She struck out four and walked one.

Eastern Kentucky scored three runs in the fourth and added two more in the sixth on a home run by Chanze Patterson, her second of the season, Patterson also had an RBI-producing double.

Shyenne Hussey led all batters with three hits, one a double.

Center field Lauren Dortwegt hit a pair of singles from the lead-off spot. Left fielder Julia Davidson hit a double.

"We were never able to get anything going offensively," Peck said. "We had scattered hits. We popped up some bunts. We struggled getting anything going. Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance."

In game two the Lady Bisons responded to a pep talk from Peck as they connected for 11 hits off of two Eastern Kentucky pitchers.

"They weren't pleased," Peck said. "We weren't pleased. They knew they were flat. I told them the physical part of the game will come if the mental part is there. They brought it mentally from the first pitch in game two."

Kalyn Fox started for Eastern, allowing nine hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. She struck out three and walked two. Jenn Bledsoe came in and faced only two batters, giving up two hits and one run.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning. First baseman Heather Collins led off with a home run, her fifth of the season, which ties her with Kellie Sirus for the team lead.

Kellie Sirus followed with a single. Shortstop Abby Keese reached base on a fielder's choice. With two outs catcher Niki Bails singled. Second baseman Kristie Sirus doubled to bring in two runs.

In the fifth the Lady Bisons sealed the win. With two outs Collins walked. Kellie Sirus singled. Samantha Little took Collins place as a pinch-runner. Keese singled Samantha Little home.

Campbell singled bringing in Kellie Sirus and Keese. Kristie Sirus doubled to score Campbell. Bails then stole home to end the game.

Kristie Sirus led the Lady Bisons with three hits and three RBI. Kellie Sirus, Abby Keese and Niki Bails each were credited with two hits.

"Hitting-wise we were much more focused at the plate in game two," Peck said.

Kim Jacobson, 3-2, went the distance for the Lady Bisons for her third shutout of the season. She allowed only three hits. She did not record a strikeout or a walk.

"Kim did a really good job of getting ground outs which is what she does best," Peck said. "She pitched an excellent game. It was big. We needed that out of her.

"She gave up one hit, a double, in the first inning. We got out of it. I think that was a big confidence builder to get out of that inning after giving up a good hit like that."

The Lady Bisons head to Georgia Tech Friday and Saturday for the Buzz Classic hosted by Georgia Teach. The 25 teams in the tournament are divided into five pools. The top three teams in each pool advance to Sunday's finals.

The Lady Bisons open Friday morning at 9 a.m. against New Mexico. The other teams in their pool are Centenary, Indiana State and Georgia Tech.

"It is going to be a tough tournament," Peck said. "New Mexico is a very good team. They play all of the teams out West. They play a solid game.

"Georgia Tech is typically ranked. They are in the top 30 this season. Indiana State is better than it has been in a long time. Centenary is the only team we don't know that much about."